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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 9:43am on May 12, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Jana, - I am not going to be on my computer today until late tonight, but maybe some of the others in the BC group can help you. Also. 1797852056 (4160×3120) (  That should be the link on here for the Order form. It is an old scanned copy that someone posted so it may not have the correct prices however, the phone number should be there. I would call today. It use to be very busy on Fridays and I don't know when your daughter got her pictures taken or not. 

They are not allowed to share contact information with each other until after PIR so I am not sure how she can stay in touch with her friends, which is sad. My son lost all contact with his bunkmate because his bunkmate was a stickler for the rules and they did not see each other after PIR was over. :-(

At 9:38am on May 12, 2021, Chipmunk said…
At 8:59am on April 26, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Hi Jana - I did just look through the information in this link - 

Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit - Navy For Moms (

and it does say that some RDC's will allow small toiletry items not available in the NEX to be sent. However, I would only send if your daughter has specifically requested them. Because all packages are opened in front of the RDC and if it is not allowed they could get IT (intense training) which is extra push ups, sit ups, etc. 

At 8:51am on April 26, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Good Morning Jana, 

I saw you posted yesterday in the main room chat a question that Partyofseven replied to. But since those messages tend to disappear, I just wanted to answer here as well. 

NO - The SRs are not allowed to receive any sort of packages at BC. They are given an allowance card to buy items at the NEX. Save those sorts of small gifts for once she gets to her A school and has a mailing address there. Even then, sometimes packages are reported as being lost or never received. 

Be sure to post in the Moms of Daughters 2 group as well as in the BC Mom group. 

At 12:09pm on April 16, 2021, Anna said…


First of all, I am so sorry this message is so late getting to you.  I have been crazy busy with some family matters and have not been able to keep up to date on this website.  But I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!!  We are a friendly, caring group of moms always willing to listen and support.  Please feel free to jump in and join our conversations on the group page!!  We like to discuss everything from our sailors to our jobs, weather, whatever.  It's also a great place if you want to yell, scream, vent, cry - - there is no judgment involved!!!  You can ask any questions you may have, talk freely about your feelings, fears or concerns, or just chat about life.  We are all in different phases of our daughters Naval careers and we are always there for each other!!!  Brag about your sailor but also tell us when you are hurting because you miss her so!!!  Looking forward to getting to know you and your sailor!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!

At 10:45am on March 26, 2021, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Here's another group for Undesignated that you might like to join:

Undesignated.....What's up with that

At 12:09am on March 26, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Jana, You are welcome!!  - Be sure to look at the video links that are posted on the left hand side of this page. The behind the scenes one, I think is similar to something that my husband found for me, and it at least gave me an idea of what my son was going through so that I could have something to pray for him regarding what was going on. 

At 11:15pm on March 25, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Hi Jana,

I am having trouble with the chat so I am posting my note here. 

You should receive the form letter in about 4 - 5 weeks. Some have received a letter from their SR before they got a form letter. Shanny never received hers, but had letters with his ship # / div # With that information we can help you figure out the rest of the address. 

As far as a phone call - Those have also been coming about 4 - 5 maybe 6 weeks out from leaving home. 

At 9:59pm on March 18, 2021, Jana said…
Bogus things happened and daughter did not ship Feb 2020. Along with several other females that were given false reasons on ‘why they were discharged out of DEP’! One year later, she decided to join again. She shipped on the 9th of March- 2 week quarantine at Fort McCoy Wisconsin. P.S. I was told that the previous Recruiter was discharged for his “false DEP Discharges”.
At 9:40pm on March 18, 2021, Jana said…
Thank you !!!
At 10:32am on August 7, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN 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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