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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 Key West Families

This group is for anyone who currently has or has had a sailor on the USS Key West.

Members: 12
Latest Activity: Sep 13, 2018

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Comment by ArchyMom on September 13, 2018 at 1:56pm

I hope all families on Guam are safe, after the typhoon. I heard it was a scramble for some of the KW sailors to fly home to assist their families. Fair Winds...

Comment by ArchyMom on April 7, 2018 at 12:26am

A Steel Picnic, huh? Sounds like a nice break.

Thanks for the tips. I've been bracing for the long periods without much communication but I have a feeling there's nothing like experiencing it. I expect it is lonely. We get to have our son home for two weeks the end of this month before he flies to Guam, so I'm going to enjoy the time we have together.

Comment by Tx Mom of Far Away Nuke on April 6, 2018 at 8:05am

ArchyMom - When the sub is in Guam, the time difference is a challenge.  They are about 16 hours ahead of us.  When they are underway, you can go around 5 months without hearing from them.  I would recommend joining instagram and following subspotr.  Subspotr posts pictures of subs entering and leaving port.  It can give you a heads up that your son might be in port somewhere, which is the best opportunity for you to get a call.  I sleep with my cell phone now to try not to miss calls.  If your son calls when he can, that's up to him.  There's another time when you might get a call.  Sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, they might bring the sub up to the surface for a Steel picnic.  The submariners get to swim in the ocean and get some sun on their faces.  I wish you the best!  It's lonely waiting for a call.

Comment by ArchyMom on April 5, 2018 at 3:54pm

Hi Tx Mom of Far Away Nuke!

Our son is not Nuke. He's FT. 

How is it with a submariner son? We are not a military family, so although our son is older we are new to this. Is there much communication?

Comment by Tx Mom of Far Away Nuke on April 5, 2018 at 3:47pm

Welcome ArchyMom!  There isn't alot of activity in here but there is elsewhere on Navy Moms.  Nuke Moms I think is pretty busy.  My son joined Key West over 2 years ago.  Time flies!

Comment by ArchyMom on April 5, 2018 at 2:58pm

Son will be joining Key West soon.

Comment by Annette on July 22, 2014 at 12:34am

Hey LaxDogsMom! I recall seeing your name somewhere! PIR 8/2/13? Sailor graduated A school 6/19 then surprised us all when I woke to find him sleeping on our couch 6/21! We had him for almost 2 1/2 weeks, it was so nice. He said he walked beside the float they had in the liberation day parade yesterday (well, the 21st which is today for us now!). He got to throw candy to the kids, said he had fun! Their float was a submarine with holes in the sides, from which they squirted water. The boat is currently elsewhere.

Comment by LaxDogsMom on July 21, 2014 at 2:01am

Hi Annette.  I think our sons have been together since, perhaps, BC?  My son graduates Groton A School on 7/24 and will be home for a couple of weeks before he leaves for Guam and the USS Key West.  I'll be keeping an eye on this page. 

Comment by Annette on July 8, 2014 at 6:09pm

Hmm. No activity here since 2010? Key West is now stationed in Guam, and my son is in flight to Guam via Hawaii. Is anyone following this page?

Comment by Sash on July 5, 2010 at 4:09pm
Hi everyone my name is Sasha. My fiancee just got based in Pearl Harbor and is on the USS Key West

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