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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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I just wanted to give you guys a heads up. I started sending the ribbon orders out that many of you ordered so if you placed an order for ribbons to wear to PIR to show your support for your soon to be Sailor be watching you mail, it is stalking time lol. Also, I added a great questionnaire to the discussions and you will want to check it out. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the questionnaire. Thanks so much for the ribbon orders. If anyone has any questions at all just send me a friend request or message on this site or an email to  :-) LaLa
Hi Lala, Could you please fill me in on the ribbon order? I don't know anything about it. Thanks for your questionnaire. I've sent my daughter a few different ones over the past couple of weeks.

Hi Paul, just send me a friend request and I will send you all the info needed to place an order. This group still has plenty of time to order and receive ribbons before they leave for PIR. You can also send me an email to:

The ribbons are a great way to show your pride and support for your Sailor. They also make it easy to recognize other members of Navy for Moms and they make a great keepsake. They are not frilly and are suitable for men as well. I have had lots of Dads who were very happy to wear them. Let me know if you have any questions at all. You can see pics on my page on this site and if you have facebook I have even more pics on that site. Thanks

Hi my daughter is scheduled to graduate on the 18th and I have just recently joined the site. Would be interested in placing an order for 5 ribbons as well. Not sure how to contact you? Not that great with computers.... Thanks

Lala, I didn't know anything about the ribbon order. can I please order 3 ribbons. Can you email me with details. Like what info do you need and how do I pay you for them. Thank you for doing this if you can - Dawn
cmhs, see the comment above and send me a friend request or message if you haven't already. You can order as many as you would like. I accept checks, money orders, and PayPal. Thanks so much, talk soon, Lora
Has anyone heard anything about when Battlestations might be? If you do please message me the date :)
I just got my daughter's letter and it said they go 2 days before graduation. I don't know if that's when they start or finish. That's really late. I'll be in Chicago on 11/16.

That is late. Thanks :)

I got a letter from my daughter today and it said she can't receive letters after the 10th her next phone call home will be the 17th. So I was a little confused on the time frame. If ya'll hear anything please let me know and I will do the same.

cmhs, I just returned from a trip and my daughter had sent 3 letters, dated Oct 23/24/25, Oct 27 and Nov. 1. She never mentioned anything about not receiving mail after the 10th in any of her letters/ In her last one she asked me to send her contacts for PIR. However, in lieu of your post, I'm a little worried that she may not receive them since today is the 7th. Did you hear any thing else? What was the date of your daughter's letter?


She wrote the letter on Nov. 3rd. I have not gotten another letter from her, but if I hear anything I will let you know. Do ya'll know the date that battle stations is going to start. I know the call will be the 17th.


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