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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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Instead of just telling you about what your son or daughter will be experiencing at BC, Chief Arlene Maier will be your guide through this behind-the-scenes peak at Great Lakes. She’s actually an RDC at Boot Camp – a mom of three herself – and she’ll show you where your Sailor will be sleeping, eating, and training.

This video is part of a series to acclimate you to the many different areas of the Navy. We hope it helps you feel more informed about the Boot Camp experience and we encourage you to share it with your Sailor so they can get a preview of what’s to come!

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Comment by Goruck mom on July 14, 2015 at 1:27pm

Great video!

Comment by Judithmac on March 5, 2015 at 12:24pm

This is a good video. My son is leaving to BC in less than 2 weeks, so its good to see a glimpse of what boot camp is about. Still concerned as a mom...

Comment by Sandra/Orlando Mom on September 19, 2014 at 5:01pm

very good video to see i wanted to know what's my son's day to day is like. the sad part is the length of time before i can talk to him again. I cant wait till the week fly by!! he's my only child and feels as half of my heart left cant wait till i can hug him!! counting down!

Comment by 1 Proud Mom on September 5, 2014 at 3:55pm


Comment by Marisol on June 2, 2014 at 6:31pm

Thanks for sharing...

Comment by Brooke on May 27, 2014 at 2:49pm

Great video!

Comment by AubsMama on April 16, 2014 at 4:15pm

Thanks! My daughter just arrived there yesterday! 

Comment by my6kids (Ship 13) on March 19, 2014 at 10:25am

great video!  Was good for my younger sons to watch so they know what big brother is doing at basic.

Thanks for putting it together!  Oh, and btw, the 2-3 minute phone call is actually a 15-30 SECOND scripted call. Be prepared for it to be short and simple. lol

Comment by Ladyrocker on March 17, 2014 at 10:10pm

Well I see I am the only one posting to this video in awhile.........very informative and thank you for the info......although I am having a tough part about the 2-3 minute phone call about him getting there safely because I am always working but the wait for the "next call in about 3 weeks" has me stressing just thinking about it! 36 days counting until BC. :/

Comment by Christie_Okie on December 6, 2013 at 3:15pm

This video was so helpful to knowing what my child has done and will be doing. The not being able to talk to him and knowing what is going on is what has been borthing me the most. Thank you!

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