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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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mothers and family members of sailors stationed on USS GERMANTOWN.

Members: 36
Latest Activity: Feb 3, 2019

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Comment by Hawkeye Mom on June 29, 2012 at 10:03am
ENMom, Welcome to the group. My sailor left for the Germantown almost a year ago. It seems to just fall in place for them. They work very hard. Long hours and lots of travel.
Comment by Hawkeye Mom on June 29, 2012 at 9:55am
Battle buddy, have a wonderful time. I wish that I was tagging along. My sailor maybe visiting the states before year end. Take pictures.
Comment by battlebuddy on June 29, 2012 at 12:17am

I am leaving to visit my son who is on the Germantown this Sunday July 1st. I will be able to give you more of a "hands on" description when I return on the 14th. From what I have been told its a very small town that is not as "cool" as Tokyo. Josh has been there a little over a year now and he isn't crazy about Sasebo. He was sent to Yokosuka for training and loved Tokyo, but remember he is 21, so he like all the fast pace and happening places. Sasebo sounds pretty awesome to me, but I will be able to let you know very soon! 


Comment by ENMomJapan@8-12(Pat) on June 26, 2012 at 9:24pm

My son will be joining the USS Germantown this summer. I would like to know more about life aboard this ship.

Comment by dustysmom on May 12, 2012 at 8:18pm

Welcome Aboard, Barb!  Glad your here.  I'm in the Kansas City area.  Your posts reminds me when we took Dustin to the airport on 9/11 last year.  (not the date I would have chosen to send my 18 year old overseas, but he arrived just fine) Dustin isn't the most outgoing and is very young too.  But the boys of the Germantown took him under their wings (especially Cory)  And now he has life long friends.  Your sailer sounds much more established in the Navy.  He will do great.  Another mom in my small town and I compare notes.  Her son is stationed in VA, but his times at sea sound much more 'tense'  than the Germantown's as far as I can tell. 


Comment by ProudGMBarb on May 11, 2012 at 5:47pm

We just got back from seeing Christian off at the airport. He was upbeat and looking forward to his next adventure, so that kind of made it a bit easier to say goodbye.  At least I keep telling myself that! lol. Soon he'll get a taste of what the Navy is really all about. I don't think they can really tell for sure whether they like it or not when they are just going to school. It's off to the fleet for him now. And its off to go shopping for take my mind off missing him!

Comment by ProudGMBarb on May 8, 2012 at 6:11am

CorysNavyMom...thanks for the FB friend request.  Just curious...when was your son's PIR?  Our sailor's was on 1/14/11.  He was at GL for just about one year, then San Diego and Norfolk.

Does your son like being on the Germantown?  

Comment by ProudGMBarb on May 8, 2012 at 5:16am

battlebuddy and CorysNavyMom....Hi! Thank you for the welcome!

Yes, I'd love to join you on FB. Please send a friend request. My name on FB is Sharandee Barb.

And, yes...I'm grandma! Our sailor is really more like a son to us...he lived with us for some time, and he is very very special to us. He is 20 years old. He is looking forward to finally joining the fleet and being able to start doing his job as an ET. Of course, we know there will be some cranking first!

Would have posted earlier today, but we're trying to get in as much time with him before he leaves on Friday. It will be hard to say goodbye this time, since it will be for a longer period of time.

Well, it's late...after 2AM here, so good night ladies. Looking forward to chatting on FB. I have some questions!

Comment by skyesmom on May 7, 2012 at 5:12pm

I am in Grand Rapids

Comment by CorysNavyMom (Ship 11 Div 243) on May 7, 2012 at 3:24pm
Where abouts in Michigan? We are between Brighton and Ann Arbor.

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