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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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August 2013 Blog Posts (110)

Nathansmom received the form letter

Today I received my son's form letter. Yeah! Less than one week from beginning of active duty status.

Added by nathansmom on August 31, 2013 at 10:04pm — 4 Comments

First phone call!!

Just spoke to my SR future sailor! He sounded really strong. Telling me areas where there needs to be improvement, also his accomplishments. I'm so proud! I hung the phone up and cried like a baby! :)

Added by DeltaD383 on August 31, 2013 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment

Can I send a package to my son?

My son's been in bootcamp 2 weeks now...I was wondering if I can send him a care package and what can I put in it. I know no candy allowed, but what else?

Added by josephine on August 30, 2013 at 6:09pm — 17 Comments

Not What I Expected as a newer Stepmom

My stepson left for BC on 8/28 and up until the time he left I couldn't wait to 'get him out of the house' and now that he's gone I am finding that I am thinking about him and this new experience and wondering how he his handling it and wondering how he is doing. I anxiously waited for 'the call' and although we missed it, I was very glad (for me and his dad) that he left a message so we could hear how he was doing after his last day at MEPS and his day of travel. I am now anxiously awaiting… Continue

Added by jeepgirl on August 30, 2013 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

anyone know

Does anyone know where i can go to find my sons. rate/rank, department/division numbers? I am having a difficult time getting in contact with him in order to get them from him. He is on yhe USS Bataan.

Added by Tammi on August 30, 2013 at 8:54am — 7 Comments

missing my hubby

he has been gone since July 29 and his graduation is next month on the 27. i miss u baby ..

Added by jaymary3 on August 29, 2013 at 11:04pm — 1 Comment

Received the form letter today :-)

My son is Ship 11 Div 396 PIR 10/18,  I am concerned because his recruiter gave me Ship 11 Div 340 which was wrong and I mailed something to that Div.  I just hope he still gets it.  I received the letter on the 10th day.  I thought I would never get it.  Then tonight as I was cleaning up after dinner I was surprised to hear his voice on the other end of my phone.  He was able to call me.  Apparently he was really homesick so they allowed him a 5 min phone call just to hear our voices.  I…


Added by DavidsNavyMom (Ship 11 Div 396) on August 29, 2013 at 10:43pm — 4 Comments

First letter!

I received my first letter from my SR today! It made my day! He sounds like he is doing well and he was proud of his division !(ship 11 division 383) . Can't wait to talk to him!

Added by DeltaD383 on August 28, 2013 at 9:48pm — 6 Comments

The whole experience

 So Monday july 8, i wake up at 6 knowing todays the day im going to kiss and hug my boyfriend for the last time for 12 weeks. We may be young yes, but i truely love him. We drive and hour to the armed forces center and slowly say goodbye. We kiss and hug. Im so choked up, i can barely say " i love you". Im trying not to cry because if i cry, his mom will just cry that much more. So i hold it in. He goes into the office and finishes up the last part of the paper work. Then he walks bout our…


Added by Katie on August 28, 2013 at 5:10pm — 2 Comments

concerned mom

My son is on board the USS Bataan I am wonderinh if they are deploying any time soon? I do not hear from him very often and it like pulling eyr teeth to get him to contact me. Does anyone have any information?

Added by Tammi on August 28, 2013 at 4:37pm — 7 Comments

div 335

Hey guys. Anyone's loved ones in 335 that graduates 9/6/13? I think I'd be cool just to have someone the same.

Added by Katie on August 28, 2013 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

Waiting A School Pensacola, Hold @ Great Lakes. Any others in same situation PIR 8/23/2013 14/318

Graduation 8/23/2013 will go down in history as moments to treasure forever.  What an enjoyable, exciting time we had in Great Lakes.  Tons of photos captured and special moments shared with my son while eating, shopping, chatting & chilling @ the local malls in Great Lakes.  Now we wait ... because he has been transferred to ship 5, on hold for Pensacola A School.  Any other Moms will same interest?  14/318

Added by funparklady Ship14 Div318 on August 27, 2013 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

No form letter yet :-(

I received his box on Friday, but I have not received the letter yet.  I am hoping it will be coming this week, the suspense is killing me.  I want to know his address, and when his PIR date is so that I can start planning our trip out there,

Added by DavidsNavyMom (Ship 11 Div 396) on August 27, 2013 at 9:31pm — 1 Comment

Sending my son mail.

Does anyone know when the SR's get their mail? Is it once a week? or daily? please let me know. Thank you.


Added by Evonne on August 27, 2013 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment

Looking to connect with Mom's having child leaving 11/18/13 or Mom living in the Charlotte NC area

looking to connect with Mom's having a child leaving 11/18/13 or Mom living in the Charlotte NC area


Added by navymom1223 on August 27, 2013 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment


I finally got her box yesterday and I was so happy but I still cried.. I called her recuiter to let him know that I got her box and he gave me her address which made me even more happy, cuz now I can send all the letter i wrote to her, which makes it easier for me emotionally. I would really like to get in touch with any parents who have a son or daughter in the same division and ship as my daughter. Thx julie

Added by Julie on August 27, 2013 at 2:26pm — 2 Comments


Looking for pictures of ship14 div 362. My grandson is there.

Added by Proud Grandma on August 27, 2013 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

No Control.... I dont like this feeling one bit

O I do not like this feeling at all, I knew that when My Son Enlisted that My Parental Rights and say so for him was being signed away, that when the time came that I could no longer call the shots with My Boy, and I am not good at not being in control of my life,,,, but what is that quote when you are making plans , god is busy making others or something like that ....

well yesterday my son got a call from his recruiter and his day to leave for BC has been bumped up to…


Added by sassymom9503 on August 27, 2013 at 11:34am — 10 Comments

Places to stay in the Great Lakes

Going for graduation Oct. 18...any recommendations? 

Added by josephine on August 26, 2013 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment


Just got it excited! Ship 09 Div 394..anyone else out there? Graduation October must book a hotel :)

Added by josephine on August 26, 2013 at 4:55pm — 3 Comments

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