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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 name is Wendi.  Our oldest son just left on Aug 30th for bootcamp.  It has been really hard on our whole family.  He hasn't ever been away from home and life seems very strange without him.  He has wanted to be in the military his whole life so he is living his dream and I couldn't be prouder but this is just hard on a poor mama.  I look forward to hearing more from all of you who are going through this with me.  I have already read that  many of you have very similar thoughts and feelings as mine so this will be therapeutic for me.  One question I do have about the address.  His recruiter said he would get it for us but I haven't heard back from him.  Will it be sent to us soon or will it have to come through the recruiter.  Thanks,



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Comment by hotrod (ship 09 div 323) on September 2, 2011 at 8:15pm
you will get it from your son in your first letter from him, its basically a fill in the blanks from letter but it will have the address in it. good luck and hang in there. were all here for you
Comment by Philly5 (Justin's proud mom) on September 2, 2011 at 9:13pm
HI Wendi.  ya going through it right now too.  My son left a week before yours.  I received his box within a week, and the form letter just a few days after that.  The form letter has their PIR graduation date, address, the four names of who is on PIR list and at the end of the letter is a spot for recruit comments.  You will be amazed at the penmanship...i sure was.  It sure is easier for me right now knowing that he is doing OK.  i can't wait for my first real letter from him.  Hang in there - It will get a little easier with time.  Laura from WI.
Comment by Philly5 (Justin's proud mom) on September 2, 2011 at 9:14pm
and good luck to you,  your family and your SR!!
Comment by wendi9 on September 3, 2011 at 7:11pm
Judy, that is amazing.  We did get the form letter today with a short note from Josh and the address and info on him.  He is in ship12, div.354.  It was a treat.
Comment by wendi9 on September 4, 2011 at 12:31am

Judy, that is great.  I will make sure that we all do that.  I guess photos are ok to send in the letter?


Comment by Diana (Proud Navy Mom) on September 5, 2011 at 12:23am
wendi, my son left on 9-1 and I am still waiting for his box and form letter.  You are so right about coming on here helping you cope!  So good to be able to talk to others going through the same thing.
Comment by Bandito's Mom on September 5, 2011 at 4:45pm
Wendi, What PIR date did they give your son?  Mine is going in tomorrow.  I am guessing my SR's PIR will be a week later then yours (although with the Navy, who knows).
Comment by wendi9 on September 5, 2011 at 6:18pm
I got a call this morning from my sweet son.  He sounded so good.  He was calling to get more info for his security clearance.  I was able to tell him how much I love him.  It was a wonderful surprise.  When I saw the area code I knew it was him.  I was just hoping it wasn't something bad.  I couldn't answer it fast enough.  Good day.
Comment by wendi9 on September 5, 2011 at 6:20pm
Bandito's mom, His PIR in Oct. 21st.
Comment by Bandito's Mom on September 5, 2011 at 8:30pm
Wow, That is less then 8 weeks! Wonder if they got all the processing done in a hurry before the Labor Day holiday.  We were thinking our SR's would be the first weekend in Nov, but now seems that there is a strong possibiity it could be in October.   I hope so, October seems so much sooner. LOL


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