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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 have had a lot of requests for the directions on how to make a scrapbook in a box so I am posting it here to share with all of you. There is a discussion going on my facebook page about this so be sure and check it our on my page Unique Memory Makers If you would like to purchase one already made and ready for you to add pictures let me know I will tell you where you can get them. Thanks, Lora

Scrapbook in a box…                   

Step 1….. Take a 12x12 sheet of cardstock (this will be the base of the box) and cover it with patterned paper or random stamp the paper. Then score the inside (the blank side) of the paper at 4" on all four sides. Cut four corner squares to make a "cross" with your sheet of paper.
**Tip** It is easier to glue the pattern paper to your cardstock first so that you can cut both pieces of paper at the same time.

Step 2….. Take your second sheet of paper and cut it to an 11x11 size. Now score the corners of this paper at 3 3/4". Again cut the four corners to make your "cross".

Step 3….. Cut the third sheet of paper to a 10 x 10 size and score the corners at 3 1/2" and cut your four corners.

Step 4…. Next embellish your individual pages and glue on the photo mats. Your squares will be scored to make them easy to fold. Decorate the pages before you assemble your album.

Step 5…. Layer the pages on top of each other starting with the largest (12 x 12) on bottom, then stack in order of size. Glue each layer in the middle only so that the pages can be flipped and pictures or embellishments can be adhered on both sides. Once the box is assembled it will be to decorate and add photographs. You can use your own photos or give a blank album as a gift and let the recipient add their photos to complete the scrapbook.

Step 7…. Fold the four sides of the paper up into a box and top it off with an embellished lid. You will be left with a 4 x 4 mini-scrapbook box.

Scrapbook-in-a-box lid instructions:

With your 4th piece of cardstock you can make a lid for the scrapbook-in-a-box mini-album. Cut the paper into an 8 x 8 square. Then, score it at 1 7/8" on all four sides. Next, cut one side of each corner so that it leaves a flap of paper to tuck in when you fold the lid together. You may want to decorate your lid before you form it and glue it together. Once you have completed your album then fold up the sides of your box and place the lid on top.

Tips…. Save the squares you cut out and use them to make layered photo mats, journal blocks or tags.  Paper flowers, buttons, chipboard and other 3-D objects make wonderful lid embellishments. (in the picture a large paper flower lined with stitched ribbon was used)

The sides of the lid can be lined with paper strips (use up your paper scraps) or ribbon. Adhesive backed ribbon works well.



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lol, I did that with my kids SS cards as well. They didn't sign them until they were teenagers and went to find a job. Now everyone is grown, time sure does fly....


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