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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."


**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). 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.

**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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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: 309
Latest Activity: Apr 22

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 momof2sailors on October 18, 2009 at 2:38pm
We would love to be back in Gods Country. But have to go where the work is.
Comment by momof2sailors on October 17, 2009 at 10:50am
We are moving to Greenville Texas. It is about 40 miles NE of Dallas. Hubby not happy about it. Cause he won't be able to bow hunt there.
Comment by momof2sailors on October 17, 2009 at 10:16am
We are in Piketon for another month. Then to texas.
Comment by momof2sailors on October 17, 2009 at 7:51am
Sue Schaefer,
Talk about a very small world. My son who is to graduate A school 11/6, his dad is in Washington state. And I am in Ohio. Looks like the opposite for your son. LOL. We would much rather be in Washington state otherwise known as GODS COUNTRY. My hubby retired from the Navy Dec 08. We moved to Ohio were he went to work Jan 09 and just got laid off 9/09. We are to move to Texas for him to start work there 11/09.
Comment by momof2sailors on October 15, 2009 at 8:11am
When does your son graduate A school? My son is also in A school and is suppose to graduate 11/6. I also have 5 kids. My middle one is the one at A school now. My oldest son leaves for boot camp on 12/14.
Comment by CCR on March 16, 2009 at 4:22pm
Yes Barbara, the Navy training for institutional cooking is a very important part of the basics. Some Chefs lack that training and only know fine dining - for instance - if they go to Culinary School. Then they don't know how to handle volume, etc.
BTW, at our Waco get together I am bringing lots of diverse magazines per request by moms whose kids overseas fight over the magazines. I also have some culinary magazines I would bring if any of you live in Texas, please let me know if you are coming and I'll put your name on them.
Comment by CCR on March 6, 2009 at 2:41pm
Hi, my sailor is not an CS, but this place is near and dear to my heart. Our good friend Sherry Carlton in Dallas (A Pastry Chef who owns Dessert Dreams) has gone on as many as 5 carriers to mentor the CS's there. My husband is director of the Texas Chefs Association here in Deep East Texas and he spends over 600 hours a year mentoring, community service, etc. It doesn't do any good to have all the skills, techniques, and knowledge without passing it on to the next generation! Congratulations to all your sailors who have chosen this profession - I am proud of your families. BTW, Sherry's father was an FC like my son, small world, isn't it?

So I"m here to invite you all to post any history of your family that was in the Navy in years past. Please go to the Navy History Group (we love museums!)
and share your history with us. thanks for allowing me to post.

This is a site where you can look people up.
Her dad is Bertram E. Carlson and she has gone on about 4 carriers.
Comment by Margaret_ProudTexasMomof2Sailors on January 26, 2009 at 8:50pm
My son is still DEP. I still have yet to figure why he chose CS as his job. I have told him what I have learned from the posts on this site. I think he is more excited about his job choice. I'm hoping that once he comes home to visit after A School, he will show me some tips!
Thanks for all ya'lls posts! I have learned alot about being a CS. My other son who is also DEP, wants to be a corpsman. There is a lot of information about his job! Again, Thanks for all the posts. Ya'll have helped me relax more as I send my babies away!

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