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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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The period of adjustment may take weeks, months or even years. For some who can not let go maybe never. Our family moved from one country to another: different language, different foods, different laws, different culture. No money to speak of - we actually owed our sponsor $10,000 in 1957 to sponsor us to the US - had to pay all that off before moving away from a God forsaken part of the desert to a metropolitan so my siblings and I can get an education. A few friends. No family. All we had was hope, hope for the future and the willingness to work. That was enough. Seven days after we landed in San Francisco, we took a train to our nowhere destination, arriving at 3 am. I saw my first real-life American Indian with a feather in his hat. I ran screaming to my mother's arms, "NO, NO. DON'T LET HIM SCALP ME!" (I had only seen the Hollywood version in the movies).

THANK YOU USA. Despite of the downturn in our economy, we (the USA) still have the greatest number of opportunities for success. I have traveled cross country a number of times - I have not found a state/city without something special - even ones without the gift of natural beauty (such as Coastal CA, Hawaii, Wyoming) - or without the vibrancy of commerce (New York, Chicago, Boston). If you have to move to a new place. Don't make yourself into a stranger in a strange land. Embrace the difference. Our sailors have this incredible opportunity as part of their job. Let them discover the world out there. Let their enjoy their travels away from home. Imagine - going to new place while getting paid for the privilege. Maybe their new perspectives will also broaden your horizons.

FAKE POLITENESS VS GENUINE RUDENESS (let's have some fun with this):

Your opinion please? Which city best exemplifies the following: Fake Politeness, Genuine Rudeness, Fake Rudeness, Genuine Politeness? Submit your entries.

Fake Politeness - Los Angeles, CA
Genuine Rudeness - Boston, MA
Fake Rudeness - Honolulu, HI
Genuine Politeness - Salt Lake City, UT

Please feel free to comment on anything you like. After all it's just a blog!
P.S. @Proud Mom of J.R. (sandy), drop in more often. Merry Xmas.

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Comment by Sweet*Southern*Lady on December 5, 2010 at 7:33pm
Here are my pickes.
Genuine Politeness- Savannah, GA
Fake Politeness- Hilton Head Island, SC
Genuine Rudeness- Highland Park/Lake Forest, IL and Aspen Colorado
Fake Rudeness- Lincoln Park, IL


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