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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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USS Jacksonville Families


USS Jacksonville Families

My son is to be deployed for the first time on the submarine The USS Jacksonville. I would love to connect with other moms and or family members of other sailors deploying with my son in April.

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Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2015

Discussion Forum

Help! Plane tickets needed!

Started by feliciamariee24. Last reply by Gina Apr 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Hello Everyone!First off I just wanted to say thank you for all being so welcoming and inviting. I just signed up on this website a few days ago and it's already been such a huge help. I also…Continue

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Retired Army Spouse -- "active duty" Navy Gramma.I need to learn Navy "talk" so I can understand my grandchildren. :)I vividly remember listening to my first Army sm talking to another Army sm and…Continue

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Comment by stangsmom on September 24, 2013 at 8:10am
My son is graduating from prototype on Friday in N.Y. He was picked up for the welding school in Connecticut, however for reasons I'm sure we're all well aware of his school has been "put on hold". He will be shipping out as soon as he gets to Hawaii. Needless to say, this divorced mom of 18 years is going to need a little support once her only child is deployed . . . lol
Comment by cathysubmom on June 19, 2013 at 1:39pm

Yeah!!!! The boys are back home.  My husband and I were able to attend the homecoming ceremony and it was awesome.  I was so proud of all of our sailors!  Hopefully, all of you will get to see your sons very soon.

Comment by FLA Robin ship 12 div 092 on May 2, 2013 at 5:56pm
Hello ladies , does anyone know where I can get the blue acu for my grandson. My son hasn't seen his baby since he was. 2 weeks old. I want them for his homecoming.
Comment by cathysubmom on April 9, 2013 at 2:33pm

Here is a website that I found that I like. then go to history.

Comment by cathysubmom on April 9, 2013 at 1:54pm

I got an email from the ombudsman yesterday saying that we would be hearing from our loved one yesterday. My dil got the call at 5:30 am EST today. The text came to me about the same time but I am 6 hours behind her. I am assuming they just got there. Can we say where they are on this site?

Comment by cathysubmom on April 9, 2013 at 1:46pm

My son called my dil and sent me a text. 

Comment by PikesPeakMom on April 8, 2013 at 8:49am

I am glad we got to Skype with him during that "downtime"  and we do get emails now and then but nothing recently. Its just getting so long. We spent a week in Hawaii last August and got to see things through his eyes. I know they are busy busy. 

Comment by Dodie on April 7, 2013 at 8:41pm

My DIL has also received an email, too. We're looking forward to going out to see them in August.

Comment by cathysubmom on April 7, 2013 at 8:04pm

My d-i-l received an email from our sailor a couple of days ago but it's been a while since I have talked to my son.  I'm missing him too!  We will be hitting the beach as soon as he gets back.  Glad you posted, I've been looking at the site the past few days hoping to talk to someone. 

Comment by PikesPeakMom on April 7, 2013 at 6:38pm

Anybody hear from their sailor lately? We're sure missing our guy. I know he's making a list of places to eat when he does get to come home. I haven't been on this site for awhile, but things being what they are, its still nice to know there are other families out there in the same situation.


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