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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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Replies to This Discussion

I will be traveling to VA to see my baby boy sail away.  :(  I can barely type this without starting to cry.  This will be a first for both of us.  Is there anything that I should bring that he may not even know he will need?  I will buy a calling card when I get there to give to him and I told him to download some movies to his laptop.  What about money?  Will he be able to use his debit card while over seas?  So many questions but to be honest I am not even sure what I need to ask.  Any advice will be greatly appreciated.  

Anne - my son said he was going to use his credit card rather than his debit card.  You get more protection from the credit card company than you do on a debit card - especially if there is any fraud involved.  He's still taking his debit card in case he needs to pull out cash for any port visits.....If you haven't done a POA you should consider one......make sure he has all his bills set up for auto pay while he is gone - put phone on military suspension & auto insurance too (if he has a car).  There's a single sailor deployment checklist.  I'll find it & post it...

Enjoy your visit with him - get lots of hugs <3

Thank you BNukeMom!  I sent him the checklist and told him to use his credit card more!  I'm not sure what POA is though.  I am getting a small box of christmas decorations ready to take even though he says he doesn't care.  He may change his mind later when the time actually comes.   I am trying to remember that this is an exciting time and he will be seeing things I could only imagine!  

Thank you for the quick reply!  Our plane leaves tomorrow morning.  Can't wait to see him.  Its going to be a LONG 6-9 months.  

Anne - sorry, the POA is the Power of Attorney.  If your son is a member of NFCU (Navy Federal Credit Union) they will notarize it for free for him (but you need your own form).  Otherwise they should be able to do it on the ship for him in legal. And I think the ship may also have the form.  If not I posted one up above somewhere - and if you can't copy/paste/print it you can send me a PM and I will email it to you.

My son kind of laughed too when I gave him the (very small) box of Christmas decorations, but I told him when Christmas rolls around they'll be happy they have them!  I included 4 strands of battery operated lights too!

Safe travels - enjoy your visit <3

Yeah... I Arrived in Norfolk and am at my son's home... But... BUMMER... he is on DUTY now (so we don't see him today), and he has DUTY again SUNDAY (so he leaves right from duty and we won't see him after Saturday)... BUT... the good news is, we're here.  Having Thanksgiving celebration meal tomorrow, then Birthday and Christmas on Saturday.  So happy we can be here.  I will take whatever pictures they will let me on base and will post them on this site for those who could not come.  I will represent my friends.  

WooHoo - glad you made it there safely BoomMom!  Have fun - enjoy his birthday, Thanksgiving & Christmas!

Looking forward to pictures ;-)

Hi.... My son is on the HT as well.. I would love to see any photos you have.. I wanted to be there but once the sailors are on the ship, they cant get off.. So there was no way to get me on the base. Im worried about the Middle East activity... :(
Whats going on with the Christmas ornaments? I need to get with the program... thanks..



Deployment Support Handbook


Does anyone know how they will handle filing their 2015 tax returns?  I asked my son when we were there last month but he didn't know....


Let's put together mailing tips and tricks and ideas for care packages.

Here's the link to the "Care Package Ideas" group on N4M too.

Here's the link for the USPS "If it fits, it ships".


Make sure your sailor has you set up to receive the FRG newsletter:

Your sailor will need to email a request from his/her CVN75 account with the following:

-Sailor's rate & department

-Sailor's PRD date

-Family member's name, email and relationship

-Family member's city of residence

Requests should be sent to:

Both the Sailor and family member should receive a confirmation 1-3 days after the request is received.

***Remember dates cannot be shared in any public forum.  The FRG CAN NOT/WILL NOT share any info with you if you are not on the email list.  This is for your Sailor's protection.

Thank you Sooo much for the frg email info!  I just emailed my son and told him to email them my email address from his navy email.  That makes me so happy!  I was so worried because he is horrible at keeping in touch.  

Thanks again!!  :)


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