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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 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).  

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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Cross Stitching Navy moms


Cross Stitching Navy moms

If you have the gift and love of cross stitch, join here!

Members: 42
Latest Activity: Sep 14, 2014

Discussion Forum

Navy Designs??

Started by Stitching4JoyNavyMom. Last reply by LLovesmysailor Feb 2, 2011. 2 Replies

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Comment by deeS on February 2, 2011 at 1:36pm

Hi!  I belong to the 1-2-3 Stitch Message Board and some of the ladies there have talked about kissing pillows.  The site is  You can view the posts with out registering - if you decide to check it out, let me know and I'll post a question about these for you while you decide if you want to register.


Comment by Proud Navy/NYPD Mom (Donna) on February 2, 2011 at 1:02pm
Hi!  I just found this group and after reading some of the posts thought I can relate to this group.  I love to cross-stitch and so does my MIL.  She is a member of the embroidery guild and just gave me the directions to make little "kissing pillows" for the military.  Has anyone done these before?  Do any of you know anything about them?  I thought it might be fun to try, but what to do once I make a bunch is the question.  Got any advice for me?
Comment by deeS on February 2, 2011 at 12:22pm

A caution on the framing process - many of the new fibers and over-dyed fabrics cannot be washed so please be sure to keep this in mind if you use these types of materials.  Aida, DMC and Sullivans floss are fine to wash but if you're not sure, check with the store when you purchase it or ask someone before you wash these specialty items. 



Comment by Stitching4JoyNavyMom on February 2, 2011 at 10:40am

This is the group for me!  Cross-stitching for over 25 years and shared enjoyment of it with my daughter Alicia who just left for OCS this week.

Comment by LLovesmysailor on January 21, 2011 at 9:11pm
I have done some framing of my own. The first thing I do is soak the piece in a mild vinegar and water solution. That helps set the colors and reduces fading. Then I iron the piece carefully under a press cloth. I stretched mine on the kind of frames they use for painting canvases. When I'm ready to frame it, I transfer it to a piece of core board. I anchor the piece with no rust pins and then put it into a frame. I hope this helps a little. I know that having things framed can cost over $100.
Comment by dj's mom on November 27, 2010 at 10:27am
dees- yeah I would like to as well. maybe this evening cause it hasnt happened so My sailor was fortunate enough to be invited by a friend to dinner with his relatives that live near Great Lakes(although not too near he said he was on the train for ever..actualyy 2 trains)but I wish I knew who they were so I could thank them. He was pretty upset while on the train b ut afterwards he said he had a great time and they were wondeful and treated him like family. They will never know how much I appreciate it. I was so worried about him I coldn't eat until I knew he was ok. Once a mom always a mom LOL
Comment by deeS on November 23, 2010 at 3:55pm
Hi! I would love to make stockings for my family, but I don't know if I will ever get around to doing it or not. That is a major amount of work! Since I posted last I've finished Bent Creek's Red Thread, and a few others. Right now I'm working on Robin Hood but I couldn't tell you who it's designer is. I'm enjoying it, though. I have several pieces at the frame shop, too. Some I did years ago and am finally getting around to framing them. One I finished recently, Yesteryear. (Again, I can't remember the designer.)

I hope to get some stitching time in over the long weekend. Hang in there - you'll be okay. Maybe you can plan a Thanksgiving meal when he's able to get home? That could be fun! Take care!

Comment by dj's mom on November 23, 2010 at 3:27pm
Hi all. I actually started cross stitching when I was pregnant with my sailoor. How appropriate . LOl I have made all 3 of my kids stockings and am now working on 1 for my nephew. Helps pass the time and no greater satisfaction than taking a blank piece of cloth and ending up with something beautiful. Kind of like our sailors; started out with these tiny little babies and took our time and care and look what we got. This will be my first real holiday without my son. he is in A school at Great Lakes and I am missing him like crazy. Hope evrone has a happy and safe holiday.
Comment by deeS on July 26, 2010 at 10:55am
Hi Janet, Leslie and Gio! I haven't been on this board for quite awhile, but I love to cross-stitch. I'm still working on Bent Creek's Red Thread, but I'm so close to being finished I can taste it! If only I could just lock myself away for a day or so, I think I could finish it and move on to something eles. I probably have 8 or 9 WIPs and that many more that I want to start.

Janet, I had the same problem with my eyes - so when I had an eye appointment, I took my stitching with me. I told her that my family always teased me about wearing two pair of glasses to stitch and she fixed my right up. I now have "stitching glasses" - bifocals with my regular distance vision on top, and a magnified vision on the bottom, just right for stitching. It was well worth it and I would recommend it to anyone. Now I can watch TV while I stitch and not look silly while doing it.

Take care and I hope you get some stitching time in today!

Comment by deeS on March 11, 2010 at 4:03pm
This is a test message - please ignore. By the way, I'd rather be stitching right now! :-)


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