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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

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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).  


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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Mary, Proud Mom of Nick
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Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's Friends

  • Ericuts
  • Denny (Ship 09 Div 170)
  • jamieRN   Div. 073     PIR 1/24
  • GennyMac
  • mollycat
  • lkbmom245
  • justpeachy
  • cody furt mom Dar ship9div266
  • Leisa Ship13 Div309  Grad 9-28
  • Teacake928
  • d'annmc
  • Ship09/Division023
  • wmiranda
  • chinadoll19
  • Kriss

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's Groups


Proud of our Sailor and yours too!

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Jules commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Anyone else have a new Sailor in A School? "
Aug 27, 2021
Jules commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Smidgee - thanks so much for your message response.  He is settling in, still waiting to hear how long it will be before they actually start. From what he said they could be on-hold for a bit. Still adjusting to him being gone. He is our…"
Aug 24, 2021
Bandmom commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Sprry if my spellling isn't the best.  I have had eye surgery, and my sight is horrible right now."
Oct 13, 2020
Bandmom commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Jello Jennifer,  My son found out that he was an E.T. at Great lakes.  He stayed at Great Lakes for A School, and has since been to different bases for more schooling.  Good luck to your new recruit/"
Oct 13, 2020
Jennifer commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Anyone else here have a son or daughter shipping on Dec 1?"
Oct 9, 2020
Jennifer commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Hello new friends! I'm brand new here. My daughter leaves for boot camp Dec 1. I've read things indicating the ET/FC sorting happens at boot camp "randomly", but her recruiter told her it happens at the training school after…"
Jun 15, 2020
Tonya commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Brittney, BC is the hardest part for sure, it will get easier now that he has a phone. Video chatting makes a huge difference. Don't get me wrong talking on the phone is great but being able to video chat is so much better. Rest assure he will…"
Jul 25, 2019
Brittney commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"TRenee - Thank you for that info, I believe my Son said he was FC but I'm definitely going to keep those expectations in mind, when he originally enlisted, his recruiter stated he would be in A school for 2 years, it's been pretty tough…"
Jul 25, 2019

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A little about me:
Former Navy wife and Mother of two, Nick is a west coast sailor.

Our sailor son ...
PIR-ed from division 161, ship 7 on April 25, 08
Graduated from A school in GL in December 05, 08 as FC
Starts his C school - Aegis Spy Radar in Jan. 09
Made E4 in June 2009
Graduates from C school as Honor Grad - July 31, 2009
Reported to the fleet August 23, 2009
FC2 Selectee - September 2010 cycle 208
Earned ESWS - September 2012
ReEnlisted - four more years October 26, 2012

His dad was also an FC... for 10 years!
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Was proud and encouraged it
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Our son is a sailor...our son is an Adult!
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's Blog

Four New Rates!

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 10:57pm 4 Comments

Navy Establishes Four New Ratings

Story Number: NNS170201-05Release Date: 2/1/2017 11:20:00 AM A A A Email this story to a friend Print this story

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Wednesday the establishment of four new ratings for active duty Sailors, yeoman submarine (YNS), logistics specialist submarine (LSS), culinary specialist submarine (CSS) and fire controlman Aegis (FCA) in NAVADMIN 021/17.

This realignment… Continue

Free signs for our military...

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 11:26am 1 Comment

Congrats!!! 15,588 to advance to E-4, E-5, E-6

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 7:00pm 5 Comments

By Mark D. Faram - Staff writer

Posted : Friday Nov 19, 2010 15:12:48 EST

Next week, 15,588 very happy active-duty sailors will celebrate Thanksgiving Day, as well as give thanks for…

Is your sailor taking their advancement test?

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:00am 2 Comments

Good luck to all those exam candidates…


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At 11:08am on December 2, 2016, diane {Shawns mom} said…

Back at Ya..

At 7:16am on November 4, 2016, CCR said…

Back atcha!

At 12:37am on November 4, 2016, lemonelephant said…
At 2:50pm on October 16, 2014, Melissa (Tucson) said…
I'm leaving a comment from January 12, 2010....where has he time gone??
At 7:48pm on April 1, 2014, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Mary, The new adoption for Molly's Adopt A Sailor was announced today. We hope you will help us send some love from home to these sailors on the USS Truxtun (destroyer).

At 9:51am on February 1, 2014, carrie said…

Hi Mary, I sent a email about a week or two ago, I had some stress since my sailor been on deployment.  I really need to network with the other N4M & other groups.  Also, need help with my profile & setting pages. Because I hadn't been out here since I joined in July 2010. A new administration did email me back I somehow accidently lost her reply and don't know if my private setting is correct.  I think it happen adding you has a friend, I don't know what I did wrong.  Need an Administration help.  Thanks Carrie

At 8:09pm on June 25, 2013, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Mary, You are now a member of "MAS We Ship Love" so you have access to all the addresses. Sorry I was a little slow because I am in a small town in Michigan and have to go to McDonald's to use their WIFI for a few days while I am here!! Pat

At 9:36am on September 13, 2012, Teacake928 said…

Hi! My son joined in  2009. He is on the DDE. He is following in my family's footsteps. My dad was in WW2 , 1brother retired recently  as LT commander, 1 brother army, uncles, cousins, and my sister's oldest son is a retired sub man. He is single right now. He is a nuke.  We are so proud of him!!


At 9:50am on August 19, 2012, CCR said…

Mary add Leisa Ship 13 Div309     to your friends list.

At 1:36pm on June 10, 2012, chinadoll19 said…

Hi Mary count me and Matthew to come on July 31, where is this restaurant? I lived in Smyrna. Did you post this to the event? I would like to come to the meet and greet. - China


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