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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 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"

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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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My son is in week 2. My understanding is that it got very real for the new recruits. I keep reminding myself that no news is good news. Hugs to all of you who are missing your kids tonight.

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Tracey - I wish there was a "like" button for your post.  Thank you for sharing your sons journey, it truly gives hope to other parents!

Thank you! There were quite a few of you ladies that helped me through such a hard time when I thought I wouldn’t be able to keep it together. The encouragement and support you showed me helped me get through that because no one understands what we go through unless you’re a Navy mom❤️If I can help one mom get through a rough patch like you ladies helped me through it, it’s all worth it! We’re all in this together!

Where's the Love Button!!  Yes, This journey is a roller coaster of Love, Pride, Love, Worry, Pride, anxiety , "See Ya Later's" and Joy!!   As hard as BC is.... This is the Easy part!

Rollercoaster is the ONLY word I’ve ever been able to use to describe this journey! Lol It’s a wild ride for sure.....but so worth getting on and seeing the end result! The transformation in my son in just those 2 short months amazes me and I can’t wait to see what the rest of his journey has in store for him! 

Tracey...I echo everything!  PIR was well worth it!  My son is a stronger more independent young man now.  I understand the reasoning behind the silence but not looking forward to that again when he is deployed in the future.  Thankfully we have a lot of schooling left before "I" have to remember silence is good news.

I’m not looking forward to that either, but at least we’ll be a little stronger and more capable of handling it a little better now that we know what to expect. The not knowing anything when they’re in boot camp is the worst. At least with A School and deployments, there’s SOME kind of communication! Lol 

Did you get your letter today?  I got mine. She went in on the 8th.  I miss her sooooo much.   I also reminded myself no news is good news.   It is so hard. 


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