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


Though you can click on everyone's profile to learn more about them, I thought I start a thread for people to introduce themselves to the forum community. :)

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Hi Everyone
My names Melissa I'm a wife and mom of 3.
Hi Melissa,

Welcome to Navy For you have a child in the Navy or thinking of joining? You've come to the right place...

I have one in the Navy an MA ( Master -at- Arms) He is also an "Expert" marksman on each weapon. He is very proud of that as is his father and I. We have a daughter graduating college to be a teacher and another son who is graduating high school. he's not sure what he wants to do yet.
Hi I just joined today. I belong to a yahoo group called navymoms. Go check it out.My sailor has been in 2 years in April.
Hi Melissa, nice to hear from you.
Hi I'm Sherry - my son is DIV 157 Ship 12 - I can't find anyone with a son in this division/Ship - anyone???
Hi, I'm Shell. (Steve's Mom on here). I was invited by catchingcatherine after posting a question about the Nuke program on yahoo answers.
My 17 year old son signed up 1-26-2007 for US Navy Nuclear Power Program. He will be leaving for basic 9-4-08. But has requested to leave sooner if an opening comes up.
Heh, catchingcatherine is me! :)
Don't rush it hon. It will come soon enough.
hi, im patti. my son enlisted last september or october and also the nuclear program. he also wanted to leave sooner if he could but was told at that time, feb. 4th, 2008 --- well needless to say feb 4 came and went and he is now in bootcamp. i remember it seemed like such a far away time, february. oh my god, it really went to fast. i could not believe it when it was time to say goodbye. appreciate every second now but know that this whole change in life is really for the good. my son has wrote me twice now and he seems happy.... thats all we can ask for...

will keep in touch

patti cole
Hi Patti , my son enlisted last year also but had to wait until Feb 4 , when he told me the date I thought it was so far away then before I knew it his recriuter was here to get him , that was probably one of the hardest days of my life , I really never gave it much thought about how hard it would be to say good bye , but since then I have gotten a few letters from him and he was able to call last week , it was so good to hear his voice and he sounded so positive . He will be graduating on March 28 ,I can't wait to see him , God bless all those that serve and those waiting for them . Lisa Flynn
Hi Lisa,
My son is graduating March 28th also. It is so exciting.


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