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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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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



Heads at Ease pillowcase project - our motto is: ALL OR NONE Discussions (79)

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UPDATED Pillowcase Instructions

Pillowcase Instructions Selecting Fabric: There are so many wonderful choices out there for fabrics but care does need to be used when sele…

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Guam is football theme

Our contact in Guam posted this information today. I had asked for it and she really came thru. I currently have on hand fabric for: packer…

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Mailing label

Here is the Heads at Ease mailing label: When we mail pillowcases to our "own" groups (not one of Molly's adopted groups), use this label…

Started by DC - G'mother of My Fav Sailor

64 Dec 18, 2019
Reply by JustMom

2018 groups

Hospice Veterans       12 USS Iwo Jima           2,800  DONE AF unit                      50 Hospice Veterans         6 + 8 lap quilts Mari…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

2 May 6, 2018
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2017 Misc groups

160     USS Texas                    Done 408     USS Lake Champlain     Done 353     USS Michael Murphy      Done 70       OH National Gua…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

13 Aug 7, 2017
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USS Wasp, USS San Antonio, USS Whidbey Island

We mailed over 2,00 pillowcases to the USS Wasp, which is carrying the 22nd MEU, another Marine unit. As always, we will mail until we are…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

23 Mar 19, 2017
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

2016 Misc Groups

Every year we send to smaller groups and I post about them in this thread.  The 1st for this year is an Army group which we did in memory o…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

18 Mar 19, 2017
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New custom forms

As of June 3, 2016, the custom form for mailing to the military will change. Do NOT use these forms any longer: Form 2976 - this is the sma…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

3 Jun 15, 2016
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

USS Oak Hill, USS Kearsarge, USS Arlington

The Oak Hill is an amphibious ship carrying the 26th MEU.  We need 755 for this ship. Wave 1   12-21 thru 12-23        365   DONE Wave 2  …

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

25 May 15, 2016
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USS Iwo Jima, USS New York

We are adopting both of these ships and they are carrying the 24th MEU.  If you have some pillowcases made please let me know! Although we…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

39 Apr 22, 2016
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

UPDATED Pillowcase Instructions

Pillowcase Instructions Selecting Fabric: There are so many wonderful choices out there for fabrics but care does need to be used when sele…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

72 Mar 7, 2016
Reply by Sue-Pillowcase lady

2015 Misc groups

The 1st group of 2015 starts Jan 5. USS Michael Murphy       317 Air Force unit                  101 Army unit                         50 V…

Started by Sue-Pillowcase lady

21 Dec 30, 2015
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