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



Received my second letter yesterday.  Andrew's letter was funny!  He sounded  happy,  back to his usual self.  He said that the first two weeks had been hard on him since he questions himself often, and was worried was he doing everything good enough.

It is true what they say about time.  Time has a way of helping us to work things out and make peace with ourselves as well as others.  Well it's been 4 weeks and 2 days and the time that has passed helped Andrew to be more confident in himself, and grown to a new level.  For me, the time passed has helped me to not feel so empty with him gone and has been replaced with a higher degree of pride in my son. 

My very best wishes to all of the sailor recruits, for reaching their dreams and to the parents the courage to let me leave.


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Comment by JamesMom on April 14, 2012 at 10:36pm

I am only 10 ays in and I haven't received any letter yet.  I am still chanting to myself, "no news is good news!"  LOL  I am happy to hear that your son is so positive.  Did you receive a third week phone call?  Just wondering ...  Good luck to your son and you!  Sincerely, Ann

Comment by Michelle on April 15, 2012 at 9:33am

Donna ~ time does help and receiving positive phone calls & letters help ease the pain even more!!  We have 26 more days to go ~ we can do this & so can our future sailors!! Take Care!!

Comment by Daniels Mom Ship 9 Div 135 on April 15, 2012 at 4:50pm

My son is in Ship 9 Div 135 his graduation date is May 4th, is that when your boyfriend graduates??

Comment by Donna on April 15, 2012 at 9:19pm
Hi Daniels mom,
Andrew graduates May 11. Your son is one week ahead of Andrew. You must be so exicited.
Comment by Daniels Mom Ship 9 Div 135 on April 15, 2012 at 9:34pm
We are staying at Great Lakes, my husband is retired AF sao we are staying on base, just for one night
Comment by Donna on April 15, 2012 at 9:53pm

Your the second mom I've heard back from that will be staying on base.  What an honor.  Nice to see the men and women that have served their country are treated this way.


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