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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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As we prepare for the upcoming deployment let's use this as a place to discuss any questions we may have.


Dates may only be discussed AFTER they have happened.

Here's the shipping info.  Remember you will need the specific box # from your Sailor.  ****THIS IS A NEW ADDRESS****

There have been questions from some about seeing the ship off - where's the best location, can they get on the pier?  Anyone know?

Make sure your sailor gets a "Ship to Shore" AT&T calling card.  They can be purchased on the ship and can be reloaded.  You will need the pin # from the card.  Call 1.800.569.2018 to reload - minimum $25.  ***UPDATE 12/29/15*** AT&T will be issuing new cards as of 2/1/16.  You can continue to use any minutes you have on your old card after that date, but you will NOT be able to reload that card after 2/1/16.  Also, until 1/11/16 if you reload your card they are giving 25% more minutes for FREE!

Here's the link to the USPS "Click & Ship".  You can get free boxes/tape etc. from them too.

And here's a link for tips on sending care packages:


Job well done! And a big shout out to all the families too - BZ!

Video of the Homecoming posted on Stars & Stripes (taken by the Virginian Pilot)

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Also, here are the Holiday deadlines for mailing. We fall into the first group - FPO 095.

I am new to Navy for Moms.  Thank you so muc h for all the information!!!  

Welcome Angie!  And you are welcome for the info, I just hope those that know more about deployments than I do will share too ;-)  This is definitely a learning process.

Yes ma'am.  All information is useful!! :)

Thank you B'nukemom...all this info helped me when I talked to my sailor today.  Love the great info, keep it coming! I appreciate this site sooooo much.  I am new to this deployment stuff, and all the into I can get helps.  

My Sailor's cell phone will be put on Military suspension.  Does anyone know if they will have WiFi on the ship so he can email, Facebook or Skype?

How will they use the calling card?  Do they have phone available to them?

Thanks for all the information.  I'm very new at this too.

My sailor is also putting his phone on military suspension.  He said when they get to ports they should be able to use wifi if they can find it (in shops/restaurants).  He told us to email him as often as we want & then whenever they get service he will try to respond (from the ship).  There are phones available on ship but they do have to use the ship to shore calling cards.  This is our first time too so I'm anxious to see how it all works out!

Also, is anyone going to see the ship depart?  If so, will you video it and post?  I can't be there.  Thanks.


If you haven't gotten a Power of Attorney for your sailor you should really think about it. (Unless of course they have a spouse who will be able to handle things.) 

Navy Federal Credit Union will notarize it for free if your sailor has an account there.

(I couldn't figure out how to post just the link and my file was a PDF.  Hopefully you can copy/paste it or you can PM me and then I can email it to you if you can't find one elsewhere.)

I'm hoping there will be a lot of suggestions on places to see the ship leave. From what I understand you will need a military ID to get on base. Our sailors will have a curfew The night before so they can't get you on base.
I've heard Ft. Monroe is a great place to see the ship leave.

I found this link for Ft. Monroe - has directions, etc.

Hope this helps!


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