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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).  


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**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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I live in Trumbull, CT. I'm married, with two children.My son joined the Navy March 2012 and currently is stationed at San Diego. My daughter is still in high school. I'm interested in meeting other navy families that would like to share experiences.
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I'm still at the learning stage of what to expect. What I know for certain is that my son is so proud to be in the Navy and happy with his decision to join.
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 2:16pm on April 6, 2015, Shoeysmom said…
Donna, did your son still have to phase up or class up when he arrived for A-school at meridian?
At 11:29am on February 13, 2015, Leach73 said…
Hello Donna.
I saw you are also a part of the Yeoman Moms group. As I was reading thru the comments, I noticed that you said your son went from undesignated to Yeoman. My daughter also went in as undesignated and struck for YN and got picked up for it. Just wanted to ask you for feedback of how the experience has been for your son with the transition from undes to Yeoman. I will send you a friend request and perhaps we can PM more about this. Thank you. Have a blessed day!
At 11:12pm on December 16, 2013, lemonelephant said…

I see that you have changed your Username so that it no longer contains your last name; you also need to change the URL to this page to remove it from there as well. Number 2 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) will tell you how to fix that. There may be other changes you will want to make as well, such as the changes in numbers 3 and 4. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 11:10pm on December 16, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You may want to join Yeoman Moms. Where is he stationed? There may be a group for that as well.

At 12:30am on October 20, 2013, Ruth, Gun's Mom said…

Donna, my best advice about having a packing party is to first read and then print out the directions posted on the MAS page.  You have to follow all the directions to have the postage paid by MAS, but they're just good directions, too, to help you get organized. 

Take a copy of the customs form that MAS has posted to your PO and ask them if they want it done differently.  You use the return address that's on the example, but my PO didn't like the way the sailor's address was entered on the form.  They told me to put the address exactly as it is on the address we're given.  The clerk told me to ignore the labels on the form for the address.

Check the box for gift, and over on the right there's a box about what should happen to the box if it's not delivered to the addressee.  We used to check a box that said something about forwarding it to someone else and we'd write in "any chaplain."  Can't do that anymore.  We check instead " return to sender."

When we list contents, we used to get away with "snacks' instead of "chips, pretzels, peanuts."  We can't use "snacks" anymore or "personal care items."  It has to be more specific. 

Order your boxes, tape, and customs forms NOW.  Go talk to your PO for the best advice as well as when they want you to show up with the boxes.  Even though our party is Sunday, the PO told me not to bring them Monday or Tuesday as they don't have the staff on those days. 

Also be prepared to have address labels and return labels in addition to the custom forms. Return address is Molly's always. 

I'll let you know how tomorrow's party went and post some pictures. 

At 5:22pm on October 19, 2013, Ruth, Gun's Mom said…
Donna, I'll Write When I Get To A Computer.
At 6:41pm on October 9, 2013, Proud Navy/NYPD Mom (Donna) said…

That's great news to know that they would be "awesome" to have.  So excited about the packing parties New England mommas are putting together. Usually it is IL, FL and a few other states. But we are showing the country how it is done New England style!!  With lots of fun and some really great ideas.

Do you think you'll be able to make it to the MA Moms packing party at my house on 10/19?  We are packing Thanksgiving goodies & nerf footballs. Chelita and her family and friends are making 300 pies in a jar - one for everyone!!!  100 apple, 100 pumpkin, and 100 pecan. I'm making sugar cookies and some pumpkin cheesecake bars. We're also sending some decorations.

Hoping to make Thanksgiving extra special for these sailors.

At 9:44am on September 18, 2013, Bird MomShip13Div363 said…

Good Morning Donna!

Thanks for the friend request :)

These days don't go by fast enough  LOL.

At 8:24pm on September 17, 2013, Rhody Navy Mom said…

Hi Donna, please keep me on the list as a possible for your  packing party on 11/2.  Trying to change some things around so I can make it!  Thanks -

At 7:27am on September 5, 2013, Carebear said…
Thank you Donna! What a great site!

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Looking for CT Mom's to help out

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:55am 0 Comments

Please Join us Dec 1st for our first Packing Party.  Please consider helping.  Our brave men and women so need our love and support over in the "sandbox."

Happy News... Boot Camp Completed

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 11:08pm 0 Comments

A very proud time for my son and the family.  So exicited for him.  Congrat's to all of our Newest sailors.  God bless you all and keep you safe always.



Great phone call today

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 12:29am 2 Comments


My son Andrew called to say he made it!  He will be graduating May 11TH.  We are so proud and exicited for him.

Can't wait to see him in his uniform.


Looking for Crowe's mom

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 8:13pm 0 Comments

My son is in Div 145 and is friends with Crowe.  He sent a letter home saying we've spoken via this site.  Are you out there?  Our sons will be going to A School together  I'm pretty sure.  I'd love to hear from you



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