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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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My grandson is now in RCU, it was his P week and apparently they found a medical issue.   Too much electricity going to his heart.  They scheduled him to meet with cardiologist on the 3rd..  we have not heard basck from him yet.

Very worried nana here...

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Comment by Phoenixmom on April 6, 2018 at 3:35pm

I am so sorry to here this, I will put the meaning of RCU ok if there is more info I can get you please let me know. putting this so you can understnad what it means. and the site.

RCU: Recruit Convalescent Unit; where sick or injured recruits go to heal and be cycled back into another TG or to complete BC. Recruits who are moved to the RCU are generally able to make calls every other week (often on Saturday or Sunday), but those calls can be lost if someone in the division messes things up for the division or if the recruit made a call that week following a test or other appointment. Recruits who are sent to the RCU may spend a few days to several months there depending on how severe the condition is. Recruits in the RCU can continue studying and can take academic tests, but they cannot do any physical training and tests until they are declared FFD. Some recruits will rejoin their division or join another division, sometimes in their own TG or in a TG with a later PIR date. This happens most for those who spend 2 weeks or less in the RCU and most often for those who are sent to the RCU in the first few weeks after arriving at the RTC. Some recruits will continue with training when declared FFD either in the RCU or in FIT and then do the rest of training from there and go on to Battle Stations-21 (BST) and then to "A" School or training without PIR. See Recruit Convalescent Unit (RCU). If your recruit is sent here, join RCU SHIP 04 DIV 2341 for more information. Also see

What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology)

Comment by spomed on April 6, 2018 at 3:49pm

my son called yesterday he was in his last P day and he was sent to Medical because he hurt his back. I guess he is in RCU I am waiting to hear back from him to see what they say. very worried about his moral and being his 1st time away from home with no family there.

Comment by maristar2 on April 7, 2018 at 12:02am

Sharon s & spomed, 

I will keep your grandson & your son in my prayers so that they can recuperate soon and give them strength to get back on track with their goals. Sending you ladies a hug and may we continue to support and encourage our sailors.

Comment by mern on April 7, 2018 at 7:08pm

Hoping for healing of all in RCU

Comment by lemonelephant on April 9, 2018 at 8:58pm

Prayers for your recruit.

Check your My Page.

Comment by mern on April 23, 2018 at 10:09pm

 sharon s have have you had news of your recruit? Hoping all is ok for him


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