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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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It has been one week since my daughter left. I woke up this morning so very sad. I can't believe how much I miss her. She has lived away from home for several years and the phone has become our "connection": random texts, calls, and pictures messages. Now.... there is nothing. Not even on FB. I know this too shall pass, just seems so strange.

I am so proud of the decision she made, the research she did, and her sacrifices. I just..... worry. I sent her a letter packet yesterday. Complete with stamps, envelopes, paper, comics, and pictures. I think that's what really brought it home; made it real.

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Comment by chocolatelablover on January 12, 2012 at 11:00am

I know how you feel. My son left for BC on 13 Dec. and while he is 28 and has been married, living away for 3 years we too had that phone, social network thing going. If I could suggest one thing for you to send would be some of your own return address labels. It will save her time writing out your address. I even created labels with my son's RTC address so he doesn't have to take the time for that either. Every moment counts. Stay strong!

Comment by Tee-1sailor's mom on January 12, 2012 at 11:27am

It is hard....the sudden non-communication, but hang with your BC group, they are going through it as the same time you are.  Soon, you'll start stalking the mailman for letters and straping your cell phone to your arm.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  All the best to your SR !!

Comment by kryssieb on January 12, 2012 at 1:16pm

Thank you so much! I am hoping to receive "something" soon.

Comment by IndianaBounsMom on January 13, 2012 at 11:36am

My eyes swell with tears as I read this as I can only imagine the circle of emotions you are going through. We have yet to go through this, as my stepson doesn’t leave for basic training until August, but already the emotional roller coaster ride has begun. I’m sure your daughter is missing as well and is anxiously awaiting the moment she can call, text or picture message you again. Stay strong, mom! Hugs from IN.


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