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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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Boot camp is one of the first steps toward your Navy career. It's important for your recruit to know what to bring. In this video find out the do's and don'ts of packing, so your recruits things don't get boxed up and sent back home.

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Comment by lemonelephant on July 31, 2014 at 10:10pm

jaymes' mom, you are very welcome. I hope everything works out.

Check your My Page.

Comment by jaymes' mom on July 31, 2014 at 8:02am

Thank you so much.

Comment by lemonelephant on July 31, 2014 at 12:09am

jaymes' mom, contact the American Red Cross, http://www.redcross.org/find-help/military-families/emergency-commu.... You will need his name, Ship and Division number and that he is at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, his SS# if you have it, his wife's full name and DOB, as well as the name and phone number of an official contact person who can confirm the situation.

Comment by jaymes' mom on July 30, 2014 at 11:54pm

I need to get in touch with my son with important information regarding his expectant wife, who do I call at Great Lakes RTC?

Comment by Ann aka Brady's mom on December 13, 2013 at 6:40pm

That's a great question Beaus mom.  My son leaves in August so not only do we have Christmas but high school graduation in May.  I would love to know too.

Comment by Beaus mom on November 16, 2013 at 11:33pm
My son leaves for bootcamp the first week of May so what to get him for Christmas this year is a bit challenging. I was wondering if recruits are allowed to keep wrist watches at bootcamp? We were thinking this would be a useful gift. If anyone has any input or info on this it would be greatly appreciated as this is a whole new world for us. Thanks!!

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