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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 - America's Navy and 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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



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"I don't think there is a general advice for that. I agree with "belovedbyHim". It de…"

WearsLargeHats replied Jul 8, 2021 to Reenlistment

9 Jul 12, 2021
Reply by belovedbyHim

"I know how hard it is to let go, but it is really his problem, not yours. It is enou…"

WearsLargeHats replied Feb 20, 2021 to Taxes

7 May 17
Reply by Victoria_Zhilka

"My condolences. That is a hard thing. I don't think there is anything automatic, par…"

WearsLargeHats replied Feb 18, 2021 to Sub Moms

2 Feb 18, 2021
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"No doubt I am responding to this after your meeting with the recruiter. I hope that…"

WearsLargeHats replied Aug 3, 2020 to MEPS/Rate

10 Aug 13, 2020
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN

"My point was to look at the positives and be flexible about what you and your daught…"

WearsLargeHats replied Dec 14, 2019 to Daughter assigned culinary specialist

10 Dec 16, 2019
Reply by NavyMomofJM

"You need to do the hardest thing for a parent to do: let your daughter make her own…"

WearsLargeHats replied Dec 13, 2019 to Daughter assigned culinary specialist

10 Dec 16, 2019
Reply by NavyMomofJM

"If he has a driver's license, he should have insurance. It is required by law in som…"

WearsLargeHats replied Nov 30, 2019 to Short Term Auto Insurance

2 Nov 30, 2019
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"He is covered under TriCare Prime or Prime Remote, which is excellent. Your insuranc…"

WearsLargeHats replied Oct 21, 2019 to Health Insurance Question

6 Oct 21, 2019
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"I think your son's plan sounds like a good one, particularly as a junior still in sc…"

WearsLargeHats replied Aug 5, 2019 to Trouble trusting recruiter...

8 Aug 17, 2019
Reply by Dana

"If your daughter is on a SSBN deterrent patrol, welcome to the Silent Service. 3 wee…"

WearsLargeHats replied Jul 30, 2019 to Email

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