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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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Well one week has passed since I sent my son off to the Navy. It's been a week of ups and downs. I received his box yesterday but no other information as of yet. The hardest part is not hearing his voice or seeing his smile... I just try to remain positive, knowing in 7 weeks I will be the proud mother of a sailor!!

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Comment by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 3, 2013 at 4:31pm
Thank you for that!! My son would be one to write a little something on it too. I'm getting better at handling this all but there are those little things that sneak up on means I lose it... I'll be excited when I hear his voice and know he's doing ok...
Comment by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 3, 2013 at 4:31pm
Oops....sneak up on
Comment by Acecase101 on April 3, 2013 at 6:48pm

My son just left today for great lakes it feels like a lifetime waiting for the phone call from him letting me know he made it their ok

Comment by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 3, 2013 at 7:43pm
The call will come but it's typically later at night when they arrive at's a very brief and scripted call...not what I expected but at least I knew he was safely there... Depending on his flight time could be very late ... My son called around 10pm...hang in there... Paula
Comment by Debbie on April 3, 2013 at 9:21pm
I am right there with ya, we just need to stay positive and be proud of our child for making this most amazing decision of being a part of our armed forces to protect out wonderful country!!!
Comment by Acecase101 on April 3, 2013 at 9:29pm

Thank's  to all who answered my question he finally called me about a half hour ago and yes it was very brief but just to hear his voice was enough to put my mind at ease. I'm so glad I found this site I think it will make things easier on myself knowing that their are other mothers out their who understand the feelings i'm going through.


Comment by Debbie on April 4, 2013 at 8:39pm
Going on two weeks tomorrow, got the box, the form letter but now I am really need a letter from my son, , how many more days do I have wait till he is able to write home????
Comment by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 4, 2013 at 9:36pm
Not sure... I just got the letter...I've written letters everyday but I won't send then until I know for sure his address... I missing him bad tonight... Ugh!!!
Comment by MomThatLovesHerSon on April 4, 2013 at 10:29pm

Paula M, my son just left this past Tue.  I got the call Tue. night around 11:00 EST.  It was very short but SO nice to hear his voice.  I was better after the call.  Now, waiting for the box.  I wonder if it will be left at my door or just a slip that I have to sign and then I'll have to wait until at least the next day for the box to be left.

I don't know if my son will write or not.  He, like so many other young folks, would rather text and I am not sure when he does not have that option, if he will write.  I hope so!!

Comment by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 5, 2013 at 7:32am
The box comes via FedEx... They left a slip at my door and I went and picked it up... You can sign for it on the slip but I couldn't wait another
My son likes texting too but when they do not have the option...they will write..
Hang in there...its not an easy road but just knowing they are safe, keeps me going...


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