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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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When a sailor is discharged, they are given a 3 letter code that tells why they receive the discharge.  This 3 digit code is extremely important, and will follow them around for the rest of their life.   Alot of people have no clue about these codes, but big companies do.  So this post is to explain how you can tell what your sailor is being discharged for...

This will show you how to read a DD-214 Navy discharge paperwork.  If you know how, then maybe this will help one of the members that don't.


Alot of people wonder how to read a Navy discharge code.  These codes are only located on the DD-214 page 4, not on page 1.... 


I will use mine as an example. 

Here is the bottom of my DD-214 page one:

Here is the bottom of my DD-214 page 4.  Notice the extra little bit that is added on that shows the Seperation Code (Block 26) and the Reentry code, normally called the RE code (Block 27).  These codes tell most of the story.   




To find the Reentry Code meaning, just go to this link:

(Note:  Just keep clicking on picture until it's clear, or print it out)

So you can see on the Page 4, I was Honorably discharged (Block 24), I received a RE-2 since I went to the Fleet Reserves (retirement), and that I received a NBE discharge code.

To see what a NBE code is, go to this link:

(Note you must use the older 1900.8c manual since the Navy limited the viewing in the newer 1900.8d)

You can see it was because of Early Retirement.  ie I took the Temporary Early Retirement Authorty  (TERA) that was authorize from 1993 to 1996 because of overmanning.  Woo-hoo, best thing I've ever done!!!!  Got those retirement check at my 18 year point...


So I hope that helps you understand the way to read a DD-214 paper.  Always look for the page 4....

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