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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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Kathy Dee
  • Female
  • Newtown, PA
  • United States

Kathy Dee's Friends

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  • southern4
  • navymom99(ship09 div075)
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  • NavyGirl10(Ship09 Div076)
  • NavyMomX's2(Ship 03 Div 334)
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  • jdmom
  • nativemom
  • Arwen
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Kathy Dee's Discussions

E-4 and automatic college credits

Started this discussion. Last reply by CryptoDad May 29, 2014. 1 Reply

My daughter just passed test to become Petty Officer. She will go from E-3, which was her original rank up to E-4. I am told that by just being E-4, that most colleges will provide college credits…Continue

What happens to the kids in the PACT program?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Angie Dec 28, 2010. 3 Replies

My daughter is scheduled to PIR in February of 2011. She is in the PACT program. Do they go right away to assignment, do they stay in GL for further training or do they pick an A school after a…Continue

Do A School classes qualify for college credit

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lady Hamilton Nov 18, 2010. 1 Reply

My daughter will be leaving for boot camp soon. She has some college credits and is hoping that during the next 4 years she can finish her degree. We understand that you can get college credits for…Continue

What kind of clothes will my daughter need in Chicago for boot camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arwen Oct 28, 2010. 25 Replies

Hi everyone - I am a new Navy Mom and my daughter will leave for bootcamp on December 15th - or at least that is what I have been told. She wants me to buy her long johns to wear. Will she be able to…Continue


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At 4:05pm on February 16, 2011, southern4 said…
Hi, thanks for asking. My daughter broke her leg and has been in rehab since we last communicated. We think she is in the last phase of rehab and then must go back to boot camp for 2-3 weeks, so graduation is 5 weeks off. I am thinking of everyone in her division who graduates this week. She cared about a bunch of folks in Div 85 and is sad to not be with them. Hope all is well with you daughter. Take care,
At 12:25pm on January 24, 2011, diannep said…
Thanks, Kathy! No big deal...just didn't want the RDC's seeing your last name...we try to keep them from identifying the recruits with the ladies on here! You have a great day too!
At 3:59pm on January 23, 2011, diannep said…

Kathy:  Just saw where you posted your last name on your post on the PIR site.  If this is your recruit's last name also, you will need to delete that post.  But first, you can retype it without the last name, add it so the info stays there, and then delete the other is for Navy security that we can't post last names and for the protection of your recruit.  Plus the RDCs might have a "good time" with any info they find on the posts (they read them!) if they know which one is your recruit!  HA!  If this is NOT your recruit's last name, then no problem!  Thanks!

At 3:01pm on December 31, 2010, Anna said…
Thank you for the friend request!!!  Let us know if you need anything!!
At 10:59pm on December 28, 2010, Anna said…

Kathy Dee,

I see you joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!!  We are a friendly, caring group of moms always willing to listen and support.  Please feel free to jump in and join our chats!!  We like to discuss everything from our sailors to our jobs, weather, whatever.  It's also a great place if you want to yell, scream, vent, cry - - there is no judgment involved!!!  Brag about your sailor but also tell us when you are hurting because you miss her so!!!  Looking forward to getting to know you and your sailor!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!

At 7:05pm on December 20, 2010, Darnell said…

Hello Kathy Dee,

Is the address you have temporary? Her recruiter said I should not send her anything to the temporary address. I think there is a good chance that our girls may be together. That would be cool. I really hope you get her box soon. It made me smile and cry all at once.



At 11:23pm on December 18, 2010, Darnell said…

Hello Kathy Dee,  Thanks you for reaching out. My daughter left for bootcamp on 12/13. I still do not have an address for her. Her recruiter said he had a temporary address for her, but said it would not be good to send her anything there, because she may not get it. I really hope we get it soon. Will your daughter be going to school in GL after bootcamp? How are you doing with her gone? Its alot harder for me then i thought it would be. She has a little brother who misses her too. It will be nice when he can write to her. I think it will good for both of them.


Thanks again,








At 11:07pm on December 16, 2010, NavyMomX's2(Ship 03 Div 334) said…

Hi there! I'm hanging in there. I miss her smiling face every day. She was away at college for a semester then decided it wasn't right for her there. So we moved her back home. She has been living here ever since. She will turn 20 next month while at bootcamp. My husband was in the Navy so i kinda know what to expect but it's different with my daughter. 8 weeks is really not that bad. My friends daughter just graduated Marine bootcamp. She didn't get to talk to her for 13 weeks. Then she got a call right before graduation. So i guess it could be worse. This isn't easy by any means but i'm trying to make the best of it and be strong for her. Got her box of clothes today. Still no Ship and Division #. I would assume they will graduate the same week since they arrived the same week. Can't wait to find out the PIR date so we can make arrangements to fly out there. Very nice talking to another mother with a daughter. I'm on facebook as well. Send me a private message and i'll give you my info. if you have one too. Take care and God Bless!

At 12:32pm on October 21, 2010, jdmom said…
A couple months ago there was a whole discussion about recruits going in the same as your daughter, really had a lot of info, I think it was in the New Moms Start Here group or the Deper's In But Not yet group. If you haven't joined them or checked them out you may want to try there. They have so much great information!
At 7:57am on October 21, 2010, jdmom said…
Hi Kathy, as I am sure you are finding out this website is great. My son doesn't leave until March but we are in Bucks County as well, Upper Southampton. What rate(job) did your daughter sign for?

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