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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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My son went in on August 1st.  I know it is most likely still way too early to hear from other moms with family in this ship/div number but I would love to hear from you!  We can give each other support!

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Comment by lemonelephant on August 7, 2012 at 12:32pm

You may wish to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Mom's, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here.  You will find lots of information and support.  Once you know your son's PIR date (possibly September 28), go to and click on the PIR date and then join the group to connect with others with loved ones training with your SR.  FTLW is looking for someone to start the group for September 28 who has received the form letter.

You may want to check out and They will give you an idea of what is happening.

(Links and group names within this comment are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)

Comment by Leisa Ship13 Div309 Grad 9-28 on August 7, 2012 at 1:38pm

My son went in August 1st also how did you find his ship information so fast. I have heard nothing since he left.

Comment by laurasue87 on August 7, 2012 at 1:44pm
Thank you ladies for the information. leisa-yeah. It was pretty fast. I already had his address by the 3rd. The recruiter gave it to me and also posted it on his fb page.
Comment by lemonelephant on August 7, 2012 at 2:03pm

Double-check the address the recruiter gave you against the ones at because sometimes a recruiter gives a generic address for the RTC and if you do not have the correct street address, then it can delay mail to your SR, sometimes by 3 weeks or more.

Comment by laurasue87 on August 7, 2012 at 7:21pm
I checked it out and it all adds up! Thank you!
Comment by lemonelephant on August 7, 2012 at 9:04pm


Comment by Leisa Ship13 Div309 Grad 9-28 on August 7, 2012 at 9:18pm

laurasue87, that was sons recruiter is a bit lazy and says i need to wait to get a letter....i received my kid in the box, minus the kid so they say lol today.  it felt strange but i immediately took his clothes out and could smell him, made me sad but happy also to get at least something that reminded me of him.  Anyway, i read on this website i can call public affairs and get his ship/div and then they gave a link to get his address.  I called today but they had already closed i will find first thing tomorrow.  My son came to GL from Texas.


Comment by lemonelephant on August 7, 2012 at 9:30pm

It should only be suggested to call or email the Public Affairs Office (PAO) for the Ship and Division numbers if your SR has been gone more than 3 weeks and you have not received a form letter since it can sometimes take 3 weeks to get the form letter.  We suggest this to those with exes when the ex will not share the info in the form letter.  The PAO is great, but we don't want to send people to them for info that is coming soon when they are very busy and sometimes (often lately) undermanned.

Comment by lemonelephant on August 7, 2012 at 9:37pm

Leisa N, be sure to join the groups mentioned above.

laurasue87, I forgot to mention that Divisions 311 and 312 are brother divisions and train together and willl have Battle Stations-21 together, so watch for others with loved ones in either division.

Comment by laurasue87 on August 8, 2012 at 8:55am
Okay! Thank you so much for all of your help! This stuff is a bit overwhelming right now! lol! I will be sure to watch out for others.


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