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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.

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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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A little about me:
I am a mother of four children. I have been married for 26 great years.
I don't think I ever thought one of my children would have an interest in military life. The idea sprouted when my husband (a corproate guy) joined our voluntary fire department and my (now Navy) son joined him there a few years ago! He loved the militant style of a firehouse. And here we are!
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When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
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Listen to what my son was saying about wanting to become a Sailor! And that he didn't want to go the ROTC route.
Not listen to friends and family who questioned HIS decision!!
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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PIR on October 12, 2012- The 237 Birthday of the United States Navy

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 10:00am 2 Comments

I had the honor of attending my son's Pass In Review on the 237th birthday of the Navy in the company of about four thousand fellow spectators. On this graduation day, one fully appreciates the magnitude of committment our sons and daughters have made. You feel the power of the United States Navy and the glory of our country. As I heard 1100 voices loudly and proudly recite the Sailors Creed and sing Anchors Away, my eyes repeatedly welled.  I believe the Navy's newest sailors  also felt the…


Mind Blogging and Mind Boggling

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

I find myself flipping back forth between "What I can write about on this blog?" and wrapping my head around the events in the world, "What the heck is going on?"  I have little mini-blogs in my head as I  wander around the shampoo aisle in Target. And later, as I sip my coffee and watch virtual chaos on the news, I am wondering why is this all happening  NOW? Am I just increasingly aware since we have a son in the Navy?

I thought about blogging about the  466 Navy acronyms…



Posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:30am 3 Comments

I'm not asking you to read this blog! Although I do appreciate being read by you.

I'm suggesting a couple of books that you, your SR's parents or siblings might enjoy reading. I found out about these books by reading a blog by another Navy Mom written ages ago. My husband has been enjoying reading these and I think they provide us with a little comfort in learning what our SR is learning. And seeing a little into boot camp life  is never a bad thing, as we're all pretty much out of…


It's on the milk carton!!

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 9:19am 1 Comment

Good Morning,

Opening a new carton of milk,  I notice it's right there!! No, not my son's face silly,  the date for his PIR! The date on the milk EXP: Oct 12. Well, who would have thought that it would already be stamped on a milk carton? As I stood there pouring the milk into the bowl, I was transported to a big open space in Great Lakes Illinois and imagined hundreds and hundreds of blue (they will be blue by then, right?) uniforms parading in with flags…


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At 5:04pm on September 25, 2012, Domsmom TR said…
Hi how are things? hope all is well.
At 9:56pm on September 10, 2012, Dudes for life said…
Thanks BoxinatorMom. I'm trying.
At 9:55am on September 5, 2012, rcabrera(ship11div-331) said…

Hi! thanks for your friend request, I'm glad to have friends that are going through the same thing, and that we have them in the same division.

At 4:29pm on August 30, 2012, Darthvadersmom Ship11Div331 said…

Chickenpox EEEEEEkkkkkk.  I hope your SR gets beetter FAST  <3 ((HUGS)))

At 5:14pm on August 23, 2012, Kathyc said…

I am thrilled!  It is nice to connect with someone in the same division and ship!!  How are you doing?  I am much better than last week....but still have my moments....I did not think it would be as hard as it has been.  I think may be the no contact thing....has been a challenge!  

At 11:40am on August 22, 2012, Domsmom TR said…
Hi thanx for accepting request,yes they must have been in early grammar school 1st -4tg maybe . Dominick played pop warner fotbal. Did your.son play pop warner in montgomery?
At 11:32am on August 8, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to NAVYForMoms!

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Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :)



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