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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 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).  

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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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OCS Graduate Moms


OCS Graduate Moms

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

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Comment by Cathy on April 12, 2022 at 7:38am
My son is currently there. Started February 13 and is in week 9. You should try to find a Facebook page for the class. Usually containing the class number. The Facebook pages are so helpful and you can connect with other family members from the class.
Comment by NavyplusArmy on April 12, 2022 at 12:25am
Any Moms or other family who currently have someone at OCS? My son's OCS class started 3/27.
Comment by Kim8 on November 19, 2021 at 3:00pm

Hi Vetta17,

My son graduated in class 07-21 this past March. Candidates receive their candio boxes after Battle Stations which is in Week 9, usually on Wednesday. The candidates can get their phones back as early as that Wed night & Candio boxes are usually given Thurs or Fri of week 9 but this is at the discretion of the class officers so it varies. I sent my son's Candio box on Thurs of week 8 via UPS & it arrived on base on Monday. My son was actually given his box Monday night, it had to be a mistake, because they are usually held onto until they know the candidate has passed everything. He, of course, just held onto it because he knew it was full of contraband until he was a Candio. :)

If you google search "Navy Candio box ideas" you will see a lot of photo examples. I also uploaded a photo of the one I made, see below. (The black boxes you see are where our last name was. Since no last names are allowed on this site, I blocked that out.) Have fun decorated the box. You can use wrapping paper if you can find some that are patriotic or go to a craft store & use scrapbooking paper, that's what I used. In that same section of the store you can also usually find the stick on letters & some Navy decorations. 

When my son was there goodies & snacks were allowed. It seems that this changes every few years so try to find out for sure, maybe look on OTCN FB page or website and/or your son's OCS class FB group for friends & family. I included snacks, cookies, energy bars, etc that I know my son likes. I also contacted family & friends & told them to send me cards that I would include in the box. I bought a little desktop stand with a small American & Navy flag that stand in it. They have very limited space to store anything so that & the cards were the only non-food items I included Some people send practical items, like nice socks, thermal/compression underwear, etc.

Many people use the large flat rate box from the post office for the Candio box. It's 12x12x5 & costs about $20 no matter how heavy it is. We live in Ohio so it was actually a little cheaper to go UPS & I saved a box that was 12x12x6 from Christmas. The scrapbooking sheets are 12x12 so that's a nice size to make decorating a bit easier. USPS also got way behind in deliveries during the holidays so I didn't want to take any chances that it would be late so that's why I chose UPS. Btw, candidates are allowed to receive more than 1 Candio box but again, remember they don't have a lot of extra space.

Comment by Vetta17 on November 19, 2021 at 12:18pm

Thanks and my son is in his 6th week in OCS; looking for advice on candio boxes 

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


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