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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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Donna (Christopher's Mom)
  • Female
  • Clermont, FL
  • United States

Donna (Christopher's Mom)'s Friends

  • Cheryl
  • KC'smom
  • luluhub
  • ptalinda
  • Shanermansmom(EM1135)
  • Mommabee2
  • Cathy ship09/div205/pir06/17/11
  • navy25
  • Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons
  • J'smomAME-Norfolk
  • diane {Shawns mom}

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Profile Information

A little about me:
I have been Puppet and Props Technician for 26 years at the number on family vacation destination (Walt Disney World). I have a wonderful husband of 23 years. We have a son who is stationed in Norfolk on The USS Harry S Truman. We are very proud of him and the fact that he joined the Navy.
We live in Florida and spend most of our off time at the Gulf Coast on our 27' Cabin Cruiser
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 11:51am on January 4, 2012, Cheryl said…
Hey girly, do you know a girl named Hiedi Musselman? I think you work in the same department, she does wordrobe and other stuff. She also does tech and she acts. Just wondering. See you in May
At 5:29pm on December 14, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Donna, Welcome to Molly's Adopt A Sailor! For more information, go to Molly's group page and on the right side, click on "New Moms Read First." If you have questions or need help, PLEASE do not hesitate to send me a message. Thanks for joining us. Pat

At 9:07pm on June 15, 2011, ptalinda said…
Yes I am on Facebook - Linda Hall Martin.  Friend me, and we can chat there.  I am jealous of you with the cabin cruiser!  I grew up on Long Island, and we had a 31-ft. cabin cruiser we went to Fire Island in every weekend.  It slept 6, but my dad never was willing to stay overnight - it was such a disappointment to us as kids.  We went every Saturday, came home late in the afternoon, then got up and did the same Sunday - crazy!  And after living in Florida for the past 34 years, I've probably only been on a boat a handful of times - and we live about a mile away from the beach!  Anyway, see you on Facebook!
At 8:57pm on June 15, 2011, ptalinda said…

Neil did PIR June 3rd, then shipped out the next day, to Pensacola.  I know very little about what they do until A school starts.  They eat well - Pensacola is known to be THE BEST food of all of the Naval Bases.  He said they have THE BEST French toast he's ever eaten.  They don't work out near as much as he did before boot camp, so he's gaining, rather than losing weight - and he said they have flags out every day to show what the weather is - indicating which uniform they wear.  When it's a black flag, they are not allowed to work out outside - too hot.  He saw that one one day last week.  He does have limited time to use some available computers - and I see him make some comments on Facebook.  He also is on duty every third weekend - because there are only 3 of them in the "dorm-style" room, instead of 4.  They are on restriction until they pass Phase 1 - and he said they are pickier about the rules in A school than they were in Boot camp - at least so far.  Until he passes Phase 1, he's not allowed off the base at all, or allowed other priviliges.  Curfew is much later there, too - 10 pm - and lights out at midnight - and they can sleep later - but if they do, they miss breakfast - so he only made that mistake once!  I guess getting used to eating is a motivating factor! LOL!  I just LOVE that he's so much happier with himself - it's a wonderful thing!  Enjoy the PIR - we took video - actually a friend of mine got the best - he was videotaping us as we were trying to find him - and captured me getting the first hug - then with dad - then I took the camera and got him in the video too.  Later, as we ate lunch at Uno's in Chicago, we put the tiny tripod on the table and recorded all his stories about "what was the best", "what was the worst", etc - about his experiences - something he will be able to view years from now - a flip camera is SO easy!  Even I can do it - and that means it is really easy!  Enjoy your time there. 

At 4:33pm on June 15, 2011, ptalinda said…
Congratulations!  where are you on the Gulf?  We're in Seminole.  Have fun this weekend - it's only about 24 hours - but soooooooooo fun - our son was so excited he couldn't stop talking!  So very proud of himself - it was so wonderful to see!!!  What will he be doing for A school in Pensacola?  Our son is in Pensacola, too - but no idea when his school starts - rumors say it may be as late as November?????
At 12:21pm on May 25, 2011, diane {Shawns mom} said…
Hi Donna, notice you joined Molly's and also live in the Central Area, Welcome!!! I am in Orlando, you should join us, in Orlando or Tampa for a Molly's Adopt a Sailor packing party, its a GREAT TIME
At 12:51pm on May 9, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…
Hi Donna, Welcome to Molly's Adopt A Sailor! For information, go to Molly's group page and at the top read "Are you new to Molly's Adopt A Sailor?" If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me a message! Thanks for joining us. Pat
At 3:39pm on December 5, 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 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! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :)

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