This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



Sample Form Letter. Looking for others in same Div or Ship? PIR Groups (listed to 7/19/2013).


Within a week after your recruit arrives at Great Lakes, you'll get THE BOX containing his old cloths and other personal items (look for his cell phone in his shoes). Next, you'll get the form letter with four important items.

  1. Your recruit's SHIP # and DIVISION # (Ships which are their barracks are also named, like USS Triton, USS Reuben James. Don't confuse these with the real life actual Navy vessels in service)
    Just below that is his address.  USE THIS ADDRESS FOR YOUR LETTERS.
  2. Further down, you'll find his graduation date. This is his PIR (Pass In Review/Boot Camp graduation) date.
  3. Next, you'll see the password needed to download the parking pass
  4. Finally, you'll see the four names (or three if there are many divisions)  your recruit has listed official as his guests. (4 per recruit)

If you are lucky, you'll find a very brief note from your recruit. There is not much room to write, so don't be disappointed.  It's most important that you review the information on the Family Guide from the Recruit Training Command. Print it out and make notes.



If you have received your form letter, find your PIR date and join one of the established groups listed below. Keep this letter in a safe place and/or scan and save on your hard disk as a backup.

Just click on the underlined links below to go to the groups for the PIR dates (normally a Friday).  When the page opens up, join the group by click +JOIN on upper right. Good luck and thank you to all Sailor Recruits and their families.

               PIR: 7/19/2013        TG 36 (to be updated - Begins w Div 267?? & contains Div 936)

               PIR: 7/12/2013        TG 35 - 9 Divisions (257-264 & 935)

               PIR: 7/03/2013        TG 34 - 11 Divisions (247-256 & 934) NOTE: Wednesday

               PIR: 6/28/2013        TG 33 - 12 Divisions (237 to 246 & 933)

               PIR: 6/21/2013        TG 32 - 9 Divisions (229-236 & 932)

               PIR: 6/14/2013        TG 31 - 9 Divisioins (221-228 & 931)

               PIR: 6/07/2013        TG 30 - 11 Divisions (213-220, 812, 813 & 930)

               PIR: 5/31/2013        TG 29 - 10 Divisions (205-212,811 & 929)    

Looking for your alumni PIR group?  Click HERE.


If you have not visited the Navy RTC site, please do so ASAP. Print out the Family Guide.  This is the official word.  Note the new page which was recently added with information regarding Military Personnel Attending PIR.

Recruit Training Command  (clickable link)

Family Guide (clickable link)

If your recruit has not left for boot camp yet, consider joining the following groups:

      BOOT CAMP MOMS  (clickable link)

      NAVY MEPS & DEP FAMILIES  (clickable link)

You will also learn a great deal about what your recruit will be going through by watching the videos, looking at the powerpoint presentation, diagrams and other information contain in the N4M Survival Guide  (clickable link) - this guide has everything you need. You'll always be able to find it in the featured FORUM discussions.

Here is what the form letter will look like, courtesy of Denise .. a Retired Seabee mom. For your convenience, the four important areas are highlighted.

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Comment by Hayden'smom02-923PIR04/20 on February 25, 2012 at 8:18pm

Thank you this is very helpful!

Comment by Donna on March 21, 2012 at 4:10pm

Very much appreciated.


Comment by Mom2131Ship11/Div156 on March 31, 2012 at 6:21pm

Thanks for this info. I am very much looking forward to receiving the letter and get the address to mail our letters.

Comment by Theresa's Mom *Ship7 Div161* on April 2, 2012 at 6:31pm

Thank you for the infor cant wait to  receiving this letter,This is very helpful :)

Comment by Anne PIR 7-27-12 Ship 04 Div 817 on June 10, 2012 at 12:16pm

Thank you this was very helpful.

Comment by EMTMac72 (Ship 07, DIV 257) on June 28, 2012 at 3:59pm

What if you have a family member that is interested in attending his graduation that isn't on the list he provided.  My husband & I & my 11 yr old son are scheduled to attend but he has 2 vacant tickets, is there a way to find out if his cousin can attend since he is allowed 4 guests?

Comment by Navymom55555 on July 14, 2012 at 10:01pm

how many parking passes can be printed?

Comment by sandi (Ship12,DIV321) on August 15, 2012 at 11:08pm

I will be looking forward to this letter. It should be arriving any day now I think.Thank you so much.

Comment by Janet on September 8, 2012 at 12:54pm

Thank you, can't seem to get her address from the recruiter, so I will wait for the form letter, I thought it would be in "the box".  Now I know it will be coming soon.

Comment by maggie_Ship 12/Div 361 on September 18, 2012 at 8:06am

Thank you, very helpful  information.  Does anyone know the time PIR begins? 


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