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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 12:59am on November 26, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You may want to make changes 3 and 4 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile).

At 2:53pm on July 31, 2013, LLovesmysailor said…

Hi OklahomaMama,

My husband grew up in Norman until he left for the Navy. I will be glad to answer any questions that I can. If I don't know the answer, I'll ask my son.

At 8:02pm on July 30, 2013, Ellen65 said…

Yes, I'm counting down, we're leaving for GL in just 2 days!   I just got the "I'm a Sailor call", it's a moment full of pride when you get that call, for both.   He was in DEP in Fairview Heights, but only for a little over a month, so he only participated in a few of the meetings/PT's before he left, but maybe.  I saw the post in IL mom's about a southern IL mom get together, I'd love to go, but I'm not real sure when my son will complete his PACT training and be home for leave.  I think I'll reply tentatively till I know for sure.  I don't get on this site much so I don't post often but I do have notifications sent to my iPhone with posts from my groups.  Enjoying this July weather?  Strange.

At 11:47pm on July 29, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Sometimes letters are delayed, but we don't know the reasons for certain. Mail to the RTC goes to another location and then is sorted by the zip+4 and then goes to the RTC where it is further sorted. From what I've heard, those in the mail room only work M-F and regular working hours and may not make it through all of the mail that has come in that day, so they begin with the tub that they left off with on the day before. Once the letters are sorted then the RMPO can pick up the mail for the division and have Mail Call. There have been reports of 10 day delays lately between the loved one mailing the letter and the recruit receiving it, which is the greatest delay I have ever seen. It has been about 4 days, but sometimes 6 days, in the past (letter mailed on Thursday received on Tuesday, letter mailed on Friday received on Thursday). I hope that the mail catches up soon.

At 11:08pm on July 29, 2013, lemonelephant said…

There is info in Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit on the restaurants in Ricky Heaven and gift cards.

At 7:09pm on July 28, 2013, carols_kitchen said…
At 7:06pm on July 28, 2013, carols_kitchen said…

Check your inbox in a few minutes.....

At 6:39pm on July 28, 2013, carols_kitchen said…

Our son's PIR was 08/08/08.  I joined this group when it first started, over 5 years ago.  That was before we even had 1,000 members.  I don't use N4M page too often---use facebook more.  However, you can almost always find me on the Molly's Adopt a Sailor group page here.

At 5:59pm on July 28, 2013, Ellen65 said…

The time till PIR seems to just creep by, so slow, glad it's almost here.  My son is going in as a Fireman Apprentice - engineering department, so he will attend FN-PACT training for about 9 weeks at GL and has two years to decide what he really wants to do LOL.  What is SECF?  Is your son excited about CT?   I haven't seen any mom's in Southern Illinois, nice to have someone close. 

At 7:24am on July 16, 2013, Jakes Mom (Ship 11 Div 344) said…

It's been an adjustment for us as well.  I have a 12 year old daughter that is really missing her brother.  I can't wait to get "the box".  I think the hardest part is just not knowing how he is feeling and what he is doing. 

At 7:43am on July 12, 2013, Jakes Mom (Ship 11 Div 344) said…

I'm hanging in.  How about you? 

At 10:34pm on July 7, 2013, lemonelephant said…

It sounds like your SR may be the Yeoman for his division. Check out Recruit Petty Officer Positions.

At 12:00pm on July 3, 2013, Sue-Pillowcase lady said…

Welcome to Heads at Ease!  So happy to have you join us!

At 9:02pm on July 2, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You are very welcome. Join SECF - ET & FT & STS. The Rating Information Card for SECF can be found at

At 8:43pm on July 2, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Hi, welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. I see that you have changed your Username so that it no longer contains your last name; you also need to change the URL to this page to remove it from there as well. Number 2 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes To Your Profile) (clickable link) will tell you how to fix that. There may be other changes you will want to make as well, such as numbers 3 and 4. I see you have joined Sub Moms; you wll also want to check out GROTON, CT. SUBSCHOOL & "A" SCHOOL MOMS and the Naval Submarine Base New London Facebook Page. What wil your SR's rating (job/specialty) be? There may be a group for that as well. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 7:43pm on July 2, 2013, Kelly Norfolk Mom said…

I have received several calls and some are from US Government and some that said pay phone, I figure i will pick up the phone and if it is a telemarketer I will just hang up.  I don't want to miss any phone calls from him.  My SR called his grandmother twice and my mom did not pick up either call because she thought they were telemarketers and was very upset with herself. 

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