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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.



I have no idea if I am doing this right or not but here I go. My son is leaving for boot camp on 8/5/14. I have no idea what to expect. My heart is breaking and i feel so alone. I feel like I am being silly for being so emotional but it is going to be so hard.

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Yes, loved ones can order the DVD directly from the Photo Lab. See the info in Division T-Shirts, Graduation Photos, The Keel, and DVD of PIR or on the livestream link at

You are very welcome.

My son has already graduated boot camp. We stayed at the Navy Lodge with a suite and it was fantastic. They actually have live stream on the internet where you can watch the graduation ceremony.

Any extra guests that can't get onto base can watch it livestream at the hotel. It was just starting when my son graduated so sometimes the internet was down but thank God it worked on his graduation day!

Just know that this is all a part of them growing up and getting their own life. It doesnt make it easier but know that you did a fine job of raising them because only 30% of those that apply at the Navy get in. Tell them to make the most of everything available. Write lots of letters and send encouragement they will need it to get them through. Having N4M has helped me tremendously.  Without knowing everything that he was going to experience I would have been in the dark and clueless. This is such a great blessing just think how moms did it years ago before we had internet!

Stay strong ladies! Your sons/daughters were picked to get into the Navy for a reason. Be proud of their decision and stand beside them with encouragement. We all feel the heart strings when we have our child leave but it does get better with time.  You still miss them but you know they are doing something important.


My son left on the 11th. I haven't received a call or form letter. I hope to get it monday. BTW-I don't think this site is very user friendly. I'm tech savvy, yet can't seem to get to any of my groups or reply correctly. :-( I'll go have a glass a wine and eat some chocolate now.

If you click the MY PAGE tab on the menubar, you'll be linked to your own page. Here you'll find comments other have left for you, summary of your profile and other features.  Just under your photo, you'll see "Groups" click on this you'll get a page with the icons for all the groups you'll have joined.  Alternatively, you can click the GROUPS tab on the menubar, then click MY GROUPS and the same page with all the icons will come up too.  I understand things work different on a tablet or iPAD.  From a pc it's not problem.

If you have time, click on FORUMS, then "HOW TO DO THINGS" - you'll find a bunch of discussions including a few on navigating this site, written by yours truly. My apologies if they are not up to your standards.

ediekens, this site is very user friendly once you get used to it and once you have the Settings set to email you to let you know when people have commented or replied to something you have an interest in (I have my settings so that I don't receive an email when someone comments within a group because some of my groups are VERY active and I don't like to receive hundreds of emails a day--not all are that active though). Go to Settings in the upper left and then click on Email and then determine what Email Notifications you want to receive. You will click the link in your email notification to take you to the new comment or reply. You can click Stop Following any time you no longer are interested in getting notifications.

You post by clicking Reply or Comment.

You can hit stop following after you reply within a group so you will get less emails and then you just go to the Groups tab and click on My Groups and then you can see when the last comment was and check if it has been since you were last there.

Make it a habit to check your My Page because you may have comments from Members and not even know it if you have the notifications turned off for comments on your My Page. To reply to someone who leaves a comment on your My Page, click on "Comment Back" or "View Thread" (you will have to do that if the person has their profile set to "Just My Friends") below the comment.


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