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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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At 5:57pm on July 23, 2011, PitaGirl said…
I got mine and my son is in Ship 3 Div 299 too!!! :)
At 3:46pm on July 22, 2011, PitaGirl said…
Hi FloJoe, no form letter here today :( let me know if you guys received yours :) Hope you're having a great day!
At 10:55pm on July 21, 2011, PitaGirl said…
Yes, same recruiter as you. I called him Wednesday and he said he was on vacation. My son went in as a E-1 but should have went in as a E-3. I called the recruiter in charge at the office yesterday to try and get that sorted out and he informed my son was still in processing. I didnt ask for the address. I'm going to wait for the form letter. Almost everything I read on here from the "veteran's" that post say wait for the form letter dont get the address from the recruiter because it could be wrong. Sometimes they move them around in the begining so the recruiter may not have the "correct" address. If you send mail out and the form letter is different it will delay your recruit getting their mail. I've read up to 2-3 weeks longer. So I'm just stalking the mail carrier waiting for the form letter. hahahahaha
At 12:56pm on July 21, 2011, PitaGirl said…
I got my "Kid In A Box" yesterday!!! No note though..What a stinker :) I had to call the the recruiter to ask a question yesterday and he said my son was still in processing. I didnt ask him for the address he just voluntered that he was still in processing. Hopefully I get the form letter early next week. I'm ready to start mailing these letters off!!! I hope all is going well for you and your daugher-in-law :)
At 10:55pm on July 19, 2011, PitaGirl said…
I didn't get my son's kid in a box today. Hopefully I will get it tomorrow :) I cant wait to get the form letter so I can start sending off the letters that I have written. I hope our boys are in the same division. It would be nice for the both of them to have someone they know. :)
At 2:28pm on July 18, 2011, PitaGirl said…
Hi Flojoe!! I sent you a "friend request" :) Yep, I'm pretty sure our boys went to Great Lakes together!  How are you and your daughter-in-law holding up? I still get teary eyed but everyday is an improvement.  I cant wait for the form letter so I can start mailing the letters that I have written.  My son was in DEP program for a year and I have so say "Navy for Moms" is a godsend :) I have learned so much valuable information by reading everything on here!!
At 10:35am on July 10, 2011, Chris's MOM said…
Hello my son just left for BC on the 8th and I am missing him like crazy. Can't wait till we hear from him again . He got one phone call when he got there. So keep praying and all will work out for you . This website is great too . You know there are other moms like us all over . Take care =)
At 4:53pm on December 30, 2010, 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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