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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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"Thank you Carmen,     My son leaves today. So many emotions. Thanks for the tip. How long did it take for you to get his address? Warmly,    Sheila"
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"jacksmom17 -- Please join us on the main Boot Camp moms page.  I also have a blog that will give you an idea of what to expect for the first few weeks. We are glad you found us.  We all have trouble letting our kids go.  Mine got us…"
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I am married. Have 2 kids Jack (18) and Erin (15- going on 30) I teach second grade. I love to camp and to paddleboard. I am so proud of Jack, but worried about his making it through Nuke school.
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Posted on August 31, 2020 at 4:11pm 7 Comments

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I feel like crying, but I guess I should wait until my son actually leaves. He doesn't leave until October 5 and I already miss him. I've been reading about what to do the month before my…


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At 7:20pm on October 28, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Hi Jacksmom17 - I am still without power so not here for long but I wanted to say hi. I hope you had a good day yesterday!! I am glad that LBF was able to reach out to you and tell you hello for me.

We have a lot of devastated trees from the ice storm but it is nothing like fires. Thoughts and prayers! 

At 12:54pm on October 28, 2020, LadyBluefire said…

Hi! Chipmunk wanted to me reach out to you and see how you are doing with the fires. She is currently without power at her house (she is fine) but i concerned!

At 12:44pm on October 22, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Good morning - I saw your note in main chat, but you had signed out. Here is my reply - 

  • Jacksmom17 - Have you watched the BC videos?

  • I did not have those when my son was in BC but my husband found a timeline for me. It did not follow closely but it helped give me something to think about and have an idea that my prayers for him to get through those specifics were helping him.

At 7:38am on October 7, 2020, Chipmunk said…

BelovedbyHim may have shared this with you already but her blog is a good starting point. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition

At 11:11am on October 4, 2020, partyofseven said…

Good Morning jacksmom17,

I left you a message in the chat and on our main page. Hang in there. We are all here for you. Big Navy Mom Hugs!!!!

At 8:45am on October 4, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Jacksmom17 - I am sorry I didn't see your msg in the main chat sooner. Did you read this post of B'sNukeMom?

Remind your son that he can do this. There is a lot of down time during the ROM - restriction of movement - quarantine time. There might be set backs in the training time but a lot of recruits have been going through this also, and they make it through. There might be a lot of yelling but ship shape himself and encourage him to help his shipmates as well. Remind him to call you from the airport before he meets up with the bus to transport him.

Be sure to come post in the main BC Mom group - you will be among friends there. - Be sure to scroll all the way down past the discussions to the comment section. If viewing this site on a mobile device, be sure to put into desktop mode.

At 11:36pm on August 27, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Hi Jacksmom17 - I was just getting ready to sign off when I received the message that you had joined the BC Moms group - I just wanted to welcome you and encourage you to come over to our main page for the group, scroll down towards the bottom to where the comment wall is there and introduce yourself. We have several "veteran" moms on there who will answer questions and offer encouragement. And the others are either there because their loved one is in BC or has been through it recently. 

I also saw your comment about your son going to Nuke School. The other group to join is linked in your comments below. My son left for BC three years ago, a month after he graduated from High School. He went through the Nuke pipeline and has been out in the fleet for over a year now. Do not hesitate to post and ask questions in either group. 

At 6:09pm on August 15, 2020, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Please join our nuke moms group - here's the link:

Nuke Moms

At 6:04pm on August 15, 2020, 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.  

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