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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."


**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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CS (Culinary Specialist) Moms


CS (Culinary Specialist) Moms

The heart and soul of the Navy-the cook! Let's swap stories and exchange info about our loved ones being a CS in the Navy!

Members: 310
Latest Activity: Aug 22, 2020

Discussion Forum

Boot camp

Started by Amanda Jan 30, 2019. 0 Replies

Arrived at bc on June 13-CSS

Started by Lea (SHIP 11 DIV 242). Last reply by Lea (SHIP 11 DIV 242) Jun 22, 2017. 2 Replies

My Bird can Cook

Started by My Little Bird. Last reply by disneygirl64 May 10, 2017. 6 Replies

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Comment by therevbev on July 27, 2018 at 11:23am

Hi, JJOO. USUALLY, and I mean that considering this is the military, the sailors have the weekends free, but still haven't been in long enough to earn much in the way of liberty privileges yet. If I remember correctly, it took a few weeks to earn the right to wear "civies" in public, and the ability to leave the base without a "buddy". Only your sailor will have the schedule or will be able to tell you WHEN he can freely leave Fort Lee. I know that doesn't help with plans, but the military can advance or delay liberty privileges for any reason.

Comment by therevbev on July 27, 2018 at 11:17am

Hi Michaela & BoogiesMom! Welcome. Since it's been awhile I am reposting the relative schedule of what you can expect....(This was true thru last year, hope nothing major has changed.)

The CS all stay at GL for at least 2 and sometimes 4 weeks, or more,  until the class is ready in VA. The first week is indoc classes (a Navy necessity) followed by a lot of cleaning and standing watch. That's just the way of it. As to PIR weekend, you can plan it as it fits your schedule (they have liberty throughout the whole weekend.. must stay at base each night, but you can sign them out Fri. afternoon, Sat & Sun.) since he'll be in Great Lakes, IL for several more weeks.

School is about 5 weeks in Fort Lee, Petersburg, VA. It's there that they will be assigned their first duty station just before the schooling is finished. There is a nice graduation ceremony (about 45 min) with about 1/3rd of the sailors having family present. USUALLY they will finally be permitted leave before reporting to their duty station or ship (my son went immediately to Guam after 10 days to catch a carrier that was already deployed). 

This is the "normal" schedule... at least it is the average timing. The thing to always remember is that it is the military and THAT means nothing is ever written in stone. Not dates, not leave, it's always up in the air! As my Marine parents group says..."Semper Gumby" (always flexible).

Comment by Michaela on July 27, 2018 at 11:04am

Do the sailors stay in a hold division at RTC while going through indoc and waiting for class to pick up at fort lee? Or do they cross the street and go over to the A school side for indoc and hold?

Comment by BoogiesMom on July 27, 2018 at 10:31am

Hey All!

New Navy Mom here.  My SR is set to Graduate from BC on 8/10/18, and after a couple of weeks stay at RTC, he will be going to A School in Fort Lee, VA. 

Anyone have any advice for the new upcoming changes?  He said he has a few friends in BC who will be going with him to VA as CS's, as well, so I'm hoping to revive this thread with some current CS Mommas!  :)

Comment by JJOO on July 7, 2018 at 7:18pm

Since I live in NC will I be able to visit him at A school at Fort Lee

Comment by Rachel on July 6, 2018 at 12:09am

Congrats misstizzy514 and JJOO!! I know you are excited and very proud of your children. Our son has graduated CS school and the time went by way faster than boot camp. Probably because we were able to talk every day. They do keep them busy though.  He will be headed out tomorrow and we have so enjoyed him being home but can tell he is bored and is excited to get started on his career. Good luck to both of you and if I can help with anything feel free to ask.

Comment by JJOO on June 19, 2018 at 9:29pm

I'm new as well my son left on 6/5 he is also a CS

Comment by misstizzy514 on June 14, 2018 at 3:44pm

Hi! I'm new. My bonus daughter (former stepdaughter) left 5/15 and is scheduled to graduate 7/6. Unfortunately the only information I get is if I ask her mother; so I went here in an attempt to get as much info as I can :)

She is going to be a idea what her next step is after her initial graduation....but I am super ridiculously proud of her

Comment by Rachel on April 3, 2018 at 7:45am

Anyone new out there?

Comment by CAB on October 18, 2017 at 2:16pm
Hi everyone. My sailor will soon be joining school in Virginia. Anyone else?

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