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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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! Discussions (18)

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Cake and pies in a jar - Links to recipes

These are great to send abroad to sailors on deployment. Here are a couple of Links for recipes and instructions: http://www.ourbestbites

Started by AngiePNMx2Latest Reply

Discussions Replies Latest Activity


Can we get things to the subs? I want to send my son stuff but not sure how this works.

Started by Proud Mom

1 Mar 2, 2020
Reply by Bandmom


Can we get things to the subs? I want to send my son stuff but not sure how this works or if it's even possible

Started by Proud Mom

2 Feb 25, 2020
Reply by Proud Mom

Care Package theme ideas

TIPS AND IDEAS FOR THEMED CARE PACKAGES Pro tip:  per the Navy, the top two items requested by Sailors are cookies and beef jerky  :) Happy…

Started by AngiePNMx2

16 Mar 8, 2017
Reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

USPS large priority-mail, reduced-rate military boxes delivered to you free! Also: Customs Form info.

Call 800-610-8734, say "Order supplies" and then ask for the Military Pack.  They'll send you six priority-mail large (12"x12"x6") boxes,…

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

2 Dec 1, 2016
Reply by jsefamily

How much is too much?

I see all these great ideas for Care packages. I am just afraid of sending too much. I mean, it is my understaning that they have such limi…

Started by Sandra D

5 Sep 25, 2016
Reply by hope4answers

Cake and pies in a jar - Links to recipes

These are great to send abroad to sailors on deployment. Here are a couple of Links for recipes and instructions: http://www.ourbestbites

Started by AngiePNMx2

18 Mar 18, 2016
Reply by blitz1201

shopping links

different places to get things to send to your sailor

Started by duhhuh58 Ship 10/Div 267

9 Apr 12, 2015
Reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

"A" School

Looking for some good ideas for care packages for a school. My husband just got to Pensecola. Hoping to send him something that can help wi…

Started by MXNavyWife110

3 Apr 12, 2015
Reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

2013 Holiday Season Mailing Deadlines to FPO/APO Addresses

The Naval Supply Systems Command's (NAVSUP) Postal Policy Division mail-by dates for pre-Dec. 25 delivery of holiday cards, letters, and pa…

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

3 Nov 10, 2013
Reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

Help with the Pie in the Jar

I'm new to this group and would like to ask a few questions.  First and foremost I'm not a good baker, or a good cook for that matter. lol…

Started by Donna

6 Sep 25, 2013
Reply by Donna


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