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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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...24 hours until I drop K off at the Recruiters station, I found this quote.  It helped explain a lot of the random tears to her.

"When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts." ~Robert Brault

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Comment by BunkerQB on January 23, 2012 at 10:10pm

For those with recruits at Boot Camp and run out of things to write ..........

Pearls of Wisdom... Courtesy of Paymaster

  • The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.  George Bernard Shaw
  • Justice without strength is helpless; strength without justice is tyrannical.  Blaise Pascal
  • Four things never come back-the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past live, and the neglected opportunity.  Arabian Proverb
  • You will never get ahead trying to get even.
  • The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.  Thomas Huxley
  • Goodness is the only investment that never fails.  Henry David Thoreau
  • The first time you quit, it's hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don't even have to think about it.  Paul "Bear" Bryant
  • When you win, there's glory enough for everybody. When you lose, there's glory for none.  Paul "Bear" Bryant
  • Winners do things the hard way, and losers do things the easy way.  Paul "Bear" Bryant
  • When you make a mistake, admit it; learn from it and don't repeat it.  Paul "Bear" Bryant
  • What not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.  Paul "Bear" Bryant
  • Do YOURSELF Proud.  Paul "Bear" Bryant
  • The scoreboard is not the correct measure of one's performance; If you gave everything you had - then you won; on the other hand, if you didn't give it your all, and the scoreboard says you won - you didn't, cause all you did was outscore your opponent and wasted your God given talent.  Paul "Bear" Bryant
  • The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it.  Jean Moliere
  • Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds.  Francois de la Rochefoucauld
  • There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding, and that which is lost by not trying.  Francis Bacon
  • You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late.
  • He who prizes little things is worthy of great ones.  German Proverb
  • It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.  Jean Moliere
  • To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.  Cardinal Newman
  • If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.  Mark Twain
  • The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.  Chinese Proverb
  • There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.  Aldous Huxley
  • This above all; to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day.  Thou canst not then be false to any man.  William Shakespeare
  • People seldom improve when they have no
Comment by BunkerQB on January 23, 2012 at 10:11pm


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