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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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Care Package Ideas!

Themes, recipes, all kinds of ideas plus mailing tips and tricks.  It's fun to have them here in one place, so come get ideas and share yours!  

Members: 1291
Latest Activity: Dec 16, 2023

Carla:  I am a moderator for Navy moms on Yahoo, but also through the years have done troop support for all branches. I also have started and maintained hometown troop support, and send from our little community in Spirit Lake, Idaho - that has been very very cool. So, if you have ideas you want to share, bring it on and read and enjoy and use!  My email is if you have any questions or comments.  Feel free to share these in other groups or with friends.

Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom I'm co-admin and been sending care packages since 2008!  The best method is using the flat-rate priority boxes from USPS.  There's a two-dollar discount when sending to an APO/FPO address and you can send up to 70 lbs - that's 7.7 bricks!  You can order a free carton of 10 or 25 of the large-size boxes to be delivered to you at USPS APO/FPO flat-rate boxes; or call them at 800-610-8734 and request the "military pack" of six assorted boxes, customs forms, tape and address labels.  It can take two weeks or more for mail to arrive, and much longer if your sailor is deployed.  

Tips:  To save space, remove things from original packaging and put them in Ziplock bags.  Don't pack fragrant items such as soap or fabric softener sheets with food as the odors get absorbed.  Use clear tape or USPS priority tape to seal.  Put a copy of the address IN the box.  Storage space is limited so send accordingly.  Notes from friends, children, anyone saying Thank You for serving on deployment are passed around and treasured.    Per a Navy survey on Facebook, the top two items that Sailors ask for are cookies and beef jerky.  Send enough to share!  More info at USPS military mail FAQ.

For your sailor, two great checklists for deployment planning are the Single Sailor Deployment Readiness Checklist and Pre-Deployment Checklist for Family Members, prepared by JAG.

Just how does your care package reach the ship?  Watch!  Video: Underway replenishment

And if you've got the bug and would like to do more, please consider joining "Molly's Adopt a Sailor" (MAS) here on  Every month they adopt a deployed ship or unit and send the service members themed packages.  It's a super-fun and friendly group and you'll make great friends while sending much-needed and appreciated love and support from home.  I learned how to send care packages by joining the MAS group before my corpsman was first deployed!

Discussion Forum

No Packages During Basic?

Started by Cali Navy Mom. Last reply by Cali Navy Mom Nov 30, 2023. 4 Replies


Started by Proud Mom. Last reply by Bandmom Mar 2, 2020. 1 Reply


Started by Proud Mom. Last reply by Proud Mom Feb 25, 2020. 2 Replies

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Comment by Elizabeth Aguayo on August 15, 2023 at 10:15pm
My son just graduated boot camp at Great Lakes last Friday August 11th. He didn't purchase any pictures can I still purchase them and how. His my only child and he didn't think of me because his on the shy side.
Comment by Junebugg on November 7, 2022 at 12:28pm

Hello, I'm trying to find my sons A school Mailing address so I can send him a package. He is at Point Loma Annex San Diego California. He's attending A school for Sonar Technician stg. Any help would be appreciated.

Comment by Dana on September 5, 2020 at 7:50pm

6kidsncryy - You can start getting ideas so after he does graduate from BC you can send him stuff.  Remember to send lots and lots of letters to him at BC because they can't get care packages there.  

Comment by 6kidsncrzy on September 5, 2020 at 7:44pm

Dana - thank you so much. so overwhelmed. My son arrived a ROM on 8/26 so in quarantine for 2 weeks. Not even in BC yet. LOL!! Just didn't want to miss my opportunity to send him something. Thanks again.

Comment by Dana on September 5, 2020 at 7:40pm

6kidsncryy - as soon as you know their mailing address in A school or what ever location that are at.  You should also ensure what shipping method is for their location.  Some places for food that isn't allowed and some places it has to be in plastic containers.  You should ask them what types of things are and aren't allowed.  

Comment by 6kidsncrzy on September 5, 2020 at 7:33pm

When can you start sending care packages ?

Comment by Tonya on May 31, 2020 at 7:49pm
Has anyone used a monthly snack box subscription? I was looking at one called Universal Yums it says it will deliver to Military bases in U.S.. My son is overseas but I was thinking once it gets on a Military mail plan it would be sent overseas through the military but not sure. Would be open to other snack subscription service if anyone has had good luck
Comment by Phoenixmom on March 19, 2020 at 2:52pm

I'm with you on this Idea BandMom Thank You for sharing!

Comment by Bandmom on March 19, 2020 at 9:47am

Even though my son is not currently deployed, with all the current lockdowns and self Quarantines, I am starting to send care packages.   hopefully they will brighten his day a little.  Duty and home that is his life right now.

Comment by Bandmom on February 18, 2020 at 8:46am

Now that Valentines is over, and Easter is coming, let me give some pointers.  My son who came off of deployment last year wanted me to pass this on.  Remember when your sailor is deployed, it can take 2 weeks to a month for them to receive their mail.  If they are some place warm, Chocolate melts.  I packed my homemade goodies in Ziploc Baggies, then placed them in popped popcorn.  I added a jar of his favorite seasoning in the first box.  He loved it!  Another item that was a hit on the ship was Hard Candy.  If you sailor has a local favorite, send a large amount.  They love to share.  My sons ship had a metal bucket that they all put their hard candy in.  They enjoyed trying different kinds.  Of Course Jolly Ranchers are always a big hit.  Peanuts, Jerkey , Sausage sticks, Licorice, anything that doesn't melt.  He also said that food that was packed in plastic containers (like Tupperware) ga a plastic like taste,  I also sent some cookies once in a round pringles container.  They stacked really nicely in there, but they were not a fresh.

For all you new moms, I hope this helps.  God Bless you and your sailor.


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