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



Understanding Active Duty College Benefit and Post 9/11 GI Bill


Understanding Active Duty College Benefit and Post 9/11 GI Bill

I am a college professor and my son has asked me to help his fellow sailors understand the different options for higher education.  I created this group to answer questions related to higher education choices while on active duty and beyond.

Members: 25
Latest Activity: Dec 30, 2018

Discussion Forum

Best way to start/complete a degree while serving

Started by cmcurran Jul 23, 2013. 0 Replies

I was recently asked by a Mom how should her son go about starting and possible completing a degree while serving?  She told me her son was looking at online programs that advertise heavily to…Continue

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Comment by MyLAS (My Lips are SEALed) on February 24, 2014 at 7:57pm

Just found out today that indeed there is NO tuition assistance for those with an undergrad degree.  My sailor had wanted to take a few courses to add to his B.S. to finish another degree (adding some breadth to his degree). NOPE.. Thank you, Navy

Comment by Sierrascrapper (ETN2) on February 17, 2014 at 9:21pm
This website might be helpful to sailors who are looking for what kind of credits they may receive based on their training in the Navy also. Our recruiter passed this website along to us when my son first became interested.
Comment by MyLAS (My Lips are SEALed) on December 8, 2013 at 7:51pm

How can I find out about the Virtual College?  Also, is there any truth to the rumor that our sailors can only take 5 classes a year  on the GI BIll?

Comment by cmcurran on October 23, 2013 at 10:32am

According to my son, there is an office on base but there can still be some confusion.  The Navy has been more diligent in screening schools but still some of the programs look accredited and they are not.  It is still a buyer beware market.  The benefits are also a bit confusing since there are a variety of programs available.  Given the questions my son asks me on behalf of his friends I started this group.  There is a lot of collective wisdom in lesson learned.

Comment by CO-TwinSalorsMom on October 23, 2013 at 9:58am
Oh now I get the no boobs Elvira
Comment by CO-TwinSalorsMom on October 23, 2013 at 9:56am
I will be learning and taking notes here for my twins. Aren't the sailors given this info already?
Comment by cmcurran on September 29, 2013 at 4:29pm

The TA program and the GI Bill are separate programs.  You can use both but it is important to understand there are limits on both and the excellent links posted alert you to those limitations.  Especially for the GI Bill if you use it at one school then drop out it is gone so be sure you are ready to commit to finishing a degree under the GI Bill if you start one.  TA is a bit different but if you want to build toward a degree then be sure you use an accredited program and take the courses that are foundational to your degree.  Most schools will allow transfer of between 45 and 60 hours depending on the program but those credits must be from an accredited program.  There are also ways to get credit for various military training so it is important to track everything.

Many schools now have the Veterans office that can explain any extra benefits on top of GI Bill benefits available in that State.  I know many schools are waiving certain fees for veterans, again it is school by school so call or email to get the information you need.

Comment by MyLAS (My Lips are SEALed) on September 10, 2013 at 6:34am has an ad today about using tuition assistance before you lose it.  The ad says that 4500. is avaialble for tuition assistance.  Can you help me understand these benefits?  Do they get the TA in addition to the GI Bill?

Also, what would be the maximum they would get for the GI bill?

Comment by Navymom21 on March 12, 2013 at 6:32pm

Does the Navy offer any help to Sailors who have graduated and have their degree to pay back their federal loans?


Comment by cmcurran on February 6, 2013 at 8:35pm

It is a crucial website to visit for any Naval personnel looking for higher education opportunities.  Just remember to also contact local public Universities to see what benefits are available to active duty and veterans.  Most schools now have dedicated personnel serving the needs of military students.


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