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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**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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OCS Graduate Moms


OCS Graduate Moms

For those who have graduated from Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI or who are currently attending there.

Members: 635
Latest Activity: Sep 11

Please, if you no longer want to be a part of N4M's consider NOT deleting your profile as everything you have ever posted will disappear when you delete it .  You can leave a group but don't permanently delete your profile!

Discussion Forum

For Families of Current OCS Students

Started by missmellen. Last reply by LisaMarie Sep 9. 3 Replies

Care packages during Indoc Phase???

Started by SandInMyShoes. Last reply by LisaMarie Aug 21. 10 Replies

Roll back

Started by Chris10. Last reply by Sarah Dec 11, 2020. 6 Replies

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Comment by SandInMyShoes on March 8, 2021 at 4:51pm

Thanks Moms!!!

Comment by ProudMom on March 8, 2021 at 4:16pm

Naval Officer Cuff Links (Amazon) and Cadio Box Ideas (Pinterest)

Comment by Kim8 on March 8, 2021 at 3:59pm

Hi SandinMyShoes,

Congrats on your OC being in SOC phase! My son will graduate this Friday! OC's can receive more than 1 Candio box. Having said that, remember that they really don't have a lot of storage space & only 4 weeks to eat whatever goodies are in all the boxes. :) I opted to contact family & friends to send to me congratulations cards that I then included in our 1 box. I have heard of some people sending their OC an extra box for the purpose of giving to someone who doesn't get one. I didn't do that but thought I would toss that out there. The box has to be addresses to your OC & then you'd let your OC know its' purpose.

Another idea for graduation gift is a Navy Officer Insignia Box. These boxes have little compartments to hold all the various pins, boards, etc that go on their uniforms. It gives them a place to put all that stuff when getting uniforms laundered or dry cleaned. I don't know how easily they can be found online but my husband does wood working so he made the box for our son. Here's a link to an example of such box:

Best wishes to you!

Comment by SandInMyShoes on March 8, 2021 at 2:54pm

Hey OCS Graduate Moms...

Two new questions!  How many Candio boxes can a officer candidate receive?   Only one? or can they receive more than one?  And someone posted something about cufflinks?  Can you elaborate on that?  Was it a OCS graduation gift?  Let me know..... my OC is a SOC!  :)

Comment by penelopewms on January 16, 2021 at 7:41pm

My son was very pleased with Naval Officer cufflinks.

Comment by jagsailor on January 16, 2021 at 6:45pm

Hi Kim8,

My son is in 07.  I saw on our facebook group talk about Candio Boxes for delivery around FEb. 9th.  Thanks for the suggestions.  During the holiday stand down, I sent too many goodies and so I was just wondering what others were thinking for their Candio Boxes.  Apprectate your help

Comment by Kim8 on January 16, 2021 at 9:38am

Hi jagsailor, my son is at OCS currently also (07-21). I'm guessing your son is in 06? There is a FB group for 06 & they have been having discussions about this, if you're interested here's the link: 

As far as what to include, it definitely can be confusing, esp whether food is allowed, because they have changed that back & forth over the past couple years. Currently, they are allowing treats; I have contact w/a SO in the 05 class who gave me that info. So, treat it the same as the holiday boxes. If you want to include a gift just remember that they have very limited storage space. I have seen things like a nice pen or flashlight as ideas along with more practical stuff like Fox River socks (boot & dress) & long johns. And, of course, decorating the inside of the box to celebrate their accomplishment! Hope this helps.

Comment by jagsailor on January 15, 2021 at 11:10pm


Candio phase is coming up for my son at OCS.  Any recommendations for what to include in the box?  I'm not sure where to find accurate information.  Thank for your help!

Comment by Kim8 on August 16, 2020 at 3:02pm

Hi all, I started a new discussion but I think more people see comments on the wall so does anyone know the current situation with calling cards, i.e. better to get beforehand, what kind, easy enough to get at NEX so don't bother beforehand? You can answer using the discussion I started or right here I guess. The info I found on this site is from a while ago so looking for some updated info. TIA 

Comment by JF on May 4, 2020 at 1:15pm

Anyone here having a son/daughter in OCS 11-20?


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