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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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Life of an empty nester

Started this discussion. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Sep 18. 1 Reply

Well it's almost been a week since my son shipped out. The days seem to be moving very slow. The house is extremely quiet with the exception of my fur babies.  I can't wait to hear from him. Going…Continue


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Tricia commented on NavyMom9519's blog post 'Driving to PIR 11/01'
"I am driving as well, graduation date is 11/8.  It can't come fast enough.  Thanks for the driving tips! "
Oct 5
VIII-I-MMIX commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"First letter from my brother arrived today. Just in time for my birthday. I think that’s why he chose to send it to me. He passed his first PFA, but unfortunately failed his 5min prone test. He said that he will get his wisdom tooth removed…"
Oct 5
VIII-I-MMIX commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Finally received the form letter and my brother’s address. His graduation is November 15th. No I can start mailing all my letter. No personal letter though. "
Oct 3
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Tricia - that shouldn't set your SR back on graduating.  He probably had a few days SIQ and is back with his training group.  I'm sure all is well! DaddysGirl - not sure about her hair falling out - maybe a combo of stress and…"
Oct 1
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DaddysGirl commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"We received 4 letters in 2 envelopes yesterday.  Our daughter has had a rough start - emotionally.  She asked me to write her and remind her why she is there.  I think I remembered all the reasons she had given me prior to…"
Oct 1
Tricia commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"I finally heard from my SR last night! I was so excited!! He missed the first round of calls.  He had a tooth pulled a couple days ago and it didn't clot! He had to have additional procedure to stop the bleeding and then had to be in bed…"
Oct 1
Tricia commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Yes, I have as well.. thanks"
Sep 30
VIII-I-MMIX commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Thank you very much. Did it already. @B’sNukeMom"
Sep 29
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"USPS Informed Delivery - Sign up and receive an email from the US Postal Service showing what mail you will be getting each day (if available in your area).   Informed Delivery®"
Sep 29
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VIII-I-MMIX commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Hello again @JazMom ... I figured it out. Thank you in advance. Though I have one more question. Since that’s your first letter ... does that mean that’s also the first time you sent him mail? Coz I haven’t sent him anything…"
Sep 29
VIII-I-MMIX commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"@Jazmom ... is your PIR also November 15th? And I read somewhere how to sign up for the mail, but can’t find the information again. Can you please share? Thank you."
Sep 29
Tricia commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"My son shipped out on September 12th... Ship 14 Division 429.."
Sep 29
VIII-I-MMIX commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"@BNuke ... ok thank you."
Sep 28
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Keep in mind it can take 9-14 business days to receive the letter. You’re still within that window. Hang in there - it should be soon!"
Sep 28

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First Letter from my SR

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 10:36pm 18 Comments

I received my first letter from my son today! I was so excited when I opened the mail box and seen his letter. I didn't even get through the first sentence and the years were flowing. He's doing well and seems like he's adjusting being away from home, although he listed a few things he misses. He said he's eating healthy which made me chuckle a bit. It's only been a couple of weeks but feels like forever...He mentioned how excited he was to get his uniform and see his name stitched on it, he… Continue

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At 10:41pm on September 25, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Divisions 429 and 430 are brother divisions and train together and will have Battle Stations-21 (BST) together, so look for others with loved ones in either division. Write to your recruit and ask when Battle Stations-21 (BST) will be so you will know when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call.

There is info on Ship 14 and more in Ship/Division--How it Works.

At 5:49pm on September 17, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Arrival and What Happens at RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening and what to expect.

Be sure to join your PIR group once you get The Form Letter, which now arrives 9 to 14 business days after your recruit's arrival at RTC. Let me know when you know your recruit's ship and division. I will have more info for you.

At 5:45pm on September 17, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. 

If you would like information on your recruit’s rating (job/occupational specialty) or field, then let me know the rating or field. There are groups for most specialties and/or "A" Schools and knowing that will help you to better plan for PIR weekend.   

Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 6:03pm on September 12, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question. 

This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  

Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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