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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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Getting worried about my sailor

Started this discussion. Last reply by bonnieb75 Jun 15, 2016. 2 Replies

Hey everyone. My son is a submariner on the USS Buffalo and is currently deployed. I usually get an email every other day but it's been over a week and I haven't gotten anything. I texted his best…Continue

I need strength-

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So last year my oldest at 18 decided to join the Navy. I was very young when I had him and raised him the best I could. It was tough but he and I had this special bond that felt so good... It was…Continue


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Tyler is currently stationed in Pearl Harbor. He is a submariner on the USS Buffalo. Just reenlisted for 3 more years.
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At 9:00pm on July 6, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Don't forget to make the changes below.

At 9:14am on June 30, 2016, Shea said…
All you need to do is search Loved Ones of Hawaii Submarine Sailors in Facebook and it will take you to the page. It's a closed group so you'll have to request to join and the instructions for that are on the right side of the where it says add members and description. There's a link for a document for you to fill out with a few questions. The lady who runs the page is Michelle Shoffstall and she's real sweet but also wants to make sure the page is secure for its users. Let me know if you have any problems.
At 6:48pm on June 23, 2016, Shea said…
I see your in Winter Haven. My step daughter and grandson live in Orlando. Are you a member of the closed Facebook group Loved ones of Hawaii submarine sailors? Lots of support there.
At 6:41pm on June 23, 2016, Shea said…
Hello there! No, my son is on the Louisville.
At 2:53am on June 16, 2016, lemonelephant said…

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

Also make change 3 while you are there so that this page is no longer open to EVERYONE (Anyone) with access to the web.

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 your Sailor.

At 2:52am on June 16, 2016, lemonelephant said…

You may want to check out USS Buffalo.


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