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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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CarolJ * Courtney's Mom *
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She's REALLY in the Navy now.. assigned to the USS Mason!!

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A little about me:
I am the mom of four, two girls and two boys. Courtney is the oldest at 19, her sister Alex is 17, brother Dylan is 14 brother Trent is 10.
Technically boys are step children but we don't use that term in our family. My husband Dave was in the Navy before we met So he has an idea of what Courtney is going thru and how this will change her life. We work together and are best friends. We are so lucky!!
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Was proud, Encouraged him/her
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This was my daughter's dream and now she is living it!!! And Navy4moms is an awesome place for me to receive ALOT of support!!!:)
Our Navy experience so far...
This was the best decision he/she could have made
My sailor girl is in Meridian, MS. She is a yeoman for the Navy. I am so very proud of her for making this decision!! But I feel like part of me has been amputated.

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Posted on October 30, 2008 at 5:52pm 3 Comments

WOW!! What a beautiful thing to behold! You can read posts and watch video after video but you have to EXPERIENCE to understand just how fabulous it is.

After driving 13 hours to Chicago we were needless to say exhausted. We had reservations at the Navy Lodge and just on a hunch inquired see when we could check in ( it was about 0730) they were nice enough to find us a room so we could rest awhile. We then rode around and explored the area. We must have drove past the front gate like 20… Continue

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At 1:50pm on October 22, 2008, CarolJ * Courtney's Mom * said…
We are headed out to Great Lakes!!!! We got a letter from the Commander at GL yesterday... Courtney is a honor graduate!!! We will get to sit in the VIP section. OOOHHHHH!! :) I just hope we can see her during ceremony to take pictures and video.
See you all at meet and greet and thanks for all the well wishes and prayers!! SHE DID IT !!!!!!!
At 3:35pm on September 9, 2008, CarolJ * Courtney's Mom * said…
Having A not so good day today. I still Have not received any letter from my girl and she has been there15 days, I understand from alot of mom's that it's 3 weeks or so for some to get mail. I've also heard that it depends on the "commander" of her group Some are not so nice when it comes to "extras". Not that writing home is an extra but to some commanders they may feel like it.
She also goes to church on Sundays so I hear that doesn't leave much time to write.

I know she is ok and I keep telling myself that no news is good news but I am still a mom. And a lonely one at that. So I wil continue to write and send my letters in hope that I will get one soon!!
At 2:21pm on August 18, 2008, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Dear Carol J:
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.
So, enjoy your time here and I'm looking forward (along with the community) to reading more about you. :D
Sincerely, Catherine

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