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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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I will use this section as an archive area to get rid of some of the PAGES info (located under the members pictures) so you can see the most recent stuff.

I just want the most recent stuff in the PAGES area.


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Phase Liberty for NAS and Corry

Here is the offical rules for phase liberty.  Read starting at page 20.  This applies to both Corry and NATTC.



NIOC Denver Pictures

I thought I'd post some pictures of NIOC Denver...  I will post more later, when I have time.  

How do I see my advancement profile sheet?

Much of the information included on the NAC's NKO portal includes Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  DoD policy clearly states CAC login is required when systems contain PII.  Profile sheets are developed, maintained and linked to the Navy Enlisted Advancement System, and contain PII on individual Sailors.  You can access much of the information on the NAC's NKO portal through your login/password (no CAC required). 


The following links on our site do not require CAC login:

  • Bibliographies
  • AEDC Information
  • Time in Rate and Exam Computation Table
  • Exam Calendars
  • Advancement Worksheet Information
  • Final Multiple Computation Chart
  • Paper Exam Instructions
  • Navy Enlisted Advancement Exam System Brief
  • Advancement Manual
  • Transmittal Letter Examples
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CAC login is required for the following links:

  • Online Exam Ordering
  • Exam Toteboard
  • Profile Sheets
  • Exam Statistics (by UIC and Rate)
  • AFCT Results Profile

Your advancement profile sheet info...

After each exam cycle, the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) posts a profile form for exam candidates. The primary purpose of the Examination Profile Information Form is to provide advancement/selection board eligibility feedback to E-4 through E-7 candidates. Log on to the NAC website to get more information and to see sample forms.



There are many myths about examinations. Unfortunately, they are shared by misinformed Sailors and often lead to unfocused exam study. One of the most common myths is the one discussed below. Like all the others, this one is untrue:


"The profile form tells candidates what they should study for the next exam;

therefore, profile forms should be used as the basis for exam study programs."


The profile form is intended to provide feedback to a candidate on how he or she performed on the exam compared with others of the same rating (e.g., a BM3 compared to all other BM3 test takers who took the same exam). That’s it! The next exam will NOT have all the same questions. There are no shortcuts!


For the next exam, candidates should always study the references listed in their BIBs because BIBs list the references used by the exam writer to support the exam. Of course, the questions will not come directly out of the BIBs; but, along with experience the prepared candidate should have, the BIBs will add additional information.


Does it hurt to know how you did on the last exam when you are planning your exam study? Not a bit. Exam writers test the major subject matter of their ratings. Major subject matter (shown as sections on the profile forms) will reappear from time to time. But not the same questions! Use past profile information as just another piece of information to help you organize your study plan. But don’t get trapped into thinking the profile form provides the questions or answers. It doesn't.

Your exam Standard Score (SS) - what does it really mean?

The standard score (SS) is a reflection of how well a candidate did compared to candidate peers taking the same exam. The SS range is 20 to 80. SS changes from exam to exam since the average computations are based on the peer group at the time the particular exam is given. 

NOT TRUE: "I scored an 80, so I aced the exam!"

In general, a SS of 80 indicates a candidate scored higher than 99% of the candidates taking the exact same exam (i.e. 99th percentile). A SS of 70 indicates candidate scored higher than 98% of all candidates, 60 indicates 84%, 50 indicates 50%, 40 indicates 16%, 30 indicates 2%, and 20 indicates 1%. It is the SS, not RS that is a component of the final multiple score (FMS). Lastly -- FMS is how a candidate is advanced with the combination of all elements: exam SS, evals (PMA), awards, education, PNA points and service in grade.

Advancement Pay Determination - I just got advanced off the last exam, when am I getting paid?

The CNO provides monthly pay increment quotas. These quotas are uploaded into the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) and spread across all ratings by pay grade. Selectees are advanced by Final Multiple Score, not exam Standard Score (SS) for (E4/5/6).  Once your pay date is determined, your Profile Sheet will be updated with the actual date of advancement. If your profile sheet status says SELECTEE, then you are not getting paid that month. Check it again the first week of the next month.


Starting in October 2010, Sailors selected for advancement to E4, E5 and E6 advance at a right at 3% per month for the first five months of the six-month pay increment.  The remaining 85% advance in the final month of the advancement cycle. 


The pay increments for each exam cycle are as follows -


MAR (Active) E4/5/6 has 6 increments - Jul (current year) through Dec (current year)

SEP (Active) E4/5/6 has 6 increments - Jan (following year) through Jun (following year)


Pass but Not Advance (PNA) points. I passed the exam but was not advanced. How are PNA points calculated?

PNA (Passed Not Advanced) Points are added to your FMS (E-4/5/6 only) if you pass the test, but are not advanced. PNA Points come from two sources, your exam Standard Score (SS) and your Performance Mark Average (PMA). You can receive up to 1.5 Points each for PMA and SS per exam with a maximum of 3.0 per exam. Only the PNA points from the last 5 exam cycles are used. PNA Points for Performance Mark Average (PMA) is based on how you rank among your peers. PNA Points for Exam Standard Score (SS) is based on exam score ranges. 

Performance Mark Average ranking are as follows - 

Top 25% = 1.5 PNA Points 
Next 25% = 1.0 PNA Points 
Next 25% = 0.5 PNA Points 
Last 25% = 0.0 PNA Points 

Exam Standard Score ranges are as follows - 

57.01- 80.00 = 1.5 PNA Points 
50.01- 57.00 = 1.0 PNA Points 
42.01- 50.00 = 0.5 PNA Points 
42.00 or less = 0.0 PNA Point

How is your PMA calculated?

Your Performance Mark Average (PMA) uses only the Promotion Recommendation block (Block 45) from evaluations in the current paygrade. For E4, your ESO uses evals from the past 8 to 9 months. For E5, the past 14 to 15 months are used, and E6, the past 36 months. Block 45 marks are added together, then divided by the number of evaluations used in the computation. 

Promotion Recommendation Point Values 

Early Promote = 4.00 
Must Promote = 3.80 
Promotable = 3.60 
Progressing = 3.40 
Significant Problems = 2.00 

Example for PO2 Participating in PO1 Exam: 

Evaluation Ending Block 45 Mark 
09 March 15 EP = 4.00 
08 March 15 MP = 3.80 
07 March 15 MP = 3.80 

Add 4.00 + 3.80 + 3.80 = 11.6, divide by 3 = 3.866 

Round up to 3.87 = PMA 

POV shipped to Japan and HHG stuff

Comment by Craig on August 20, 2011 at 11:53am

Per the HHG, he has four choices.  He can leave ship his HHG for his wife to use if she deceides to stay where ever they were OR he can put them in temporary stowage and have them ship closer to his PCS date OR he can place them in non-temporary stowage while he is on his tour in Japan and they will remained stored until he returns to the US  OR  he can ship them to his home of record or anywhere in the US for someone else to store them (ie like his parents). 

Per the car, your correct, you're not authorized to ship your car to Japan, unless you pay for it yourself, and then I don't know if you can get it registered on base. The exception is a vehicle made after 1976, don't ask me why. You can ship a motorcycle, and you can probably find out more info on all of this either online or at the base where you are stationed now.


This is out of the consignment guide...instructions for Japan...sorry for the length 

a. POV shipments are subject to embargo or waiver requirements. Effective 1 April 1996, the Assistant Secretary for Defense (for Management Policy) has granted limited case-by-case, waiver authority to Commander USFJ for shipment of post 1976 type vehicles to Mainland Japan only. Okinawa continues to be under an embargo status and is not included under this waiver authority. The waiver authority for Mainland Japan has been further delegated by USFJ to Component Commanders. When requesting a waiver the following information should be included: make/year/model of vehicle and vehicle identification number (VIN), if equipped with California emission. All DoD/military members/employees must obtain prior approval from their respective service authority in Japan named in para 8e. All imported motor vehicles must be registered by the Government of Japan. 

e. WAIVERS: All DOD/military members/employees must obtain prior approval from their respective service authority in Japan as indicated below for shipment of POVs. The following are the POC's for POV Waivers: 

1. For all Army: Commander, USAG-J, Bldg 102, Room E100, Unit 45006, ATTN IMPC-JA-LGT-Z, APO AP 96343. Phone numbers: DSN 263-5154/4766; COMM 011-81-46-407-5154. DSN FAX: 315-263-8984. Email 

2. For Air Force: 

a. Yokota AB, JA: 374 LRS/LGRDF, Unit 5120, Yokota AB, JA, APO AP 96328. Phone numbers: DSN 315-225-9733-9725; COMM: 011-81-3117-55-9733/9725. DSN FAX: 315-225-9606. Email address: 374LRS.LGRDF@YOKOTA.AF.MIL 

b. Misawa AB, JA: 35 LRS/LGRDF, Misawa AB JA, Unit 5014, APO AP 96319-5014. Phone number: DSN 226-3525. DSN FAX: 226-2077. Email Address: 

3. For Navy and Marines: Commander, US Naval Forces, Japan ATTN: N-8, FPO AP 96349, phone number DSN 243-2065/3094. FAX number 243-3109. 


Privately Owned Vehicles (POV’s)POV shipments to Japan are permitted, subject to embargo or waiver requirements, but are not recommended.


 Effective 1 Apr 96, the assistant Secretary of Defense (Revised September 2004) 9STATEMENT OF LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS (Management & Policy) has granted limited case-by-case waiver authority to Commander USFJ for shipment of post-1976 vehicles to mainland Japan only. Okinawa continues to be under embargo and is not included under this waiver authority. Certain requirements/restrictions may cause personal and financial hardships encountered in modifying POVs to meet the strict environmental/emissions standards imposed by the host nation governments, especially in Japan.  


Even vehicles manufactured in Japan and meeting California emissions requirements, reimported to Japan, must undergo a two-day emissions test, which costs approximately Y192,600 (between $1,700-$2,000 depending upon the conversion rate at the time), and requires driving the vehicle to the Yokota area where it must remain overnight. Although earlier-model cars may be shipped, cost of compliance with Japanese emission control and safety standards would significantly increase should the vehicle fail the inspection(s).  Vehicles that do not pass inspection will not be shipped back to CONUS at government expense. Used Japanese cars are readily available, are fairly inexpensive, have the advantage of right-hand drive, and meet Japanese emission control standards.


 Also, Japanese public transportation is excellent, and rental vehicles are available on base for off-base excursions.Motorcycles are popular means of transportation in Japan.  However, because of the inherent dangers involved in operating motorcycles, specific licensing requirements must be met, as well as stringent safety and emission system controls in compliance with Japanese laws.  Purchase of a new or used motorcycle in Japan is a relatively straightforward transaction with prices comparable to those in the U.S.  If you have a state-approved or U.S. military issued motorcycle license, be sure to bring it with you, as it may reduce the time spent in qualifying  for a license.


 If you plan to ship a motorcycle to Japan, it would be advisable to have your sponsor check the vehicle specifications with the Security Department to ensure that the motorcycle will pass Japanese standards without excessive and costly modifications.  Two-wheeled vehicles (including motorcycles) may not be driven by SOFA-sponsored persons in Misawa between 1 December and 30 March.

The POW/MIA Table at every galley and at the Navy Day Ball...



Since the Navy Day Ball was yesterday, I thought I'd share this... (Happy 236th birthday U.S. Navy)

The POW/MIA Table
(This ceremony was part of the Navy Ball, I really liked it and so I am sharing it with you)

You may notice this small table here in a place of honor. It is set for one. This table is our way of symbolizing that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. They are commonly call P.O.W.'s or M.I.A.'s, we call them brothers.

They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them.

This table set for one is small... it symbolizes the frailty of one prisoner against his oppressors.

The table cloth is white... it symbolizes the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.

The single rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades in arms who keep faith awaiting their return.

The yellow ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the yellow ribbon worn on the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting for our missing.

A slice of lemon is on the bread plate... to remind us of their bitter fate.

There is salt upon the bread plate... symbolic of the family's tears as they wait.

The glass is inverted... they cannot toast with us tonight.

The chair is empty... they are not here.

Remember... all of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended on their might and aid, and relied on them... for surely... they have not forsaken you.


Web Links for Navy Stuff (by Craig)


Hey all,

When people ask questions about the Navy, I will usually refer to the offical Navy rule.  I do this so people understand that there is a rule, and they can read about it. 

I will make two sections here, one for the offical stuff, and one for the fun stuff.  Then I will edit the section when we add more links.  It's too bad that everyone can't post here,
but that's the way N4M made it. 




     ALNAV & NAVADMIN message link:

     Sea/shore rotation list. Look at NAVADMIN 234/08


     MILPERSMAN (offical rules)


     Personnel dropping out of "A" school:

     (MILPERSMAN 1236-020


      Frocking of Enlisted Personnel:

      (MILPERSMAN 1420-060)


     ACE (American Council on Education) guide.

     (How many college credits does you sailor earn for graduating CT school)
     Where do CT get stationed in CONUS:  (we are the blue guys usually called NIOC)





     Navy Lodge:

     (Navy Hotels)



     (Corry and NAS base paper)



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