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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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Just got through watching my son get on the van to Amarillo (in Lubbock, TX).  From there he will get on a plane tomorrow headed to RTC.  I knew this would be tough but ...WOW!  I know he is going to a great place and that he has a good future planned out but it is so hard letting go and allowing him to spread his wings and fly solo!  If anyone else has kids going into RTC now, it would be great to get to know you as well as anyone else who may have advice.  My son should be going to Pensicola after RTC to train for CTT.


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Comment by rcmsmom 09/291 on July 18, 2011 at 10:20pm
My son left on 7/12.  Day one was hard, but I will warn you that day two is even harder as you will have received the call that they are there, and at the end of the day you can't pickup that phone to find out how their first day went.  I wrote a letter a day three once we had his address, and then my husband and daughter did the same on following days so that he will receive plenty of mail.  Today his package of belongings came, that was emotional, but we are very proud of him and have had a tremendous amount of support for him.  I am trying to find others on his ship & division but haven't had any luck as of yet, maybe tomorrow.  Best of luck to you and your SR.  Keep me posted on how it goes.
Comment by tygerh on July 18, 2011 at 11:10pm

Thx for the response.  I will keep you posted and the same goes for you.  Maybe our sons paths will cross at some point.  Good luck in finding others in his ship and division.


Comment by Momof3kidz(IT) on July 19, 2011 at 10:55am
Good luck!  Hang in there and start writing now.  Once you get the address you can send them all.  The only thing they look forward to is mail call.  Trust me, it's just as hard on them as it is on us.  Make sure you try to keep the letters upbeat and continue to tell him how proud you are.  I'm going on 4 weeks.  Got the first phone call yesterday and he sounded kinda down.  I miss him so much and can't wait until 8-19! 
Comment by tygerh on July 19, 2011 at 2:37pm

Thx for the advice.  I actually did start writing this morning so that I could have a letter ready as soon as I know an address even though this is just the day of his flying into Chicago.  At least you're at the halfway point.  Hopefully, it will pass quickly for us.  

Comment by KellySHIP07DIV193 on July 19, 2011 at 6:56pm
Don't forget to send pictures. I printed a bunch of small photos on printer paper. That way my son could throw them away if he ran out of room in his locker. Also, after about three weeks, I started sending jokes, headline news and other things like that to keep him in good spirits and in touch with reality. This is not only hard on them, but it's emotionally draining on us as parents!
Comment by Trav'smom 07/303 on July 19, 2011 at 8:01pm

My son left yesterday to go to Albany NY and leaving today.  Such mixed emotions.  I am very proud and very sad at the same time.  Very hard to watch the dog though she is lost without her "boy"



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