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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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Heads at Ease pillowcase project - our motto is: ALL OR NONE Discussions (79)

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Air Force Unit

I think this might be a 1st for us to actually have a thread for the Air Force. A young man in my church is with this unit, so that is exc…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

20 Jan 2, 2013
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

USS Decatur (DDG73)

    This is the USS Decatur, they are currently deployed and are in some need of some Love from home. I have been working with the CMC of t…

Started by Maryellen

18 Nov 22, 2012
Reply by Maryellen


Our new group is a Marine battalion called CLB-4.   This group has a Tucson connection as at least 1 Marine is from here.  His grandma work…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

30 Oct 17, 2012
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

Dawn, the best POC in the world!

Dawn is our old friend from 2010.  She is former AF now working as a civilian in the sandbox.  The nature of her job gives her contact with…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

4 Sep 9, 2012
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

Ft Hood 584th MAC, and 510th CC

    Ok Here we go we have 2 small groups from Ft Hood.  I would like to start on 6/11/12 with the first group. Please email me for the Addr…

Started by Maryellen

26 Sep 9, 2012
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

NMCB 11 at Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan

I've been given the okay for doing my son's Seabee battalion at Camp Leatherneck.  We will need 300 cases and will start sending on May 15.…

Started by Kelleypen

48 Jul 13, 2012
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

USS Abraham Lincoln CVN72, an aircraft carrier-Sue's heart

The USS Abraham Lincoln will be deployed for Christmas and has given approval for the ship to receive pillowcases while on deployment.   Th…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

352 Jul 1, 2012
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

heads at ease pillow cases

i am very interested in making pillow cases and i need to know where to send them and what size should i make? this seems to be such an eas…

Started by bexphily

1 Jun 17, 2012
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

9th ESB Marines

We have around 700 again.  Planning to go thru March with the mailings but I will confirm that also. I have set 2 mailings at this point.…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

65 Apr 8, 2012
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

14th EN BN

This is an army unit.  In fact, it is the army unit that we had planned to mail with the CEB but things didn't work out for that. I have a…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

19 Apr 3, 2012
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady


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