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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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  • Nana Donna (nanaTo2Saliors)
  • Chrissy (Ship 12 Div 159)
  • my favorite Martian (Groton)
  • StaceyStan
  • Lois
  • jtoneonly (12/159)
  • Defiance Mom
  • jbird
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  • soonergirl99 12/159~5/6/11~Big E
  • shelly (HM in SA)
  • Mommabee2

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my son is serving aboard the uss germantown in japan
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
hurry up and wait and no news is good news
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 3:41pm on August 16, 2016, lemonelephant said…

It's not a good idea to post a pic of your Sailor every time you post. See change 4 in OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). To increase PERSEC, don't include ANYONE in your profile pic.

Also make change 3 (see the words in bold) so that this page is no longer visible to EVERYONE (Anyone) with access to the web. Consider "Just My Friends" since you have chosen to include pics on your My Page. (You can make change 6 to delete the pics.)

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP Code to one that is not easily associated with you or your Sailor.

At 3:39pm on August 16, 2016, lemonelephant said…

What is your Sailor's rating (job/specialty) and/or where is he stationed (what vessel, if one)? There may be groups I can direct you to.

At 2:34pm on August 7, 2012, ENMomJapan@8-12(Pat) said…

I could not find you on Facebook.  I'm Patricia Perez on Facebook.  Please find me.

At 1:10pm on August 9, 2011, MarianneKT's Mom said…

Nicksmum, I read your recent post on the Japan site.  Did you see this article?

USS Germantown Holds Change of Command During Brisbane Port Visit
BRISBANE, Australia – Cmdr. Carol McKenzie relieved Cmdr. A. D. Hull as commanding officer during a change of command on board the forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) while the ship is in Brisbane, Australia during a port visit Aug. 5.

When did your son arrive in Sasebo?  My daughter is on the USS Essex and has been there since April 2009.

At 1:14am on April 3, 2011, cyndaroo7 said…

Hi Nicksmum,

She is doing alright.  She has an interest in  Medical school after taking the first aid portion of bootcamp so we are getting ready to get her into school.  Also she is looking for a job, but has had no luck yet.

How long has he been home and how did he get a job so quick?  Why was he sent home, if you don't mind my asking?  Don't tell me if you don't want to.  thanks for asking about Suzi.  I personally think she wasn't emotionally ready for bootcamp and living her own life just yet.  She's a little immature for her age.  Her legs are feeling better unless she works out then they hurt a lot again.  Her ingrown toenail is looking much better too.  She may not need any surgery at all!

Thanks for asking!


At 10:03pm on April 2, 2011, my favorite Martian (Groton) said…
Nicksmum ~ "crazy ride" is so right! I'm surprisingly more stable after receiving the first letter and first real phone call. This site has already been very helpful...lots of good reading here.
At 8:21pm on March 31, 2011, Defiance Mom said…

Nicksmum . . . thank you for sharing your son's letter.  You can really start to feel like you know these fine young men through their letters.  It was great of you to share with us all.  Please try not to dwell on the missed call.  At least you know he seems to be doing quite well.

At 8:01am on March 25, 2011, jbird said…

hi nicks mum!

Can't wait to meet you and yours too!

At 5:41pm on March 20, 2011, ebigirl said…

Thank you for friending me and for your understanding. My son (Chris) is my only child. It just doesn't seem "right" that we travel from Washington for his PIR only to see him for a few hours after PIR and then "possibly" on Sat. at the airport. I will cherish every moment we have with him for sure. We will be there no matter what, but it's ironic that when we are still in Chicago he will be flying to California! I guess I should get used to the Navy way of doing things. We are driving from WA via Omaha, NE to pick grandma up! Should be an interesting trip as we are bringing Chris' girlfriend with us! Yes, I'm a little bit crazy! Pray for me please. :)

Is your son leaving for A school on Sat. also? Where is he headed nd what will he be studying? Chris is headed to Port Hummene (sp?) on the Calif. coast as a Seabee and training to be a CM (construction mechanic). I see you are from Temecula, CA. Where is Temecula?  Chris actually enlisted as a Reserve to get his foot in the door and will be stationed in Everett, WA when he's done with A school. At least he will be close to home after A school for awhile.

Again, thanks for your friend request. Are you planning on going to PIR? If so, I'd love to meet you!

Monica  (ebigirl is my screen name)


At 8:27am on March 19, 2011, stingyb21 Ship12 Div158 said…
Got my letter we graduate 5/6 he is ship 12 division 158

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