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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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A little about me:
I have been married for for 24 years to a former Navy man, I have a son who left for Navy boot camp on 7/7 and is due to graduate on 9/2/10. I also have another son who is 15 yrs old. I love the country and animals
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
the Navy is very big on education and very structured
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 9:29pm on August 4, 2010, Cowgirl said…
We have finally gotten our phone call from Casey and I couldn't have been more elated! He had so much to say. He was telling us he is in a integrated unit and that some had been in trouble and that was why it took him so long to call home, they were having phone privileges withheld. He has been accepted on the drill team and been assigned the duty of Weapons Petty Officer. He says the food is awful and he doesn't think he will ever want to eat as he puts it "green eggs & ham" again. His drill team unit is suppose to start performing for the graduations within the next two weeks. He said three recruits have been dropped from his unit one for food allergies the other two he doesn't know why and a few were taken away by ambulance come to find out the had gotten the flu or something and now they are behind pace by a few weeks. He says he misses home but he sounded awesome, he did say some of the recruits in his group still don't get it and haven't really grasped the reality of being in the Navy, they are still acting like they are in high school. LOL
At 10:32am on July 30, 2010, mamahink4 said…
Well we got our first letter from Steven, he said the food is boring, they repeat a lot of the same things, the workouts are hard but he has made alot of new friends. Five guys from his Ship/Div have already dropped out and 3 of them had to be taken away in ambulances. They stay really busy he said boot camp is nothing like the video's he watched, everyone is always screaming and cussing at them. He also said he misses everyone here and can't wait to see us at graduation. I was so glad to hear from him, he really sounded good, now I hope I get a phone call from him. Hope you guys got a letter from your son.
At 11:08pm on July 28, 2010, mamahink4 said…
My husband and I are both from Brandon & graduated from Brandon High School and our 3 boys were all born at Brandon Hospital. I work at a funeral home in Riverview and my husband works at Mosaic Fert. and has for 37 years, wow, we may know the same people. Did your son go to the Brandon Navy recruiters office and leave from there? My son did.
At 8:34pm on July 18, 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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