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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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Is this the official address for all sailors on the Truman?  I ask only because my son had given me another address.  I don't know which to use.  I've already sent a Thanksgiving box and he may not receive it.  I have a birthday box that needs to go out.  Please, someone help.  thanks.  Momma Bear

Yeahhhh.  Just got a call from my sailor.  No electronics yet but he was able to get a call out.  He said they just sailed past "somewhere he had been before."  So, I knew where they were without him saying a word (which he would not have done anyway).  He got my Thanksgiving box today (after being at 2 post offices today with one telling me the box had been sent back to the other... guess not).  He said it was the first time mail had been distributed since deployment.  And he said the cookies were still good.  That's amazing.  Maybe he'd eat anything from home and say it's good.  So, here's hoping all you mom's are contacted soon.

Woohoo BoomMom - glad you got a call!  And even more glad that the box made it!!!

this address is not the one my son gave me for the Truman.  How new is this address?

Julie - this is the most current address for the Truman.  I am hearing that it is different though if your sailor is squadron....How long ago did your son give you the address?

My daughter is in a squadron attached to the Truman and has a different address.  I questioned this at first also, but now I know the address she gave me was correct because she said she got her first box :-)

My son (nuke) said he had thawed mozzarella sticks and a beef roll for T-giving.  Yet has a pic of CNO serving up turkey?  What have you heard :)  :)

My husband told me the CNO was indeed serving turkey, but he works nights so he missed out on the good stuff!

Thanks!  According to the CNO's FB page, he wasn't scheduled to go the nukes, but did, because that was his background in the Navy. :)

I just received an email from my sailor.  He sounded good.  He finally got his own email address.  He had a good Thanksgiving.  He has been working out everyday.  I am so proud.

WooHoo - glad he finally got his email ;-)  Nice to hear he is doing well - makes you feel better, right?!

Yes, thanks.  I hope he can continue to email me every chance he gets. 

I really appreciate all the posts you add.  I really need all the help and encouragement. 

Thanks again.


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