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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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At 12:51am on December 15, 2013, BougieRae said…
Mom's always notice and I know my son. I just keep hearing that they will be different when they come home. My son has always been very structured, responsible and loved having fun. I don't here the man I'm use to hearing
At 12:33am on December 15, 2013, BougieRae said…
This last called had me very concerned because he did not sound himself. My son is very upbeat and spiritual. I have noticed his writing style has changed.
At 12:30am on December 15, 2013, BougieRae said…
If I did I can't remember because I'm so happy to hear his voice.
At 12:29am on December 15, 2013, BougieRae said…
Not sure he doesn't speak to me about somethings but I will ask.
At 12:19am on December 15, 2013, BougieRae said…
I'm trying to be strong for my other boys and hubby, but I so miss my first born. We all starting to notice the little things. My son loves cereal and I stayed running to the store for milk. Now milk and cereal just sit in the pantry. All the men stay focus by working out together....but what I'm I to do. He was my alarm clock in the morning, when he came in from work he would wake me up with music. He loves music, guess this is one of those days.
At 12:07am on December 15, 2013, BougieRae said…
Yes, that's my son. So glad they have some strong friends.
At 6:35pm on December 14, 2013, BougieRae said…

So glad to here that you just finished your last treatment. My son will be going straight to A-school after graduation. I'm walking around the house holding my phone so I won't miss the call if they get one today. My son told us don't worry about coming for Christmas, just saved the money and he would see us at graduation. My husband said it was best because he didn't want him to loose focus. Have a bless time with your son and hug him even harder for all us mom's.

At 7:32pm on November 25, 2013, Maggie said…

I'm sorry you missed you call! I would be doing the same thing-listening over and over. He sounded good! His voice sounded even deeper-probably from all the shouting-and said it was tough but overall that he's doing good. He sounded strong, and said he was going to the commmissary to get some stuff and that they would be writing letters tomorrow (Sunday).

At 8:23pm on November 23, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at the RTC, and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 9:35pm on November 22, 2013, Maggie said…

SO GREAT to meet you! I'm holding up ok. I'm keeping busy but I've had my days! Today I was missing Neil so much. I've been hoping to meet someone with a son in his div!

At 8:45pm on November 17, 2013, tracik88 said…

Have you gotten the box yet?

At 10:10pm on November 16, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You are very welcome. I am glad to help.

At 11:15pm on November 15, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Join Sailors In Pensacola, FL For A School....Corry Station too!! and Parents of A School Sailors in Pensacola. You may also want to check out Airman Family and Friends. The Rating Information Card for AB can be found at Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend. I invite you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and to check out the other Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) as well. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 2:50pm on November 14, 2013, momma1992 said…
We R In South Central Pa. Got The Call At 12:45Am Our Time. He Also Called Me At 10pM When He Landed. Here Anytime Someone Wants To Talk.
At 2:46pm on November 14, 2013, momma1992 said…
My Son also Arrived On 11/12/13
At 11:57am on November 14, 2013, kfuller05 said…

My son also arrived at Great Lakes yesterday and received my son's rushed phone call around 9:30.  Don't know if you saw this website yet, a lot of great information and they also stream the graduations live on this site, so family can watch. My name is Kim and my only son is Jacob We live in upstate New York.

At 11:26pm on November 12, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Thanks for the Friend request; I hope we can be around for some time to support each other. If there is ever anything I can help you with, don't hesitate to ask. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 7:07pm on October 25, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in November.  You will meet others with loved ones leaving that day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC. I also suggest you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions there.

Your future Sailor may want to join to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer him to some good links on there.

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