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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."

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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Molly's Adopt A Sailor Cake/Pie in a Jar Instructions


You can use any pie dough recipe you like. Just take little pieces and press them into the jar. Make sure it's pressed all the way up the sides of the jar, about an 1/2 to 1 inch from the top. Do not grease the jars.
For the top crust, roll out some pie dough. You can use the ring part of your jar or a glass to cut round pieces. Make sure to cut in a vent so steam can escape.

You can use any pie filling, canned or home-made. If you’re using fresh fruit, cut it into small pieces. (if you are using a firmer type of apple, you may want to microwave the filling to soften it a bit)

You'll need about ½ cup filling for each ½ pint jar, or 1 cup filling per pint jar.

Slip the top crust onto the top of the pie. It will be large enough that the outside edge goes up the side of the dough-covered jar a bit. Then use your finger, or a fork, to press the 2 pieces of dough together to seal.
Do NOT put lids on jars for baking.
Wipe the rims, they need to be free of any crust or filling.
Place jars on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes.


While pies are baking, boil the lids and rings in water. Take out one at a time to be placed on the hot jar.

As soon as pies are done, remove from oven one at a time, wipe rims of jars and put on a lid and ring. CAREFUL ~ they're hot!!

Jars will seal as they cool. Place the jars on the counter and listen for them to "ping" as they seal. If you miss the "ping", wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn't move at all, it's sealed.


If you have some that don't seal, remove lids and rings and boil them again. Put the pies back into the oven for 10 minutes and then put on lids and rings.





Sterilize straight sided wide mouth pint canning jars, lids and rings by boiling for 10 minutes. Keep the lids and rings in the hot
water until needed. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

(I think it takes 8 pint jars per cake mix.)

Grease insides of jars. Pour 1 cup cake batter into each jar. Remove any batter from the rims.

Place the jars on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 35
to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted deep into center of cake
comes out clean.

While cakes are baking, sterilize lids and rings by boiling them in a saucepan of water. Keep them in the hot water until ready to use.

When the cakes have finished baking, remove jars from oven. Make sure jar rims are clean. (If they're not, jars will not seal
correctly). While jars are still hot, place lids on jars, and screw
rings on tightly. Jars will seal as they cool. Place the jars on the
counter and listen for them to "ping" as they seal. If you miss the
"ping", wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the
lid. If it doesn't move at all, it's sealed.

Note:  If you're using a box cake mix, you may want to pour only 3/4 cup cake batter into jars because of how much they seem to rise.

You need about an inch of head space between the top of the cake and the lid.

If your cake rises too high in the jar, you can cut off the top of the cake before putting on the lids.


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