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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.


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for anyone that has a loved one aboard the USS Kauffman

Location: norfolk,va
Members: 14
Latest Activity: Nov 22, 2013

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Comment by dcharles02 on August 22, 2013 at 9:29am
Hi Rhonda
My son said that the belt buckle is sold on the ship.
Comment by dcharles02 on August 8, 2013 at 8:58am
Yes my son is on the Kauffman
Comment by Ruth, Gun's Mom on October 14, 2011 at 11:04am

Good morning, Moms!  I am joining you because of the young man standing beside me in the picture with the recruiters in Moline, IL.  When he left for boot camp one of the recruiters asked that the Navy Moms around here adopt this recruit and write to him.  He has only been in the country for a year from Africa, graduated from HS here, and immediately joined the Navy.  His mom had gone back to Africa while he was in boot, so no one was going to write him.  Well, we took care of that!  He's home for a week before joining the fleet on the Kauffman.  His mom is back here now, but we other Navy moms are not giving him up either!  Next week we're planning a send off at the airport for him. 

My own son is an instructor at Great Lakes now, but will be back in Norfolk next spring at Little Creek.  He's been in for seven years, was on the Roosevelt, then an IA (individual augmentee) in Afghanistan before going to Great Lakes. 

Comment by proudmom7 on August 27, 2011 at 9:18pm
I haven't heard anything, but I talked to my son before they went out and he said they were told they probably wouldn't have any internet (so no emails) or cell phone service.  I sent an email anyway the other night, but it came back undeliverable. 
Comment by lteubl on August 27, 2011 at 9:10pm

my son is home on leave right now and we are anxiously awaiting hurricaine Irene - it should hit here by tonight (in NY) - it is raining like crazy now and the winds should be here soon - he probably would have been better off on the ship!


Comment by lteubl on May 31, 2011 at 4:41pm

 I am sure he got to do some fun things, everyone seemed to have a good deal of liberty. Your son either left his phone in Norfolk or forgot his charger - hence the dead phone.

Comment by lteubl on May 31, 2011 at 3:46pm
My son had a great time. It was a little different for him because he was coming home. He got to hang out with his friends and then we went for drinks and dinner in the city. He did at least one day of "tourist things". I think all the sailors had a great time. The weather here was picture perfect and everyone was thanking them, buying them drinks and taking pictures of them. I think fleet week was success!
Comment by lteubl on May 26, 2011 at 8:02pm
I heard about the marine, it was so sad. I live right outside NYC (in the suburbs) so it is not far to go into Manhattan.
Comment by lteubl on May 25, 2011 at 7:12pm
Will do, Rhonda!
Comment by lteubl on May 25, 2011 at 3:52pm
I am Linda T and I will be going into the city at some time this weekend to see my sailor, most likely on Saturday.

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