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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.

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"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

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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Captain's Cup

The Captain's Cup is a friendly a competition between the Divisions and occurs during the morning of the Saturday before PIR.  This serves as a morale builder for the Divisions and pumps them up before they have Battle Stations-21.  (A few divisions will have had BST before the Captain's Cup to give the Recruits from the previous TG who had failed a test and then passed it a chance to do this prior to PIR.)  There are trophies and events for the all-male divisions and the integrated divisions to give everyone a chance to shine.

The competition starts with a one-minute motivational chant that each division creates and choreographs and then performs.  It may be a rap routine, stomp, cheer, or something with singing and dancing.  The most original or unique chant wins a trophy.

After that, the events begin and it goes on for about 3 hours.  Recruits sign up for the different events based on their individual strengths.  They participate in all kinds of physical stuff--sit ups, pushups, running, throwing, basketball, volleyball, relay races, tug-of-war, swimming, obstacle courses, and more.

Each Division has the trophy or trophies for the week and they go back to be won by another Division in the next TG.  The Division with the most trophies is the winner of the Captain's Cup.  The winners get bragging rights and the overall winning Division receives a flag indicating they won.

Go to Recruit Training Command Holds Captain's Cup for more information.



The above information is provided by lemonelephant, the mom of a retired Sailor.


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Comment by lemonelephant on June 6, 2017 at 12:22am

Wisconsinmom, you are very welcome. I am glad to help.

Comment by Wisconsinmom on June 6, 2017 at 12:17am

Lemonelephant, again, thank you for all the wisdom you provide us new moms. It's always appreciated. 

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