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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Wow! Things have moved so quickly it seems as if just yesterday JT left for bootcamp. Now after that roller coaster ride is over, he is at "A" school. He had done his "OC" spray and did ok with it, and now he has called and he got to choose his duty station. My shock and awe is still in effect. He still has the opportunity to stay stateside for a little longer if he gets "MWD" military war dog, but if not he leaves for Guam after "A" school graduation for two years!! Two years mind you!! Ugh!!! He is very excited, so that makes me happy for him. Things have gone so fast.... From SC to Chicago to San Antonio now on to Guam.... Wow he is going to be well traveled by the end of this next year!!!!
My heart breaks that I won't get to see much of him over the next 2 years but, I know that God has him and is moving him where he is needed. I also know that the Navy was the right choice for him. He is turning into such an awesome young man!! When I talk to him it's is sooo different from before he left in September. Now he is calm and cool and collect.... He gets excited yes, but it's not the little boy excitement of before. The Navy has made good changes in him and I am proud to be called a Navy mom....
So here's a HOOYAH for things to come!!! And to the beginning of a brand new journey!!!!! Gotta love the Navy!!!

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Comment by lemonelephant on December 13, 2012 at 10:07pm

MWD is Military Working Dog. If he is accepted for Dog Handler "C" School, you will want to join the group, MWD Handler Moms (clickable link).

Comment by HeatherT(09/003) on December 14, 2012 at 7:58am
Oh ok.... Thanks!!! I was just following what he said it was.... I'm still learning all this!! :) I am waiting to hear how interviews go he is supposed to interview this week or next and let me know. Prayin he gets what he wants.... Thanks !!!!
Comment by knappi on December 14, 2012 at 9:05am

Can i ask what "OC" spray is? i surely didn't do enoug research before my son left.. THank you!

Comment by HeatherT(09/003) on December 14, 2012 at 9:50am
OC spray is where they are sprayed with a type of mace and have to fight through the pain etc and run an obstical course in like 5 min. Time... It is very intense. JT said it really burns. Go to YouTube and type in Navy OC spray and you should see a video of it come up. OC is the initials for the scientific name....
If your like me I thought OC was some kind of ocean test and they were sprayed with water like big waves lol!!! You know California OC?!?!? Lol!! Still laughin at myself for that one! We are all learning in this adventure!! :) don't worry they teach them how to deal with it afterwards to get it off also.
Comment by knappi on December 14, 2012 at 10:08am

Good morning - thank you for your quick response, or maybe i could have waited to hear that description HAHA.. Oh my goodness. When does that take place in the process? Now that i have found this web site i can't stop researching everything. Not sure if it is a good or bad thing !!  i can't wait to hear his voice and am hoping that it is the voice i want to hear if that makes sense...Thank you again for responding!! Have a great day:)

Comment by HeatherT(09/003) on December 14, 2012 at 1:31pm
OC spray is done the first or second week of MA (Master at Arms) "A" school.
Is your son still in boot camp??
Comment by knappi on December 14, 2012 at 2:29pm

yes he is still in boot camp. Next tuesday will be his second week.. i know you are probably thinking oh you have a long way to go lady!!

Comment by lemonelephant on December 14, 2012 at 5:55pm

knappi, I see you have joined the PIR group your your SR's TG; you may also want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. There will be a lot of great information and support for you in those groups as well as in the PIR group. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions within the groups.

What will your SR's rating (job) be?  There are groups on here for most of the "A" Schools and/or ratings.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links.)

Comment by HeatherT(09/003) on December 14, 2012 at 7:02pm
Knappi.... No actually I was thinking she is starting on an awesome journey!! The veteran moms on here are a blessing along with lots of other moms too... Lemon elephant is awesome she is always very helpful. Make sure you look into those groups she suggested. You will learn a lot!! Time flies and it will seem like just yesterday you started this journey. Enjoy the ride :)
Prayers for you and you son as you start this life changing road. Be prepared for a new man soon. The Navy changes them.... They turn into some awesome wonderful young men and ladies!!
Don't be afraid to ask questions.... There is always someone willin to help you out. Stay on here and it really helps with the loneliness of having your son gone and not being able to talk to him much. :) lol.... I know it did me. And write!!! Lots and lots!!! I wrote everyday and my son loved it in fact when one of my letters came back for not enough postage he wrote and said mom I didn't get a letter for 3!!! Days from you are you ok?!?!!! Lol!! Gotta love em!!
Good luck to you and if I can help you out any please don't hesitate to contact me on here!!
Comment by lemonelephant on December 15, 2012 at 1:24am

HeatherT, thank you for your kind words. Your encouraging words for knappi are right on target; this is an awesome journey!


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