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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**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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Margaret Higginbotham

What's an Ombudsman and FRG and how to contact them


What's an Ombudsman and FRG and how to contact them

So what are an Ombudsman and a Family Readiness Group, and how do I find mine? Scroll down and read. The websites offered in this group at the official Navy FFSC info and much more. FInding out the Ombudsman info is just one of many things Navy families need to know. Read on!

Location: Navy Wide
Members: 148
Latest Activity: Dec 20, 2018

Discussion Forum

How to locate your sailor's Ombudsman and your Family Readiness Group (FRG)

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom May 24, 2013. 1 Reply

Find your Fleet and Family Support Center

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom May 24, 2013. 0 Replies

Contact Your Ombudsman

Started by deeS. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jun 6, 2011. 1 Reply

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Comment by Rebecca on February 11, 2009 at 1:44am
I suggest for you to call the Fleet and Family Support Center and they will be able to direct you to the OMBUDSMAN for your sons command. (847) 688-3603
Comment by Rebecca on February 11, 2009 at 1:28am
Karla, The OMBUDSMAN can help put you in contact with the command. What I might suggest is having him go and speak with a JAG officer (navy legal), on his options and so he can be advised legally. Not knowing what the situation is with your son and the circumstances to his (involuntary seperation, as it sounds) seperation, that is the only advice I can give you at this time.
Comment by Rebecca on February 8, 2009 at 2:24pm
Good Morning Gail, I suggest that you give the Fleet and Family Service Center a call at 360-396-4115 , and ask for the OMBUDSMANS information for the USS Maine.
Comment by Rebecca on February 7, 2009 at 1:52pm
seanie, usually email works by the sailors last name, then first initial @ whatever the haul number of the ship then dot
for example:
Here is the OMBUDSMANS email address, she can contact the Command Master Chief, and they can get you the email address for your wife
Comment by Rebecca on January 31, 2009 at 12:21pm
Well I hope it gets solved for you! But for security reasons, the OMBUDSMANS are not not allowed to give out dates and times about ships movements in emails or over the phone, unless they are given permission from the command to do so. I hope that whomever is the OMBUDSMAN get in touch with you.
Comment by Rebecca on January 30, 2009 at 1:20am
Is there something that maybe one of us can help you with? Maybe the email address you have is in correct?
Comment by Rebecca on January 6, 2009 at 4:53pm
Well training isn't until February, so i'll let you know.
Comment by Rebecca on January 6, 2009 at 12:13pm
Meg,funny you should mention that. I am heading toa meeting for COMPASS today. I am signing up to become a mentor and teach some classes. I have heard to many good things about it, I just had to check it out.
Comment by Rebecca on January 2, 2009 at 11:33pm
I am the OMBUDSMAN for the Rodney M Davis, as a rule for myself, I only answer questions through the OMBUDSMANS email account. Protects not only myself, but the families as well. General questions on the workings of Navy life are welcomed by me and by our FSG (Family Support Group) As OMBUDSMANS we bring not only the education that we receive, but the experience we have as spouses. I myself was in the Navy and my husband has been in for 17 years. We bring a lot to the table, but we are always learning.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on December 4, 2008 at 9:25am
Great information Margaret. I've just read thru the Gocompass site and book marked it and will check the wives club out too. Love to have materials to reference when the need is there. Like the new avatar!

Short on time today, on my way to GL this afternoon to see our sailor graduation from A school. He is in the same program as Lisa's husband and we have not seen him in eight months!

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