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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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Just received a text from my son!  Won't say where he is, but what makes me nervous is the fact that it didn't come in as an iMessage.  This means he did NOT turn cellular data off!!  Oh lord.  I texted him back and told him to do that.  NOW.  It was worth it just to finally hear from him,  but since I told him that, I haven't heard from him.  :(   I sure do miss that boy.  I'll keep praying for a safe journey for all of our sailors.  <3  Hopefully they all get wifi soon and we all get texts or even facetimes.  :D  Happy Sunday to you all.  

Hi. I guess depe dinv on your cellular.carrier, you can let them know he is out of country. Our company has a add on that for 10.00, he can get unlimited talk/text. My be worth it while he is on land.

Has ANYONE heard anything about mail/boxes, etc.?  My son said he got a box (over a week ago) that was mailed 11/20 from my school (actually only received 2 of the 3 mailed at the same time), and NOTHING from us or his wife, mailed 11/29... He said no one has received anything since then.  ??? Might they be holding it and waiting until Christmas?  Has anyone heard from their sailor that they received mail within the last week or two?

Merry Christmas to all of the moms who, like me, have an empty chair at the dinner table. My God continue to watch over our sailors until they are safe in our hugs again.

Don't forget the deadline to get the extra 25% free minutes for the AT&T ship to shore card is 1/11/16!  And remember they are changing to new cards on 2/1 but any minutes you still have on the old card can still be used.  I put the 800# up above to call to reload ;-)

Hi!  Been a little bit.  Just got an email from my son.... There is a place on the ship that is selling cars.  And guess what, THEY HAVE THE EXACT CAR HE WANTS.  He has 2 or 3 days to decide, then they will be gone.  Anyone have any experience with this?  He said to look up MCIS but I can't find anything like that.  They will take his current vehicle as a trade in and sell him this newer model.  Any quick Help will be appreciated!  

I never would have thought they would be doing this to them while they are on the ship.  He's a 20 yr old who has no experience buying a car, a million miles from home and he has 2 days to decide.  UGH! This kid.  

I heard that they sell motorcycles, too.  I'm fuming about this.   Under what guise is it acceptable to the military to allow these salesmen to profit from deployment status?   What are they thinking??????  Most of them will get something they can't afford, and lose their hard-earned money in the long run.

Just got news from my husband that their captain said their deployment is officially getting extended, weve waited this long we can wait a little longer..
Dang it! Did he happen to allude to how long? Don't break opsec, but just wondering if we're talking weeks or months.
Just weeks! Fingers crossed no additional extensions are made after that.


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