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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 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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RS (Retail Services Specialist), formerly SH (Ship's Serviceman) Moms and Others


RS (Retail Services Specialist), formerly SH (Ship's Serviceman) Moms and Others

Retail Services Specialists (RS), formerly known as Ship's servicemen (SH), are responsible for managing and operating all shipboard retail and service activities. These include the ship's store, vending machines, video games, barber shops, laundry and tailor shops. They play a large role in the morale of the ship.

The duties performed by RSs include:

  • managing and operating retail and service activities afloat;
  • procuring and receiving ship's store stock;
  • maintaining financial records and accounting systems;
  • maintaining inventory and procurement databases;
  • managing and operating ship's barber shops;
  • serving as cash collections agents;
  • operating and maintaining vending and cash collection machines;
  • managing and operating ship's laundry and tailor shops

Read more at .


Members: 21
Latest Activity: Mar 22

Discussion Forum

"C" school -- shipboard barber

Started by Valtameri Sep 28, 2013. 0 Replies

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- At Naval Station Norfolk's Center for Service and Support (CSS), instructors of the shipboard barber "C" school provide training on the basic fundamentals of barbershop…Continue

SH "A" School

Started by Valtameri. Last reply by Valtameri Sep 28, 2013. 1 Reply

SH "A" school is approximately four weeks long.The school is located in Meridian, MS.Continue

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Comment by Valtameri on March 22, 2021 at 4:14pm

Welcome to the group, Starfire!

Comment by LadyBluefire on February 29, 2020 at 9:00pm

Valtameri - I hope they enjoy it also. Yes I homeshooled all my SRs and my youngest is in 6th grade. 2 SRs graduated in 2017 and 2 SRs graduate this year. - well I guess only 1 is an SR and the other 3 are Future Sailors.... lol

Comment by Valtameri on February 28, 2020 at 8:50pm

I hope they enjoy what they have chosen!

I just read on another group that you are a homeschooling family; we are too!

Comment by LadyBluefire on February 28, 2020 at 2:24pm

Yes, they are both colorblind so that limited their choices and one chose RS and the other wanted LS but job choices what they were LS was not available. My oldest son wanted to be MA and the other RS wanted to be MC. Photography is his passion but alas the colorblindness hindered them.
I encouraged oldest to join as MU but he doesn't read sheet music - he plays by ear and at that time he wasn't interested in the Navy but since swearing in he has become gung ho but does not regret not trying to be a drummer in the fleet band.

Comment by Valtameri on February 27, 2020 at 10:23pm

Hello LadyBlue! Yes, the group is quiet, but sometimes when people see activity, they join in too. So you have two who are RS, interesting!

Comment by LadyBluefire on February 27, 2020 at 5:20pm

Thanks for the welcome and the youtube link - I shared that with my 2 sons who are in RS.
I was nervous when I joined t his group as it seems rather stagnant.

Comment by Valtameri on February 26, 2020 at 11:11pm

Welcome LadyBluefire!

Comment by Valtameri on February 26, 2020 at 10:49pm
Comment by Valtameri on February 26, 2020 at 10:42pm
Comment by LeAnn ⚖ on June 11, 2018 at 10:47am

Have no clue on the average wait time - given there are SRs that have set backs in BC, it is a waiting game!  All things happen in good Navy time!  If the time were "too long" and they need to get the SHs going, I would imagine they go with the group they have to start classes and get the SHs off to the duty stations in need.


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