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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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Let's chat about our wonderful sons and daughters who have chosen the PACT program.

Members: 222
Latest Activity: Jul 17, 2022


It has been a long time since I have posted and I am sorry. I hope everyone has been able to connect with others in the PACT program. My son is now 3 and a half years in and it has been a great experience. He thought he wanted to be an AM. When he got on the ship, he was put with the AO’s. Now he is an AD3. It was best for him to start PACT because we didn’t know much about the Navy and he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. This has been a good route for him. 

Discussion Forum


Started by Maya2021. Last reply by Valtameri Apr 21, 2022. 1 Reply

Hello, I am newbie here, My son has signed 3 yr contract for S-PACT and will be leaving for BC next month 01/27. After which we were told he will attend another 3-4 week training and then will be…Continue

PACT Airman

Started by Angella. Last reply by shellyh Jan 7, 2019. 14 Replies

My son just left yesterday for BC, and I am wondering about his A-PACT program. The Chief Petty Officer at his recruiter's office told him that he came in under the PACT program and it was really the…Continue

Im Freaking out a little!

Started by tracemc. Last reply by shellyh Jan 7, 2019. 14 Replies

Really, I can't help but freak out a bit here. I am literally up at night thinking about my daughter signing up in DEP as a S-PACT. I found out when I arrived at MEPS to watch her swear in. I am ex…Continue

New and Improved Navy A PACT Program

Started by Barbara. Last reply by shellyh Dec 20, 2018. 13 Replies

Hi all!Relatively new to all this.... my daughter left for BC June 27th.  She signed up under the new and "improved" PACT program.  She was told she would be able to designate after 12 months at her…Continue

Tags: A-PACT, Program, PACT, New

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Comment by mamma marina09 on March 4, 2019 at 12:06am

Shelly yes  my son got leave for about 2 weeks . We went to the bade to pic him up. Long drive but it was worth it. He enjoyed his time here, but wanted to leave for San Diego.  It made me sad but I get it. He was dissapointed about the barracks. He sd he will be on the barge for about 3 months. He sd he just found out that deployment will be in 2 yrs, due to ship being worked on. Yes please stay in touch, my son was overwhelmed the first night being all alone. He found some people he knew today. So I feel better. He sd the base is huge and it's a long walk to get to stuff. Anyway my son can help when your son gets out there  I'm sure would make you feel better! I will keep you posted as well as I find things out!!

Comment by shellyh on March 3, 2019 at 9:07pm

mamma marina09 My son will be leaving Pensacola Mar 6 then have 10 days leave.  So i am guessing he will reporting to San Diego around 3/15.  Did your son gets some leave before reporting? I hope you got to have some quality tome together. I am looking forward to seeing my son.  So I heard that they are short on barracks and that the sailors on the USS Bonhomme Richard are staying on the barge.  Has your son told you anything about his accommodations?  I have also heard that they are refitting the ship so it will be in port awhile so they wont be on deployment anytime soon....I hope he is settling in...maybe we can get them together when my son gets there in a few weeks....thanks for letting me know I will stay in touch

Comment by mamma marina09 on March 3, 2019 at 6:27pm

Shelly my son just arrived in San Diego yesterday.  He will be on the same ship as your son. 

Comment by shellyh on February 19, 2019 at 3:26pm

Amy my son's leave is Mar 5 for 10 days and then he will be attached to USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego

Comment by shellyh on February 19, 2019 at 3:14pm son is graduating soon also APact and going to San Diego....what ship is your son assigned to?

Comment by Amy on February 19, 2019 at 2:44pm

My son just graduated down in Pennsacola with APACT this morning. He gets to fly home for about a week and then he's out to San Diego!

Comment by Amy on February 1, 2019 at 10:25am

A, B, C it's all a different language to me!

Comment by Proverbs3_56 on January 28, 2019 at 11:45am
Oh ...I stand corrected, it’s “C” school. Lol
Comment by Proverbs3_56 on January 28, 2019 at 11:42am
Amy, I believe so. My nephew graduated A school in San Antonio , Texas ( where they live ) and they attended the graduation.
Comment by Amy on January 28, 2019 at 11:19am

Does anyone know if family can attend A school graduation ? What's the process for clearance because I know it was pretty strict for PIR.


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