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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 Ross

If you have a son/daughter or spouse/partner aboard the USS Ross DDG-71.....This is our spot!

Members: 26
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2017

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Comment by BrianH on November 12, 2014 at 3:05pm

Prayers for all of our ROSS sailors.  Thankfully all made it back safely to the ship.

Comment by channa1 on June 15, 2014 at 6:41am
Thank you all for the information. I got a brief visit before departure. I did not cry!!! I have been reading up on everything I can grasp from the news. Mine also has to get an international card or phone. Not sure how that works. Boy there is a lot of eotion when you child goes off in the world. :)
Comment by BrianH on June 6, 2014 at 10:17pm
Channa1, first for me as well. My son has been on the Ross for a few months. He would call while in port, but we never heard from him while the ship was at sea. He's trying to get an international sim card for his phone, so he can call home when he's on land. Other than that, we'll probably use Skype or something similar to talk to each other.
Comment by channa1 on June 6, 2014 at 7:40pm
My HN is joining the Ross soon... Going to miss her. . So what is the protocol for talking with them while deployed? This is a first for us. .
Comment by dawnl Ship 03 DIV 018 on November 11, 2013 at 2:58pm

Wanna Share a picture of my son on the USS Ross


Comment by BrianH on September 27, 2013 at 12:38am
Hooray! He called this morning to tell his mom Happy Birthday. We talked for a few minutes and he said he's really enjoying it,
Comment by BrianH on September 24, 2013 at 6:55pm
He called, but we were out, and I didn't have my cell with me. (Wasn't expecting him to call while he was out) He didn't leave a message, either....he doesn't like talking to the machine. :(
Comment by dawnl Ship 03 DIV 018 on September 24, 2013 at 5:22pm
BrianH did ur son call u the other day?? They were able to get in phone range and we got a call and he text a few pics
Comment by BrianH on September 24, 2013 at 1:18am
Dawn that is awesome! When Bobby first got to Norfolk, he was told he'd be flying out to the ship. Next morning, they told him he was going out in a RHIB. I was jealous!
Comment by dawnl Ship 03 DIV 018 on September 23, 2013 at 8:57pm
BrianH our boys went out to the Ross together!! David said he got to know an IT guy that he rode out on the RHIB with!!

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