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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 as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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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Every afternoon I hurry home from work so I can check the mail.  Nothing yet.  I'm kind of bummed.

I write Mal about every other day.  I bought a roll of stamps last week and I'm looking forward to using them all up.  I really just want a letter...a real one.

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Comment by Cat(Mom of an AO) on April 13, 2011 at 3:26pm
How long has he been in BC? It took a bit over two weeks for me to hear from my son. I first recieved the form letter and then he wrote me as often as he could. I usually recieved one letter every Friday. Hope you hear something real soon.
Comment by Stacey on April 13, 2011 at 3:34pm
He arrived on 3/29.  I received the form letter already just no "real" mail yet.
Comment by nicksmum on April 13, 2011 at 6:19pm
malachai,s mom, my son left for boot camp on march 10th, i didnt get a letter until march 31, he called on the same day but I missed it. he said they where allowed to receive their letters but not open them until the next sunday, that was very hard for him. you will get your letters soon, remember no news is good news. if there was something wrong you would of been notified already. best of luck to you
Comment by AJVNavyMom on April 13, 2011 at 8:16pm
Hang in there.  The letter will come and then about once a week.  They usually write on Sundays, you get it around Thrs./Fri.  Write as much as you can, they love mail!  You'll get a call end of week three.  Remember to just listen, they have lots to say.  Just know that every empty minute of every empty day will be all worth the wait when you see the incredible change at PIR.  I know how hard it is, my son left Jan. 4th and it was the longest 8 weeks of my life.  He graduated 3/4 and is already on his way in A-School.  It is a challenge for us, but just imagine how it must be for them.  All the best to you and your Sailor!
Comment by jek4navy on April 15, 2011 at 11:26am
Even though you are not getting any letters yet, keep writing. Even every day, if you can. My son told me how much the letters mean in BC. Like a holiday for them when they get to read them!
Comment by Paula on April 16, 2011 at 7:33am

When my son was in boot camp, I wrote to him and also enclosed some stamps. That really worked.


Comment by pattyb on April 20, 2011 at 5:45am
I have been sending letters and can't wait for the day I eceive one from my son!!  It helps me to write letters-
Comment by Paula on April 20, 2011 at 4:49pm
Hang in there, you will get them. They love family pictures too! Boot camp keeps them very busy, even in the middle of the night, they get woken up to do crazy stuff. My son also went to the chapel a lot. My son came out of boot camp with a much greater respect for family.


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