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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 Proverbs3_56 on January 26, 2019 at 6:19pm
Hello! I’m new to this group. I talked to my son today and told me he is in “Seaman Pact “ after all. He is scheduled to have his PIR on the 8th of Feb. I freaked out because he said he’ll be in A school at Great Lakes only for 10 days and afterwards he’ll go somewhere. I’m lost!!! I was expecting him to be there at GL for at least longer because I’m under the impression that he is still pursuing the engine man rating. Help please!! If somebody knows how S-Pact works- I appreciate it! Thanks!
Comment by mamma marina09 on January 18, 2019 at 5:52pm

AMY my son will be headed there too. Maybe they will work together! Good luck to him and glad to know I have a someone to share this crazy ride with! Hope to talk to you again soon!!

Comment by Amy on January 18, 2019 at 5:31pm

mamma marina09, he's headed for San Diego after school/leave and he'll be gone awhile. He's been gone 4 months, first time away from home. This actually helped my son become more responsible for his things and his surroundings. I couldn't get the message through to him, but the Navy did! And I agree, planning is definitely a challenge with the military.

Comment by mamma marina09 on January 18, 2019 at 4:52pm

Amy that is good to hear. Wow he waited a long time for classes. Does he know where he is headed after he is done? I think all the kids ae anxious to come home at some point,  I cant imagine that cleaning and doing some grunt work is appealing, esp. when my son thought by leaving home he would escape all that. I find it kind of funny.  At least he will grow up quick and learn that the real world is not all as much fun as he thought!! I am really hoping to be able to drive down and pick him up when he is done. I'm anxious for a little time away form home. But like all the other times, I'm learning that the military runs on " a drop of a hat" and there is no such thing as planning a head a time. So I will just hope for the best!!

Comment by Amy on January 18, 2019 at 4:37pm

Mamma Marina09 and shellyh:

My son has been down in Pensacola since 12/15. He was supposed to start classes 1/7 and was delayed (lots of sailors waiting school). But I just heard from him last night. He starts classes 1/22, and he's been keeping busy. He has watch duty and some other obligations to complete. He is now finally aloud to wear his civies because he leveled up (?). He's enjoying it there but is anxious to come home. At this point he should be home the beginning of Feb and stay a few weeks before he heads to his ship. Rest assured your boys will be ok. But I get it being worried.

Comment by Michael on January 18, 2019 at 4:34pm
I can tell you this him being undes will suck it also extends there contract. My husband went undes back in 2016 got shipped off to Norfolk and worked on his ship for one year doing bullshit work painting working in the valley for 3 months and that sucks as he was there from 4am till 10pm every day. When he struck a rate he was so happy but that’s when his contracted started something no one tells you so his 4 year contract started in 2017 even though he was in a year already. If he re-enlist they will cut that last year off so he can start his new contract if he does not he will be in 5 years with a 4 year contract. He has to make a decision this year by September and I told him it was up to him. My feelings is no one should ever go undes it sucks both for the sailor and the family, just my two cents
Comment by mamma marina09 on January 18, 2019 at 4:31pm

Shellyh Yes my son is starting to feel like he made a wrong choice. He too, did not want to wait to leave for BC and they offered him more money to take the A-Pact.  Him being able to make his own choices, he never talked to me or his Dad about this. I often worry that he doesn't really know what he is getting into sometimes. I tell him if he isn't sure, its best to talk to someone about it to explain. Don't be ruled by dollar signs.  I guess though the money looks good to any young kid. I talk to  him almost everyday weather he wants me to or not. LOL! Its hard not having him around and I try to keep an eye on him to make sure he is not getting discouraged. But then I think he made it through boot camp, and I know this is not that bad! I think its just hard when its the first time he has ever been away from home.  He says they have liberty on the weekends, but have to travel with a buddy if a parent cannot come and sign him out, Every nite they have liberty as well, although its not a lot of time to do much. We live in WI so its a lot farther then when he was in Great Lakes. He says it would be nice to do things on the weekends but he has to pay for a taxi etc., and he says it gets really expensive, ( Welcome to the real world)  At least he is learning to watch his money.  ITs so exciting that your son will graduate soon. You will love it!!  IT is much nicer to know you can contact him when you want. Technology is so great for that now!! I just hope it all works out and our kids ae all happy with the outcome. I would hate to see them miserable.

Comment by shellyh on January 18, 2019 at 3:50pm

Greetings...mamma marina09.  Wow he has been there since 1/6?  Probably cause of the holidays, cause I think they were shut down during that time.  My son graduates 2/1 and he is A-Pact also.  I have been reading and looking at youtube videos about this and I am really concerned about being undesignated.  They pretty much do grunt work for their first year and then if they qualify get to strike for a rate.  My son wanted to leave soon for boot that is why he picked A-Pact.  He didn't want to wait for a rate to come up.  I hope it works out but you know as a Mom we worry.  Do you get to talk to your son a lot?  Does he have "normal" hours while he is holding?  Is he able to have liberty off base?  I live north of Tampa and am hoping when my son gets to Pensacola I can go and visit.  Take care and thanks for the information...tell your son thanks for his service and who knows he might meet my son.  Hopefully not, hope by 2/1 his is well on his way!

Comment by mamma marina09 on January 18, 2019 at 3:15pm

Hello there! My son is A-Pact and went to Pensacola on the 6th of Jan. Right now he is in holding and he says they are not doing a lot. He has to clean a lot and he is getting a little discouraged because he says he's bored. I keep trying to encourage him and tell him he has to start at the bottom, but it will get better. I keep telling him at least the weather is better where he is. He needs to  enjoy this time now, because once he is off and running, he will long for these quite days.  Its just hard not knowing when he will start training and be able to be home for a few weeks, before he leaves again.

Comment by Monkeys_Mom on January 10, 2019 at 3:50pm

Greetings! My son leaves for basic training at the end of month. So far  THIS SITE has been the BEST thing I have found. 

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