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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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


Anna V
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  • Westminster, MD
  • United States

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A little about me:
Wife to David - married 30+ years, Mom of 4 young adults - I've worked in fitness, dance, ministry and creative arts... We are patriotic and each of our "kids" have served somewhere in America's armed forces - Navy and Marines...OORAH!
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
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At 3:31pm on March 16, 2011, Ragdollrae HM A school SA said…

Anna - I completely know what you mean. I am so very excited to see my son, Ryan at graduation. I feel the same way about hearing his voice after such a long time with no contact. He sounded so different already.

I have booked my travel and my hotel. There are a couple of us staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mettawa. It isn't very far from RTC at all and I get my HH points. :0)


There are others that are staying at various hotels in the area, but I do admit to being a bit of a hotel snob. I like to stay where I am comfortable. It comes from me traveling all of the time so I like a place that feels cozy. I do not want to run into "maybe" you could get a smelly room or it isn't great, but it is a place to sleep. That just doesn't work for me. (I am truly not a snot about too many things, but I am with this one.)  :0)


Anyway - if you have questions or if there is a way i can help, let me know and I will answer if I can or try to help find an answer.


Woohoo - only 22 days away. I am getting so very excited!

At 3:14pm on March 16, 2011, Ragdollrae HM A school SA said…

Hello Anna,


I am in Houston. In the Heights area. There are a few of us around from the surrounding areas. I have a son in the PIR 4/8 (graduation date) when is your loved one scheduled to graduate and which ship are they in?



At 10:22am on May 27, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the featured forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community.
Also, check out this OPSEC Internet Safety Video

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

Elizabeth and Colleen

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