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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 - 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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Multiple Military

For those of us with multiple children in different services, I have one sailor and one marine (soon to be)

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Latest Activity: May 1, 2019

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Comment by Kim on September 22, 2011 at 3:32pm
I am so glad to know I'm not alone! My son joined the Army last year and did his basic training at Ft Benning, he is at Ft Carson Colorado now & deploys in January. My youngest son joined the Navy and had his PIR in July. He is now on the USS Mason out of Norfolk VA. I have lots of trouble with the different lingo between the two branches of the service! Looking back I can't believe how much has changed in the last year! I live in a small town & feel like I don't have anyone to share my concerns with! This sight is proving to be just what I was needing!
Comment by cyndaroo7 on February 27, 2011 at 4:04am

Well, my son will go into BC on Mar14th.    My daughter graduates from BC on Mar18th.  What's a mom to do?  I am so proud of them but the house will be SO SO SO quiet when they are gone.  How do you ladies deal with that?


Comment by cyndaroo7 on February 9, 2011 at 12:35am
Thank you Sherrill!!!  Much appreciated.
Comment by cyndaroo7 on February 8, 2011 at 12:59am

I have a question:  I have a son who will be going to Navy Bootcamp on Mar14th.  My daughter is currently inNavy Bootcamp and will be graduating Mar18th.  Is there any way my new bootcamp son can watch his sister graduate?  Have you ever heard of this happening before?

Any help would be appreciated!  Cyndi

Comment by ProudMomS of a SAILOR! 10/29/10 on January 30, 2011 at 5:42pm
My Navy son is in Groton, CT and my Army son will go to Ft. Benning.  He wanted infantry.  I think after that he goes to Afghanistan.  It's alot to get used to!
Comment by ProudMomS of a SAILOR! 10/29/10 on January 30, 2011 at 1:54pm
I am glad to find this site.  I have a Navy son that joined in August, and now I have a son that joined the Army on Friday.  I very proud of his choice and can't believe I have 2 in the military!  Wow!  I think this experience will be different.
Comment by kim ann on March 9, 2009 at 12:35am
Christine, wish to welcome you, too! May I congratulate you on your sons, and thank them/you for all the sacrifices you endure. They have a great mom, and know that they are a blessing and asset to the commands they are at. You will enjoy this site as well, and will be glad to have your knowledge based experience to chime in! :0}
Comment by kim ann on November 24, 2008 at 3:12am
Thanks Kathryne, I do hope your Thanksgiving will be an enjoyable one. And a Happy one to each of you, as well!
Comment by kim ann on November 19, 2008 at 12:42am
I feel for all of you in not having your wonderful sailors to be there for Christmas, I don't know how I will ever deal with that one someday. I know I am extremely fortunate to get that chance, as my boys will be nearing the end of A School, but not quite by Christmas. I almost feel as a traitor, but I promise I will enjoy every minute I get with them! Plus, I live close enuf to go up and cook a Thanksgiving dinner for them this year...knowing it could be bittersweet as to not have that chance at all next year.l will say a prayer for all of you...:~{
Comment by kim ann on November 7, 2008 at 4:09am
Hi ya'all! Another mom of twins joining in, tho both mine are in the Navy. I sure hope for your sakes that your boys CAN get together for Christmas. My two are SO very close, and I know it is going to be difficult when that time comes. They say they are ready, but I know, and sense differently. I feel a bit as a traitor, as I am lucky enuf to have both mine coming home, together. I will keep praying that yours all get that chance, too.

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