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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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carols_kitchen replied to Laura's discussion 'December 2013 Adoption...VAQ-130 "Zappers"' in the group Molly's Adopt A Sailor
"Hello Friends, Veterans, and Troops, It is with great regret and sadness that I inform you that the hard decision has been made to close Molly’s Adopt a Sailor (MAS) after 12 years of service to our active and veteran troops. Though this…"
Sep 8, 2020

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I am an Army wife and a Navy mom.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it

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At 10:45pm on May 11, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Don't forget to make the changes below.

At 1:31am on November 4, 2015, Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom said…

No; my son was stationed there 2008 - 2012.  

At 11:05am on February 4, 2015, Mary (Chris' mom) said…

I sent you a friend request. Our sons may be in the same area soon.

At 1:34am on January 6, 2015, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes. Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP code to one that is not easily associated with your recruit.

Since you have a Sailor, you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" above to "Enlisted."

At 5:04pm on February 15, 2014, Whit and Stephen's Mom (Ann) said…

Laura do you know how many boxes were shipped to the Zappers?  I know you probably don't have a definitive count but a guesstimate would be great.  My daughter's Captain put her name in for an award for organizing her group and they asked for a count.  I can give them our count but would love to get some publicity for Molly's Adopt a Sailor.  Maybe I can get those reservists to organize a packing party once a month!  I know that's wishful thinking but you never know!

At 11:46am on December 19, 2013, PaMom said…

candy cane mice

the candy cane is the tail and a way to hang it from a tree or bunk 

At 2:37am on January 6, 2013, cakers00 said…

Awesome!  Thank you so much!  I will definitely let her know once I convince her to join!  Hope you have a great week!

At 3:57am on December 14, 2012, NukeMom (Class 1318A - GC) said…

Hey Laura - I forgot to ask - since you are in the area.  Do you have any recommendations for accommodations that differ from those here?  

At 1:38pm on August 17, 2012, ProudMaMa-USS Triton 305 said…

Thank u for the input!  I was hoping it would be Ohare, 530am wow.  Did he fly out that early.  Better yet, do u know when they get the travel orders in writing?  Would be nice to know if he is out on Sat. Sun, Mon or even Tues as others have indicated...Thanks!

At 11:00am on February 6, 2012, Tracie (Jacob's mom) said…
Thanks.. I joined the Chicago group.. I would definitely like to be part of a get together. If you see something let me know

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