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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.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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February 2016 Blog Posts (17)

waiting for FORM letter

While waiting for my FORM letter, I learned not to not watch the calendar so much and just have a "little" more patience.  Trusting God for everything!  Thankful in all things!

Added by June on February 29, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

still no "form" letter, still no call

I am im-patiently waiting for the "form" letter, and still have not received a call from my new recruit.  She has been at Boot Camp since February 16.  I am hoping to get something in the mail today.  This waiting is no bueno for this momma!  I know she is surely covered with daily prayers, but, I can't help myself.  I know she is doing great things!  I know this "waiting" is also something we all will have to get used to.  Lord help us!  Give us peace and understanding!

Added by June on February 27, 2016 at 10:09am — 13 Comments

Something warm to share, encouragment and hope through these last few weeks of SR BT (bootcamp finals)

Good morning Navy family! Wanted to share with you all what's been on my heart. As I'm sure you too can relate and we approach these final weeks and BS21. :)

I remember the exact moment we found out that my baby sister (Division 120)signed up to become a US Sailor. A FLOOD of emotions came over me. For a second I thought I was dying because HER whole life flashed before my eyes slamming down on my tear gates. I saw this little blonde ringlets curly headed green eye innocent beauty,… Continue

Added by 2surprisebabysister on February 26, 2016 at 4:39pm — 1 Comment


My daughter leaves on March 22nd for boot camp! I'm getting so nervous and anxious about her departure! I'm trying to keep her and myself calm abut it but it's hard! I can't imagine when the 22nd comes. I wonder will I be able to "see her off"!

Added by Denisep216 on February 26, 2016 at 12:19am — 7 Comments

How do I get my son address?

Hello Everyone,

My son left last Wednesday, February 10th. I received his things yesterday, but did not receive his return address. Is there a way to get his address or do I have to wait to hear from him?

Thank you.

Added by Tootie on February 17, 2016 at 6:07pm — 9 Comments

PIR Ceremony

Got a question for the mom's that have been to the BC ceremony. How quiet is the ceremony? I have a 3 year old and i would love to go to my son's ceremony but i'm afraid she is going to be a little too noisy depending on how long the ceremony lasts, and if we can't attend is there some place we can watch it or be there otherwise we'll have to wait at the hotel in which i'm not wanting to do. Also, i've seen some pictures of the ceremony and wondered what the dress code is if any. Son…


Added by NalaLucy01 on February 17, 2016 at 12:06pm — 5 Comments

Calling cards

Do the recruits have to have a calling card before they call home? We didn't get him one before he left.

Added by core31 on February 16, 2016 at 6:10pm — 8 Comments

Need an idea

Need a quilting idea for my brother-n-law who will be retiring from the navy as master chief, 30 years service.  I thought about putting pics of the ships he has served on but I'm open for any ideas. I have 2 years to get this together, so send any ideas my way. 

Thanks for any help.


Added by wonderland on February 15, 2016 at 8:14am — 3 Comments

son left 2-8-16 for boot camp

Didn't think it would hit us so hard when he left for boot camp but boy  we are struggling with it....not being able to hear from him is tough

Added by core31 on February 12, 2016 at 2:33pm — 21 Comments

Fire Controlman

My son been on hold for almost 3 months in the Great Lakes .Is it normal  ? waiting to go to FC School.

Added by lmichellee on February 12, 2016 at 12:23pm — 4 Comments

Husband Left for bootcamp on Feb 9th

Hey everyone! Just wondering if anyone elses loved ones left for bootcamp this past Tuesday?

I received a call from my husband around 11:30 p.m. Eastern time stating he made it there! 

Hoping to connect with others!



Added by jayjay8503 on February 11, 2016 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

PIR dates

Does any one know if they post the date for PIR ceremonies anywhere- my son reported to MEPS on Feb 2, 2016. I know they will send us dates soon - but I have s hard time getting free from work - I wanted to request the time off early
Thanks :)

Added by LizforSean on February 8, 2016 at 4:19pm — 4 Comments

PIR for fit recruits?

Do they get pir

Added by Sis16sis on February 6, 2016 at 3:20am — 3 Comments

Pink Eye

Does anyone know about the pink eye outbreak? Concerned is all.

Added by Lighthouslady57 on February 3, 2016 at 4:38pm — 2 Comments

ship 02 div 918 pir 3/11/16

Any one out there with a sailor in this div or pir date, Please add me as a friend.

Added by Barbie on February 2, 2016 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

PIR 02/05/2016 06/091- Still no word.

Haven't heard from my recruit yet. He was so afraid of not making time on the running part of the test. I saw in one of the posts that 7 were pushed back. I haven't received a call stating he failed either, but thinking he may have been one of those 7. If by chance he doesn't get to graduate, will he get weekend liberty to visit with family? Thanks.

Added by sfitzu76 on February 1, 2016 at 8:32pm — 3 Comments

My hero needs prayer today!

My hero needs prayer today! Continue

Added by Sis16sis on February 1, 2016 at 6:44am — 3 Comments

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