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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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Japan Moms

For all the Moms(and Dads) with a Sailor in Japan

Members: 687
Latest Activity: Feb 6

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Started by Wendy. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) Sep 3, 2022. 4 Replies

Cell Phone in Sasebo

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Getting a cat to Yokusaka

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Comment by Melissa mom of Chip on November 6, 2008 at 9:43am

He is an OS on the USS Curtis Wilbur and he really likes his job. He first served on the USS Ronald Reagan. He was on the Carrier from the day of its start. He is a Plank Owner on the USS Ronald Reagan. He is very proud of his service in the Navy and he is hoping to make a career out of it. He says that as long as things go the way they have been, then he will continue to reenlist every 4 to 6 years.
Comment by Melissa mom of Chip on November 4, 2008 at 2:48pm
Yes he is renting the house by himself. He is an E5. He will have the house for about 2 more months. He will then he giving it up to come back to the States for his next duty.
Comment by Melissa mom of Chip on October 31, 2008 at 10:57am
Julie, I made my travel plans through but you can also use or I went out and checked all for the lowest prices. I did not have to stay in a hotel because my son is renting a house in Japan so I got to stay with him and it was absolutely wonderful. Like I said as soon as I figure out how to put pictures on here, I will do so.
Comment by Melissa mom of Chip on October 30, 2008 at 9:49am
There are times when I miss a call from my son and like you I play it over and over again. No you are not crazy because if you were, then so would a lot of other people. As soon as I figure out how to add pictures, I will do so. I have some wonderful pictures of Japan.
Comment by Melissa mom of Chip on October 30, 2008 at 9:41am

If you get the chance to go to Japan, go for it. I went last December and spent 17 days with my son. It was the most wonderful vacation that I have taken so far. The country is just beautiful and the people are really nice. If you like oriental food, then you will be happy. I did not find any food that I did not like.
Comment by Melissa mom of Chip on October 29, 2008 at 2:51pm

So glad to hear that your son has contacted you. Yes, I know exactly how you feel. I just email and phone calls from my son 2 days ago when he got back into port. He is stationed in Yokosuka. Of course he does not live on base. He is renting a house in town. It is a really cute house. I was able to spend Christmas with him last year. He will be coming home sometime in January or February hopefully and report to his next Duty Station.
Comment by Melissa mom of Chip on October 29, 2008 at 9:15am
Depending on the ship that he is on, he should be able to set up an email address from the ship. If he has a laptop computer, you can still email him through yahoo. My son has a ship email address and his personal email address that he uses his laptop for. It usually takes about 2 weeks for mail to get to my son who is in Yokosuka, Japan. Of course if he is out to sea it could take longer. My son has been there for about 2 years and yes I miss him a lot. Your son can also get a cell phone in Japan and then he will be able to call you. Mine did and it is wonderful to hear his voice. I have a cell phone and I had International calling added to it after my son got his cell phone. If he does not give you a mailing address here shortly, you should be able to go to the Recruiting Office and they should be able to help you out. The Recruiting office can be a very helpful place.
Comment by Melissa mom of Chip on October 28, 2008 at 10:43am
Hi all. I just got an email from my son and a couple of phone calls. I guess that means that he is back in port. He has enjoyed his stay in Japan but he says that he is ready to come back to the states. Hopefully that will be sometine in January or February. This is for Tammy Lawson, I to will miss him terribly at Christmas. At least I will have my oldest son and his family here. I will probably be putting money in his bank account for X-Mas since he will not be needing anything until he gets back to the states.
Comment by Suzanne on September 22, 2008 at 11:06pm
Hi Dee,
Yes Aaron specializes in launching and recovering aircraft on the flight deck of the GW? He is with V 2 Divison and I think that is part of Airwing 5. They could know each other or maybe they work together. That would be cool. I will ask Aaron the next time we talk.
Comment by Suzanne on September 19, 2008 at 9:12pm
Hi to all you moms! My son Aaron is on the USS George Washington headed to Yokosuka Japan. He is an ABE the green shirts on the flight deck.

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