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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.

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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Tina (4/9/12)'s Comments

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At 12:07pm on September 23, 2012, bobbysproudmom said…

How are things going?

At 3:35am on June 15, 2012, Prayingmom73 said…
Hello Tina happy to know things are fine there. Well here we had severe thunderstorms amd alot of hail damage in part of Texas. Suppose to get more rain today. On top of that my mother n law is in icu. Was able to get my son home to come see her.
At 8:08am on June 12, 2012, Prayingmom73 said…
Hi Tina so glad your folks are 2 hours away so that Matt can go visit with them. Wish a had family closer to Dee. We are 5 hrs away which is great for all of us. For us here in Texas we have thunder storms the next two days. You also have a daughter right. How is
she doing and how is she coping with her brother been gone. My 15 yr old is very close to Dee and its hard on him at times
At 8:44pm on June 2, 2012, Brandon'sMom94(SHIP 14- DIV 334) said…

Tina, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your post.... it was so helpful.. Our son leaves 8/15 and then is heading to CT after his PIR.  Look to keep in touch!

At 8:05pm on June 2, 2012, RyansMum (MM/Nuke) said…
LOL! No way! Small world.
At 8:52am on May 19, 2012, zogsmama (ship 11 div 197) said…

Thanks, I'm doing ok.  He's almost made it to week 4.  I'm gonna try to get some sun today and hope for a phone call or letter. 


At 11:50am on April 15, 2012, BunkerQB said…

We have a Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie (clickable link). You'll find everything you need to get started. Videos, PDF files of boot camp processing days, links to all the important groups plus tips on how to use this site. Keep in mind the videos and PDF files may take some time to download the first time you try it. It'll look like nothing is happening. Be patient. Best part is it'll be here on your very own page as a reference. Click the MY PAGE tab on above menubar to access your page anytime - you should do it at least once a day to see if you have any postings on your comment wall (like this one). Good luck.


The links to everything you need in BC is in the Survival Guide.

At 11:21pm on April 13, 2012, Roses4bud said…

Hi Tina,

I live in Kansas City. My son left the 10th. I miss him the minute he was ln the plane. Hope you had a great today.

Talk soon


At 7:01pm on April 13, 2012, carols_kitchen said…

Just can't read dates right when I've been up half the night with a sick dog.  I was thinking it said March.  Sorry....bootcamp is still 8 weeks unless there's a push group, in which case it's 7 weeks.  Doubt they do that any more.

At 9:58pm on April 11, 2012, MattsMom (Division 212) said…

Sorry *Tina lol

At 9:58pm on April 11, 2012, MattsMom (Division 212) said…

Tine, you are so welcome!! We are truly in this together! I have been where youare and not long ago! I;m just an email away!!

At 9:59pm on April 1, 2012, togo said…

Hi Tina,

It was great to meet you yesterday.  Alot of fun.

I don't think I will be able to do the book club right now.  I would really like to sometime though as I love to read and think it would be alot of fun.  Maybe the next one?

I get my hair done at Studio 3 on Jungermann.  It's in the strip mall next to Paul's Donuts.  It's where Quizno's used to be.  Jan does my hair.  Let me know what you decide to do!  Hope to talk to you soon.

At 2:35pm on February 29, 2012, Brandi (Trey's Mom) said…

38 days, Tina!!!!

At 2:44pm on February 11, 2012, marianmoss said…

Yes, they can only have their Bible and some letter writing material, including stamps.  They will be sending their clothes and cell phones home to you within the first several days of arriving at Boot Camp.  You will get a call from your sailor saying that he has reached the base.  It is tough not being able to talk to them every day, but know that they are very busy with training and learning to be a sailor.  Send  him upbeat and happy letters about home life often as it helps them feel connected.  My son said that he looked forward to mail call and the letters from home.  Also have other family members and friends write to him.  He may not get all the letters answered, and you may only receive one or several letters from him.  Their letter writing time is short.  Also send with your sailor a phone calling card or two.  They may get to call home on occassion if they have a calling card.  I was lucky and received two phone calls from my sailor while he was in bootcamp.  Also have you sailor order a copy of the Graduation Ceremony on dvd.  It is awesome and you can show it to family members who can't attend.  I very highly recemmend that you attend the graduation ceremeny it is very beautiful and the smile on their faces when the sailors greet their families is very heartwarming.  I shed a few tears of joy when I got to see my son right after graduation.  We spent the weekend with him.  Soemtimes the graduating sailors have to leave that afternoon for their next school, but for the most part most don't leave till that next week after graduation.  Right now I am going through not being able to talk to my sailor as he is out to sea somewhere in the Pacific.  The next time I will get to hear his voice will be when he comes back in from being on patrol.  It is like having him in Boot Camp again.  You can talk to me any time.  I will be here to help you.  Have a wonderful day and enjoy your Sailor. 

At 12:06pm on February 6, 2012, carols_kitchen said…

Hi--that means I'm just east of you, off the i-70/55 at exit 18 in Illinois!  My kiddo is also in subs.

At 7:56pm on January 21, 2012, carols_kitchen said…

Be sure and hug your future sailor for us

Hi and Welcome. 

We are happy to have you on the Navy for Moms site.  You are invited to join either the Illinois or Missouri family page as listed below.  It is a great way to find families in your area and even help plan meet and greets. We also have some packing parties for our troops overseas getting together.

Looking forward to hearing from you in one of our groups!

Be sure and let me know if you have any questions!

PS.  Feel free to “cruise” my page and see if there are any other groups that interest you. One of my passions is supporting our deployed troops.  Check out and see if it is a group you may like to join.


At 7:56am on January 20, 2012, Pat said…

You will definately want ot look into the boot camp group and then watch for a group for his PIR.  The link below is for a group that is not very active, but the information contained on the pages will help you understand what is going to happen after Boot Camp.

One quick question...I am assuming that he is not going to be a Nuke, correct?  The only reason I ask is that Nuke Submariners do not go to Groton, unless they are chosen to go after Nuke school.

At 8:28pm on January 19, 2012, Lorraine said…

Feel free to contact me any time, Tina. I know what it means to be sad. It's a different kind of missing your kids, not like kids just being at college. Communication is often brief, and you can't count on being together for the holidays, birthdays, etc. Don't be afraid to make new traditions like celebrating Christmas/birthdays when you can instead of on the actual day. That's Navy Normal :-)

At 10:41pm on January 18, 2012, palmbeachnavymom said…

Welcome Tina,

First of all it is OK to cry.  I did when my son went to bootcamp, when I passed his empty room, when I received a letter from boot camp, when I went to graduation and when he left for sub school after having 9 days at home.  But the crying eventually subsides and the proudness takes over especially when you see him in his uniform at graduation.  My son said it is best to get into really good shape before bootcamp as the PT's are tough and you don't get much sleep.

Hang in there and read as much as you can find on and the internet about bootcamp and sub school.  There is alot of info out there. was my lifesaver. 

At 12:06am on January 18, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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