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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 4:17pm on March 20, 2021, Navyat34 said…

I’m so happy your son graduated and is already in A school.  He left for boot camp almost same day as my daughter.  She’s stuck at Great Lakes has not yet gone to A school in Florida. Hope it won’t be long as just waiting is not good for her.   She needs to be busy.  

At 1:59pm on March 18, 2021, Chipmunk said…

JWMom - I just saw your chat with Partyofseven in the Main Room chat - Congratulations on your sailor!!! WooHoo!! 

I saw Party gave you links to several groups, I also wanted to invite you to the Beyond BC group here on N4M. You can stay connected throughout your Navy journey in that group not just for A school but afterwards as well. There is one mom in that group who has a CS and probably had been the one who posted in Aug 2020 on that group.  Here is the link. If you have difficulty joining, just send me a not back - Beyond BC - Navy For Moms (

All the best to your sailor, and if by chance once he completes school and gets sent to Norfolk, let me know because my sailor is stationed there on the USS Ford. 

At 10:17am on February 23, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Good Morning JWMom - I have been helping a couple of the other ladies that are trying to connect and I saw that you had posted on Navyat34's page. 

Here is the link for the March PIR group. PIR: March 2021 TG-17-18 - Navy For Moms ( After you join and have been accepted, you should receive a confirmation email. It was sort of goofy the other day when I joined and I thought I still wasn't in, but I clicked the picture or something and it let me view the group. 

At 7:17pm on February 20, 2021, Gr8NavyFam said…

Hi JWMom! I was on cloud nine when I received a call from my SR as well. My SR is scheduled for graduation the following week. There now is a PIR group for March. There is currently two members including myself. I hope you will join us. 

At 12:56pm on January 9, 2021, Chipmunk said…

JWMom - Hi, just checking in and wanted to encourage you if you haven't already to go say hi and come join in our chatter on the BC Mom group. I know I said this the other day but sometimes an extra hello never hurts.

At 12:47am on January 7, 2021, belovedbyHim said…

Welcome!! Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy Speak and you can find it here. We are here to get you through the “Great Silence” of the next 4 weeks (ish) and the 10 weeks of BC (ish). You will come to learn that No News Is GOOD News and everything is Needs of the Navy. You life will be Hurry Up and Wait and it’s ok to make plans but they are subject to change until after they have happened so it’s best to embrace the Motto: Semper Gumby!! (Always Flexible!!)

The Expected timeline will look like this
Day 0 -- Travel, Arrival and "I'm Here" scripted phone call
Day 1-14 -- ROM (Restriction of Movement/ Quarantine-- Lots of studying and waiting)
Day 15-21 Arrive Onboard RTC and begin P-days (P-days- Initial Processing Days) including 2 days of P-hold (Weekend)
Day 21-- Complete P days. (Initial PFT & Run)
Day 22-- Begin training and mail form letter out. Look for it to arrive around 1-2 weeks later)
All of this is assuming no exposure to COVID with additional ROM
Training typically occurs Monday - Friday but we have heard rumors that Saturday’s are now training days as well.
Normal PIR will be 10 Fridays after departure from Home but it can be less by 1 but it can be extended by ???? (lots!!) It just depends on how many times they get caught in the “Ring of Fire” but do not get COVID. IF they get COVID, Once they are recovered they will not be removed from training again even if they are in the “Ring of Fire”. (so there is that small silver lining if kids get sick)
I Hope you’ll come and join us on the Main Boot Camp Moms page: You may have to scroll down a ways to reach the comments but we’d love to get to know you and answer any questions or concerns you may have or just be a support from others who “get it”.

At 5:38pm on January 6, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Hi JWMom - I just saw you had posted on the PIR Reference Information group. I am not sure how active that group is anymore. I would like to direct you to the BC Mom group. If you look below, B'sNuke Mom highlighted in blue links for more information on this site. Click where it says boot camp moms - and it should take you to our main group page. We have a lot more chatter on there and more members whose kids are in BC or recently finished. 

If you need more help comment back to me, and I will do my best to reply within 24 hours. We all volunteer our time on here. If you make it to the group, scroll down past the information, past the discussion and go to the comment wall on the group and introduce yourself there. 

Welcome Aboard!!

At 2:16pm on January 6, 2021, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question.  This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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Please note - there are blue hyperlinks up above.  Click on them and they will take you directly to the groups.

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