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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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A little about me:
I am the mother of two sons. The youngest has enlisted and is waiting for boot camp. The oldest is in college and is planning to be a minister. I am a special education teacher. I enjoy knitting and needlework, and going to the gym with my youngest son. For now, both boys are still home with me and my husband.
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Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Trust that my son has researched and thought about what he wants to do, and they will guide him through the process. His recruiter answered all his and our questions. They are helping him prepare while he waits.

I have found my son is much more focused than I had thought.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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The next step has begun

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 4:36pm 7 Comments

Last weekend my family and I attended the PIR or graduation ceremony for my son and the other recruits. If anyone is reading this and considering whether or not to go, GO! The ceremony was impressive. When the Sailors started marching in, I became teary. The sound of the feet marching in step, watching them parade past the families and dignitaries, listening to them call out the Sailor's Creed in unison all are experiences you should have. The video clips do not do it justice. I hope…


Missing my son, but he would be proud

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 8:56am 1 Comment

Today I woke up at 5:30. By 6:30 I was up. I am a teacher and on summer break, and it's Saturday. Why couldn't I sleep?! I fixed some breakfast, and at 7:30 I went for a walk/ jog. I'll admit I am not a little girl, and am working to get in shape. I pushed myself to do more than I have in the past, and found I really can do more than I think I expected.  It is what I always told my son in the past when he wanted to give up. At one point I had almost decided to start walking, and told myself…


Setting Goals for myself while we wait

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 1:41pm 9 Comments

I thought I was doing great. I wasn't crying, or whining about my son being gone. Today I realized I needed to change what I was doing though. I was writing to him every day, thinking of him constantly, and had retreated into my house. Waiting in the silence. Waiting for the box, or letters. Today I got up at 8:30, and did little things around the house. By 10:30 I took a nap. I wasn't especially sleepy, just tired. I realized at noon, that this was not good. I cannot retreat into silent…


Today was the day he left

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 3:22pm 13 Comments

Yesterday we delivered my son to the recruiters. Today I drove into town to the base to see him sworn into active duty. I got teary last night and today, but didn't really cry. I thought I was doing amazingly. Then when I got home my phone had slipped under the seat, and I thought I had lost it. I fell apart. The picture of him before he got on the bus, and the message that told me "see you later momma, I love you" were on the phone. Thinking I had lost it, and I might have to get another…


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At 10:51am on July 18, 2012, AmberM04 said…

Sorry to be responding to your comment so late! Life sure has gotten in the way of things since my boyfriend got to boot camp. How are you doing? Have you received any letters or phone calls? I am looking forward to PIR! My SR's mom and I have discussed marriage ideas...she would like us to get married in their backyard since it has significance to us (we went to h.s. together and had all of our prom photos there). He doesn't know any of this is being discussed...I hope he still wants to after boot camp!

At 2:51pm on June 10, 2012, AO Mom said…

How are you doing?  I have a feeling that these 9 weeks are going to go by slow for me? I can' wait to get his information so I have the address to write to him!

At 8:41am on June 7, 2012, OhWendyPIR7/27(Ship 13 Div 229) said…

Good morning.  I wanted to check in first thing. I thought about you all night.  Did you get the call letting you know he was on base?  I remember laughing because he sounded so serious, it was just like I heard it would be.  Now just waiting on "The Box".  Keep yourself busy. 

At 4:23pm on June 6, 2012, OhWendyPIR7/27(Ship 13 Div 229) said…

I am so sorry for not totally paying attention before I commented back.  Not sure why I was thinking you had another week.  I had to keep myself busy.  My son made sure he left a ton a laundry for me to do after he left, so that was a lot of fun.  Where is the delete button when you need it?  I don't get much computer time when I get home, but I will be thinking of you tonight and look forward to hearing back from you. 

At 12:40am on May 9, 2012, BunkerQB said…

We have a Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie (clickable link). You'll find everything you need to get started. Videos, PDF files of boot camp processing days, links to all the important groups (including those listed in your blog by lemonelephant) plus tips on how to use this site. Keep in mind the videos and PDF files may take some time to download the first time you try it. It'll look like nothing is happening. You can always come here and get the info - right here on your own page.

Good luck.


At 1:45pm on November 1, 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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