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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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A little about me:
Our family is all about the Navy; I served as an AC, my husband, Dennis is a retired EMC (NUC), my ex-husband (my son, Pryce's father) was a PN1 AW, I also served as a Navy Ombudsman for Attack Squadron VA-52, the Knightriders based out of NAS Whidbey Island, WA (now decommissioned) during Operation Desert Storm. We lived in Kitsap County, Silverdale, WA for over 9 years and wouldn't trade the Pacific NW for anything! Now I served our Veterans by for the Portland VA.
My husband Dennis & I are a blended family with six kids ranging in age from 28 to 12 and have two grandchildren ages 9 and 4. We live 10 miles north of Portland, OR and love living in the beautiful Pacific NW.
My son, Pryce has recently graduated from FT "A" school and is heading to Naval Base Kitsap on the USS Louisiana Blue crew. He graduated boot camp in 9/11. Although we are a NAVY family, the submariner community is very new to me since all of my experiences to the Navy is surface ships. Any advise and education you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Was proud and encouraged it
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Its all about relationships, knowledge, communication and support. Being a Navy wife and Ombudsman has made me a stronger individual.
The one piece of advise that I will give to a parent, spouse or significant other of the person you are here to support your sailor...Be strong, be supportive, be a great listener and when they are deployed, if you can send goodies and letters from home.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 12:13am on August 10, 2011, firewife5 said…
Hi Vickie. I wonder if you could help me figure out something. I was scanning down through all the posts, looking for anyone with the same ship and div as my son. I noticed your post. It seems like we have our kids in the same group. :) I'm a little confused by all the Navy terms. I wasn't sure what TG meant, I was having a bit of a hard time finding info about our PIR date. From the RTC website, I think it's the 19th, right? Who knows, I could be wrong. But I think there's only 1 ship 7 and div 307 right? - Rachel
At 4:50pm on July 14, 2011, Evi said…

Hey Vickie,

Thought I replied yesterday -but apparently did something else!  I'm sure Rees would love some NUC words of wisdom.  Rees is 20 and we've been counting down to July 21 since November - at this point I just cannot believe it's here.  His grandfather was in the Navy in the 50s, but no other family has served so this will be new to me - I'm sure he will be fine, I'm just getting the butterflies.

Sure would be funny if the boys met up there.




At 11:28am on February 7, 2011, 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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