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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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Navy Speak

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


Catskill Mountain Gere
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A little about me:
Recently retired art teacher with 4 grown children. My Sailor is the youngest. Love helping my kids.
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...
further my son's college training and offers world travel.
Our Navy experience so far...
has presented us with many questions., is a work in progress!

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At 7:11pm on January 9, 2021, Chipmunk said…

I sent you some more information  - Love and Hugs!

At 9:31am on January 7, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Catskill - I did get both your comment back and your PM (private message - email). I moderate my comments because my page is open to all members. So, I am not "approving" your comment back to me. But I have it. Look for both your sent and received PMs in your Inbox - it is in the upper left of this profile page under your user name. The easiest way to send me a message is to click on my Chipmunk picture. It will take you to my profile page - under my Avatar (picture) in the middle it says send message - that will link you to the PM page and you can send me a private message that way, if you have difficulty sending through the Inbox.  - Hugs! May your day be productive and fruitful with all you have to do.

At 10:25pm on January 6, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Thinking about you!! I know life can be busy and lots of things at this moment - I am not trying to bug you, but I just wanted to make sure you had seen my reply and then my second PM to you. I just wanted to help you if I could. 

At 11:20pm on November 10, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Send me a PM when you do check in with more to share. I am glad that things are going well!! No rush, I just wanted to say hi!

At 9:00pm on November 10, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Just saying hi!! I hope things are going well

At 6:14pm on November 4, 2020, Phoenixmom said…

Thank You!

At 3:21pm on October 25, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Thank you for the friend request. I will send you a PM - private message. That is a better avenue for us to "chat" through as it is not public on the site. I have to be away from my computer for awhile, but I will check back later. 

At 12:33pm on October 25, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Good Morning Catskill Mountain Gere - I saw your question in the main room chat. That is not where we do a lot of our conversation and usually I would recommend that you join the BC Mom group. However, you said your son had already completed BC. So, to answer your question, your son will not receive his cell phone until likely he is leaving for his A school which could be in a few days or it could be a week or more, depending on their transportation to A school.  They are transporting the new sailors by avenues other than public transportation so it just depends. 

My suggestion, send your sailor a text message and ask him to please at least send you a reply back when he has his phone. I would also call and leave a voicemail congratulating him again. 

Here is a link to the Sub Group.

Do you know if he is going straight to sub school or is he going to a different A school first?

I moderate my comments but feel free to reply to me and I will respond as soon as I am able to. My son has been in for over three years now and is in the fleet on a carrier as a Nuke. I help out on this site much like the rest of us as we are able. 

Congratulations to your new Sailor!!

At 10:33am on October 21, 2020, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question. 

This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  

Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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