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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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Today has been hard. I'm always texting one of my grown children asking how's it going, good luck on your first day, or some such thing. Not being able to check up is hard, so waiting on the form letter so I can at least write. So very proud of his choice

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on November 22, 2019 at 12:54pm

Welcome AviationMomJoin - be sure to join this group for boot camp moms.  

You'll find answers to most of your questions there.  You should receive the official form letter in about 9-14 business days.  Once you get that you can join your SR's PIR group.

Hang in there!

Comment by Jodi B on November 22, 2019 at 11:52pm
Hello, I understand. My son left on November 12 and not being able to check in on him or talk to him has been more difficult than imagined. Lots of prayers and tears. And a lot of cleaning, painting , house chores, running just to stay busier than usual. Hang in there!
Comment by Laina72 on November 23, 2019 at 5:02am

Hello, my son also left on the 20th. Many sleepless nights so far wondering what he is doing (and if he’s slept yet!) Hoping this gets a little easier as the days/weeks go on..

Comment by Brooke on November 23, 2019 at 10:17am
My son also left 11/20. What is the expected PIR?
Comment by AviationMom on November 23, 2019 at 12:15pm
Jan 17 or 24. Thanks everyone sharing. I don't feel alone with my worries.
Comment by BlueRiverNut7 on November 23, 2019 at 7:51pm

My son left on the 20th also. I was misty eyed but didn't cry. My heart is with him- he knows it. I actually changed jobs recently and that has helped. Each day is closer to hearing from him or closer to graduation. I think that's when I'll be crying like a baby.  When I see him-that will be the test-if I can keep it together.  Sending good vibes to all to help them through their loved ones BC.

Comment by Laura on November 25, 2019 at 3:15pm
My son arrived at boot camp today, and I just received his phone call. Mixed emotions, as I’m very proud, but of course sad he’s gone.
Comment by Phoenixmom on November 25, 2019 at 6:03pm

To try to figure out when PIR will be, count 9 Fridays including the Friday of the week he left. it could be the week before or the week after depending if he went in and filled a Div. or if he has to wait for his Div. to fill. These sites will answer some of your Questions.

Comment by Patty on November 26, 2019 at 10:34am

I dropped my son off at MEPS yesterday for him to ship out today. I know he will have a long few days up ahead, but for now I'm just waiting on the I have arrived phone call.

Comment by LionsFan on November 30, 2019 at 9:41pm
Our son also entered RTC on 11/20. It has been hard not being able to talk to him or know how he is. He called this past Tues. and said he got sick and had to drop back a division and he sounded a bit emotional. That leaves us with more questions and worried. Although we called the recruiter...he did say that does not always mean his PIR is bumped from what we understand. We weren't sure if he called us at the end of the sickness or the start. We did get a division number, but are not sure if it is the old or the new. trying not to worry and hang in there. I wish our kids knew how tough this is on parents too.


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