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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 - 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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




Ship Shape Up!

Want to be in better shape? Let's share diet/exercise tips . . .

Members: 131
Latest Activity: Aug 2, 2014

Walking Across America - one step at a time:)!

August 20, 2009
Keep up the good work . . .

I'd like to encourage everyone to continue posting any walking you do in the "Walk Across America" discussion . . . every step we take is one step closer to our virtual visits:)!

WHOO HOO Ladies . . . I just finished totaling up our miles to date and WOW!!!!!
Total through 8/31 . . . 1,891 miles . . . just 400 more miles between me and Norfolk - where sailor son is:)!
Together we can achieve GREAT things:)!

Where will our miles take you?


Discussion Forum

3-Day Breast Cancer 60 Mile Walk

Started by MeLinda. Last reply by Joyce Tucson Mom Jun 12, 2009. 42 Replies

2009 3-Day Breast Cancer Cities & Dates

Started by MeLinda. Last reply by MeLinda Aug 11, 2008. 4 Replies

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Comment by Bri.SubWife on June 22, 2011 at 7:08pm

hello everyone! i am making a military cookbook with a friend of mine down here. we made a facebook page - so feel free to go "like" it!! make sure you read the info section, and send in your submissions to!


the recipes you submit has to be all your own, BUT if you have one you love and found in a cookbook or on a website you are more than welcome to post it on the page - directions are under the info section as well!! thanks!!

Comment by SubWife2010 on February 8, 2011 at 11:10pm
Hello I started Weight Watchers points plus about 5 weeks ago and have lost 15 lbs and still losing I am excited and just wanted to share!
Comment by B mom of S on April 24, 2009 at 7:32pm
Hi All,

Just findining another group. This one looks pretty good. Do a fair amount of walking, kickboxing, and weight training. There are days when neither the mind nor the body is willing. I know, I know.... Take the body the mind will follow. My son goes to Annapolis July 1st, and the thought of having my picture taken with the extra pounds is gut wrenching. Need lots of help and support, and I have been blessed with all my other groups too!

Walked the mountain today with a friend 2.5 miles 1 mile @ 22% grade.... Sure I will psych myself out by tomorrow. UGH!
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on January 5, 2009 at 3:40pm
Oh, Tami, I don't know where to start thanking you! You have some wonderful ideas and very HEALTHY ideas. When my son arrived on his ship he decided it was time to take his health a little more seriously.
So far he's cut out fat and sugar. He loves salmon, chicken and vegetables and I think is probably eating okay on the ship. His downfall is sunflower seeds. But I think he could have a worse food habit than seeds. I worry about the salt. He also loves organic popcorn (he prefers it made in a pot...); SlimJims (full of chemicals and preservatives??? He says everyone on the ship gets nuts so he's had his fill of them! I wish he'd try some fresh almonds....

Are you using the "military kits" that USPS provides to us for free? The kit includes boxes, labels, customs form and the label that you put the custom form in along with a huge roll of tape. All these boxes are flat rate, which means you can load them up with cans and then tape the heck out of it.
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on January 5, 2009 at 7:57am
I'm laying in bed with flu and haven't eaten for two days. So I jumped up this morning and weighed in. Down another 2 lbs. Yeah for the flu!

Now the truth. I almost had to go to the hospital last night because I have asthma and the flu can be dangerous for me. But the anitbiotics kicked in right away and hopefully I'll be back down to the club working out by the end of the week!!

Thanks for all your support! It means so much.
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on January 4, 2009 at 1:01pm
Welcome to NavyforMoms Tami!
What a wonderful asset you will be to our group! Wow! I'm just overwhelmed.
My son is serving on the USS Ramage in the Gulf and is requesting healthy snack and food items. Please share what you sending your son. I'd love to have some fresh ideas!
Welcome again and it's great to have you here.
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on January 3, 2009 at 10:18pm
I woke up one day (it was the day after Matt left) and decided food was no longer my best friend. I cut out most fat and all sugar. Instead of a dinner plate, I use a saucer for portion control. I use my smallest dessert bowls for cereal.
Don't get me wrong, it was hard at the beginning. When I see my 290 lb. hubby eating a whole bag of chips, I remind myself of how much fat he's eating and then I go dig up something healthy. The secret is planning. You have to have good food on hand ALL the time. No letting yourself starve. Here in Tucson, the dietician at my hospital offers her services for free. We have exchanged email addresses and if I need to know something about preparing a dish, she's right there.
We just returned from San Diego and I ate out for 5 days in a row. I would order a salad or soup and then taste everyone else's food. Worked out well for me.
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on January 3, 2009 at 9:58pm
When Matt left for Boot Camp last February, I weighed in at 252. I'm down to 197. The support in here is crazy!
Comment by MeLinda on January 3, 2009 at 9:13pm
Ok all Navy Moms this will be my will be my 5th year participating in the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk and there is a group here call 2009 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. We have two teams right now, 1 is in Seattle (Team Captain Joyce) and I have the team for the DFW area. I am looking for all Navy Moms, Dads, Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles and all others to join me in Dallas-Ft. Worth in Nov 2009. The registration is $90 per person. If you walk you also commit to raising $2300. If you crew you are not required to raise money, but we encourage crew to raise at least $300. If you want to crew you will need to register ASAP as we are close to our goal for crew and once closed that is it.

I would also love to see Navy For Moms teams in all event cities. See the group for the list or at for the list of event cities. If you decide to start a team in another event city, please call the team - (city) and send me the links to your personal page and the team page to be added to the group.

Both of the current teams are listed below. If you have any questions please contact me at

Here are the links for the two team, along with the personal pages for the team captains.

As new teams are formed for other cites, I will post the links here. Two down, thirteen more to go. If your are interested in starting a team in one of the other event cities, register at
Indicate you are the team captain, name the team - of city)
email the link to the team page and your personal page to and I will add to this posting

If anyone has questions or needs help, please let me know.

Seattle - - Team Captain - Joyce
Personal Page -

DFW - - Team Captain - MeLinda
Personal Page -
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on January 3, 2009 at 1:13pm
This is the first time in my longggggg life I've not gained during the holidays. I started a diet last August and luckily, it's become a habit now. Over the holidays instead of taking a regular size dinner plate, I used a large saucer. That really helps in portion control. After Christmas hubby and my brother and SIL all went to San Diego. Of course we ate out for all our meals. I would order soup or salad and taste everyone's else's food. Worked out great!

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