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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Mother of 6 and am retired from the business world. Enjoy reading, sewing going to grandchildren's school activities
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To listen to what he had learned in the Navy and be a strong part of his life by writing and E-mailing as much as possible and also by sending "goodie" packages.
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At 10:46pm on February 20, 2010, Anita B. (Josh's Mom) said…
Good to hear from you Mary...Josh was an ET on the ship and is ready to stay on shore for the next 3 years. He missed the birth of his first child since the ship left for a month just 6 hours before their son was born. I got to be in Norfolk and assist so I was happy about that. Their second child will be in Sept. so he will be there. YEA! Here I go again. Grandma to 11! How does your son like ship life...does he have to live on the ship or a dorm?
At 6:35pm on February 20, 2010, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Hey Anita --- nice to see your post in AECF group. Bet you are happy to have your son so much closer to home!!! What rate was he while serving on his ship, I'm assuming ET or FC but not sure if you had told me before. We are an FC family - hubby did 10 years as an FC and was a C school instructor, now son is an FC and is with his first ship in Hawaii. Please let us know if you have questions, my hubby loved instructor duty.
At 12:21am on March 10, 2009, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Josh is doing some great stuff!

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At 8:33am on February 26, 2009, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Hi Anita, welcome to AECF! I was a Navy wife for 10 years myself and my hubby was an FC, now our son is an FC as well. He left GL in january and is currently at the C school for Aegis systems. Please let me know what questions that you may have - the group is great and a wealth of info.

Where is your son's ship homeported at?
At 8:44am on February 5, 2009, Debbie B. said…
Hi Anita:

I met you at the Olive Garden back in the fall. I would be interested in getting together. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and make travel a little easier. A co-worker of mine has a son in the Navy and is also interested in coming. I can check out a couple of places here - we have a couple of Panera's nearby that have community rooms - one is just off 315 at Bethel Rd. Did you do the quilting class? It sounded good to me but far away for the winter. I do need a project! Talk to you later.
At 11:02am on January 19, 2009, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Wonderful Anita - we will appreciate your experiences in the group.
At 10:23am on January 19, 2009, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Hi Anita, wanted to stop by and welcome you to AECF. I see you are also a Fleet Mom member - is Josh already with the fleet? Is he an ET or an FC? My hubby was an FC for many years and now our son is at C school - he is also an FC, please let me know if you have any questions.

Lots of great folks in the group!
At 1:59pm on October 29, 2008, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Hello & Welcome to N4M’s!
My name is Catherine the Admin and I want to thank you for joining us! To help you know the “Do’s and Don’ts” for the community- I wrote up a quick little ditty for you to read. So click here and read them (pretty please with a cherry on top because the rules are enforced)! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns afterwards- please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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