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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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




USS Howard DDG 83  Moms

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Latest Activity: Jun 24, 2016

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Comment by Stef on June 24, 2016 at 12:57pm

Yup, they should be getting there soon if not already. I hate not hearing from them! Bleh.

Comment by Lea Carlies Mom on June 24, 2016 at 10:32am
Hi to all Navy moms my daughter should be cranking on the way to Hawaii...missing her already
Comment by bethannehertweck on June 10, 2014 at 10:24pm

Thank you Paige. My daughter posted to me today that she was welcomed into Neptunes Kingdom as she became a Shellback. 6 months to shake off the pollywog seemed long to me :)

Comment by Sharon on June 3, 2014 at 8:39pm

Thank you

Comment by 04harleyswife on May 22, 2014 at 11:40am
I'm not sure what all I can post on here but I will say my son didnt like the last port and they are now some where new in port.
Comment by Maria on May 14, 2014 at 12:51pm

To 04harleyswife,

A warm "hi" 

welcome from me :^)- (Charles'smom)

Comment by 04harleyswife on May 14, 2014 at 12:44pm
So far so good. The ship just got underway and the rocking is making him sleepy. Lol. He said that the food is not that good but he could stand to loose some weight.
Comment by 04harleyswife on May 14, 2014 at 9:11am
My son flew out May 2 to join the ship. Just wanted to say hi to all the moms
Comment by Maria on May 3, 2014 at 12:42pm

On difficult times - hope they have one another. My son is a very caring,loyal, compassionate person . (Charles mom)

Comment by ProudNavyMomNanette on April 9, 2014 at 5:37pm

Hi Everyone!

Attached is the link to the March Dragon Times. Hope you all are enjoying this Spring weather.




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