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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 as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer 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.



WearsLargeHats's Discussions (66)

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

WearsLargeHats replied Jul 30, 2019 to Email

4 Jul 30, 2019
Reply by WearsLargeHats

"Marisa, they can't talk to you about your son's condition unless he files a HIPAA fo…"

WearsLargeHats replied Feb 15, 2019 to Son still in IL after graduation

5 Feb 21, 2019
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet)

"Sorry to say, this has Military Romance Scam written all over it. The pictures are p…"

WearsLargeHats replied Dec 28, 2018 to Help!!! or just forget about it all

4 Dec 29, 2018
Reply by Anti M

"I suppose the CO could change his mind but, no, not bluffing.The way I read this, he…"

WearsLargeHats replied Dec 5, 2018 to Rerated Undesignated as a punishment

5 Dec 6, 2018
Reply by Anti M

"About 3 weeks then? That is pretty normal. She is under stress, and that is how the…"

WearsLargeHats replied Sep 7, 2018 to Concerned mom

6 Sep 13, 2018
Reply by DonnaCatLover

"You probably can't find out anything definitive except by talking to your brother. A…"

WearsLargeHats replied Apr 6, 2018 to Moment of Truth at Boot Camp...Now What?

5 Apr 17, 2018
Reply by mern

"So sorry to hear that you are going through this. There probably isn't a lot you can…"

WearsLargeHats replied Mar 21, 2018 to SEPARATED TWO DAYS BEFORE GRADUATION!!!

12 Apr 2, 2018
Reply by Phoenixmom

"First off, I know it is hard to let go, but you are going to have to let your son ma…"

WearsLargeHats replied Sep 6, 2017 to Questions to ask before signing Navy Contract

1 Sep 6, 2017
Reply by WearsLargeHats

"Bring his phone and maybe the laptop. Maybe a few pairs of underwear.Everything else…"

WearsLargeHats replied Jul 10, 2017 to Goose Creek Question

7 Jul 15, 2017
Reply by TessaNator⚓️

"I'm a bit late to this discussion, but for anyone who doesn't know, the application…"

WearsLargeHats replied Jun 13, 2016 to My Husband is on a security hold, help! :(

41 Feb 28, 2017
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