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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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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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


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  • Statham, GA
  • United States

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Welcome, arlene!

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A little about me:
I am a grandmother of two sailors, and one coast guard. I am 70 years old but very much involved with my grandchildren. I hope that by joining this group and can learn all I can about the Navy, the training etc.
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At 8:37pm on October 14, 2010, Mom-to sailor-Alli_Div950-10/29 said…
thank you for your input. I had planned to drive to PIR - leaving at some 0 dark 30 hour.... My daughter and DIL (the one's with kids) will take another rental car later. I hope we are abe to save seats. I cannot imagine a 7 yr old and 10 month old holding still for 3 hours until it begins.... not sure even I can do it!!!. I got many private emails about the Ramada and late shuttles and not desirable amenities. The Navy lodge is $65 per night, has internet, hair dryers and COFFEE!!! as for breakfast, they also have microwaves and refer. so cheerios will work for a few days. Thanks so much for thinking of me.
At 7:18pm on March 15, 2010, jgsmom said…
Your grandson did a fine job with the band, Arlene!
At 4:19pm on March 4, 2010, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Hi, wanted to welcome you to the site and let you know that we have a large group of GA families here as well. Just go to groups and enter GA Navy moms, please stop by and meet everyone - we would love to hear more about your sailors.
At 3:56pm on March 3, 2010, abieostroff said…
Hi, I hope we will be able to meet at the greet and meet at the Ramanda hotel. That is were my family and I are staying.I cannot believe the time is coming. It seems so long that he left and yet here it is.
Have a save trip, Cameron's grandma, abie
At 10:29pm on February 23, 2010, abie said…
Hi, thank you for emailing me. I am very close to Cameron as well. He has lived with me,on Cape Cod, for 8 summers.. We have bonded from day one. I loved having every summer wtih him. When Cameron told me he was joining the navy, I was very proud of him. He made this decison on his own. He knew he needed to do something with his life and found this. He is going to be a corpsman. My late husband (17 years ) would have been proud of him as he was an er doc and his mother Jana is a pacu nurse.
Where are you staying for graduation?. We are at the Ramada. If you are there I am sure we will meet. . Keep your fingers crossed for battle stations. Be well, Ann-Beth
At 9:39am on February 22, 2010, abie said…
Hi, my grandson, Cameron Backus, seems to be in the same division as your grandson. C goes to Battle Stations on 3-4-10 as well. I am sure they will all do fine (i secretly keep my fingers crossed). Nice to know there is another grandmam out there. Are you going to graduation?
At 11:23pm on February 5, 2010, lemonelephant said…
Welcome. Your Username appears to contain your last name. If so, you may want to change it AND your web address (URL) above so they do not include your last name to keep everyone safer. See to tell you how to do BOTH. Blessings to you and yours.

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