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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Dec 23, 2012. 9 Replies

Hi,I just joined the site ...My 20 y old daughter is preparing her documents to go in the Navy.She says she wants to go active and I am freeking out...I don't even know why. Can someone advise me on…Continue


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At 7:36pm on January 14, 2013, momof4 said…

Hi Gaby! Just reading your previous posts. We go through so many emotions. I was scared when my daughter came home and asked her dad to go to the recruiters. This was the furthest thing from my mind. We had been looking at colleges in our area. She was interested in golf management. She graduated from high school and 8 months later she started bootcamp. Being an aviation machinist mate certainly was a surprise job choice for her. But she seems to like it. She says some days are good and some days are work. Not many girls in her squadron. She works on helicopters. The guys treat her equally. She has made some close friends and they do alot on their off time. Mountain climbing, kayaking, surfing and skateboarding are some of the things they have done. She says A and C schools aren't too bad. Just study. Some don't go to C school. If she does, she could be in Norfolk. It's roughly 8 weeks. While in Norfolk, she bought a car and drove cross-country to SanDiego with another girl.

I hope you get the chance to go to PIR. Best experience since high school graduation. Be sure to have fresh batteries and plenty of tissues. I made ribbons for my family. You can order them but it helped to pass the time for me. 

Have you been able to talk to your daughter. When you get the "I'm a Sailor" call, it is the best!! She'll be very tired and I mean VERY tired but man......... Just know in your heart she has made the bravest choice to join the best. I wear a pin everyday as a reminder of how proud I am to be a Navy Mom. 

Feel free to ask any questions that you might have. Remember, no question is too silly. I was where you are.


At 9:59pm on December 14, 2012, Valtameri said…

There is a group for families of aviation machinist's mates, and there is at least one woman with a daughter on there:

~ Val :)

At 5:41pm on January 20, 2012, 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 Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

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



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