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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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My Son just left to go to boot camp

My son just left Monday for boot camp.  It is so hard I miss him so bad.  Its the unknown that is so hard.  You go from talking to him everyday to not talking to him at all.  I hope some of the moms on this website can help me understand what is going on at boot camp.  I knew some stuff my son was in ROTC for 4 years in high school.  Where is the web site that shows the pictures at boot camp?  I know I might not see him but I still would like to see the pictures.  I really appreciate any help.  I really am not good on the computer and are not sure if this is where I should me typing this.  Thanks.

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Comment by Samantha on August 13, 2015 at 4:18pm

Nikki: I completely understand how you feel!!! My son left for BC on August the 5th! I got his box Tuesday. It made me miss him even more! I know he's safe, I know he's okay. But, it's the complete non-communication factor got me! Never in all of my son's life have I not been able to talk or text him, and now nothing! One of my co-workers used to be a Navy Recruiter. He said the Navy is unlike the other armed forces that show pictures during BC. Bummer for us.. :( I know I added the Naval Recruit Training Command on FB and I've noticed that they do show some pictures of the Recruits marching. However, it was well before my son had arrived. I check it throughout the day everyday. My son was in ROTC for 3 yrs. You can add me if you like. I look forward to PIR so I can just see him!! You can talk to me anytime!!

Comment by Angel7 on August 13, 2015 at 9:52pm

Samantha,  Thank you for your comment  i would like to add you but really don't know how  I am new just got on here today trying to learn how it works  I am not great with this new technology.  Your son is almost a week ahead of my son left on aug 10.  Have you got a letter from him yet?  I just wonder how long it will take.  I know this silly but is PIR graduation.  Talk to you soon  Thank you

Comment by lemonelephant on August 14, 2015 at 12:51am

Check out The PAO posts random photos randomly. The PAO does not usually identify the division/s photoed, so you have to look through all of them. There is no guarantee that your recruit will be photoed, but it is fun to look at the photos and get an idea of what is happening at the RTC. They do not have pages that follow a particular division.

Comment by lemonelephant on August 14, 2015 at 12:56am

Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening and what to expect. I see from another post that you know your recruit's address so you also know the PIR date, 10/02/2015.

Comment by Angel7 on August 14, 2015 at 10:11am

Thank you for your comment.  And thanks for the PIR date I didn't know where to find out all this.  I knew they will mail me a packet but I thought I might be able to find out sooner.  I also read that you should not send the any colored envelopes is that true?  I just don't want him to suffer extra for me sending something that I shouldn't send.  Thanks

Comment by Samantha on August 14, 2015 at 12:05pm

How did you get the PIR date and address? I haven't received a Form Letter at all! I asked his recruiter; she gave a me a temporary address but when I asked her yesterday she said that is the only address she can see online.. :( Can the Form Letter take a while?

Comment by Samantha on August 14, 2015 at 12:06pm

Oh.. My son did say he may been in the 800 division before he left because he is an Aircrewman

Comment by Angel7 on August 14, 2015 at 1:23pm

How long has it took to get a letter from your son/daughter?

Comment by lemonelephant on August 14, 2015 at 7:41pm

Samantha, Aircrewman (AIRC) are not in 800 divisions. See 800 and 900 Divisions.

Comment by lemonelephant on August 14, 2015 at 7:52pm

Samantha, I see from other comments that your recruit is in Division 947; 800 and 900 Divisions has info for you.


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