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FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET STARTED:

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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

Events

**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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

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It's important to be on both the Ombudsman list when your sailor is assigned to a ship or command, and also on the FRG list especially when your sailor is deployed.

OMBUDSMAN

The Ombudsman is a volunteer, appointed by the commanding officer, to serve as the official liaison and information link between command leadership and Navy families.   Often there are two comprising an Ombudsman Team.

-  Go to http://www.ombudsmanregistry.org and use the links there to contact your ombudsman, or

-  Search on Facebook (i.e. USS Iwo Jima Ombudsman) and make a friend request with your sailor's name, rate (i.e., E2) rating (occupational specialty), and your relationship.  

FAMILY READINESS GROUP (FRG)  

FRGs are a means of community support and assistance within a Navy unit or ship.  They serve as another means of communication between the command and the sailor's family members. They plan monthly meetings and fun get-togethers during deployment, and most important, plan the events leading up to homecoming.

To locate yours, you can

-  ask your ombudsman for the FRG contact info

-  search Navyformoms.com for a group for your ship or unit, and ask the members 

-  search Facebook to see if the FRG has a page.  When you find it, make a friend request that includes your sponsor's (sailor's) info (rate, rating, and your relationship) and be approved.    

Here's the full description of an Ombudsman from the Navy:  US Navy Ombudsman Program Overview

"The Ombudsman is a volunteer, appointed by the commanding officer, to serve as an information link between command leadership and Navy families. Ombudsmen are trained to disseminate information both up and down the chain of command, including official Department of the Navy and command information, command climate issues, local quality of life (QOL) improvement opportunities, and “good deals” around the community.

They also provide resource referrals when needed. They are instrumental in resolving family issues before the issues require extensive command attention.  The command ombudsman program is shaped largely by the commanding officer’s perceived needs of his/her command. The command ombudsman is appointed by and works under the guidance of the commanding officer who determines the priorities of the program, the roles and relationships of those involved in it, and the type and level of support it will receive."

Good read from Navy Live, the Official Blog of the U.S. Navy:  Ombudsmen Make a Difference in the Lives of Navy Families.

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