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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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Have four adult children, four grandchildren, married for the second time. My last child is in the Navy as of 7/17/2012. I love scrapbooking, motorcycling, and my grandchildren.
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Keep Your Family Safe: Practice Operational Security On Social Media

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:09pm 2 Comments



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Keep Your Family Safe: Practice Operational Security On Social Media

Sailors and Navy families can prevent potential adversaries from discovering critical information on social media sites by practicing operational security.

Examples of critical information includes where a ship is going and when it is returning home or information about…


Week #2 of the Journey

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 7:24pm 0 Comments

Find myself puttering around the house staying busy, but all the while my thoughts are of my son and how he is doing, and what my new role is.  I have made more cards, made book marks, and have volunteered to writing letters and cards to men and women in BC, currently serving, and in the hospital.  I stumbled on a recent video of my son that is on my cell phone, I have been so full of emotions and thoughts that I forgot it was on there, lol!!  I played it over and…


A New Beginning

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 1:12am 2 Comments

How is it, that a BOX and a LETTER can bring on so many mixed emotions at once, lol!!  From getting the box to getting the letter today, my emotions ran crazy.......excitement, adrenlen rush, relieved, sad, happy, teary, and many more to say the least.  This child that I carried for 9 months and raised for 18, is now an adult and making huge decisions......and he has left, in search of the many things that will begin to mold him for his future.   He is my last to leave the nest, and I find…


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At 12:49am on August 13, 2012, IndyMom said…

Your sailor can not take anything back on base.  You must meet them at the airport unless he is going to A School in Great Lakes.  If he is then he needs to be checked in the A School there before you give it to him-so after check in on Saturday or Sunday.

At 9:55pm on August 3, 2012, Dylan'smom (AWF/Pensacola) said…

Hey how are you doing? Just wondering if you may have received a letter from your SR. We received ours yesterday. He said that the first week was rough..said they had very little sleep and did not get to eat much. He also said that the worse part was the series of shots that they had to get but as the days go by it is getting a little better. He said that they are really getting better since they are now actually doing stuff. Well let me know if you got a letter very curious as to what the other SRs have to say.

At 12:56am on July 27, 2012, cynthia/Matt'smom@SanDiego/FN said…

How is it, by just getting the "box" and the "letter", that they bring me so much emotions?  Excited, happy, relieved, sad, teary eyed, and many more?!!! LOL!!  I am feeling so blessed to say the least, and I know God holds my son in his hands!!

At 9:54pm on July 26, 2012, Dylan'smom (AWF/Pensacola) said…
Good Evening! I too am glad to know that there are others with the same ship/div. I was beginning to wonder if my son even had anyone in his Div. You are the first one that I have met who has someone in the same ship/div as my son.
At 3:19am on July 25, 2012, Mike's Mom (S-PACT/Yokosuka,JP) said…

OMG!! My folks are from Ashtabula. My step-dad grew up there and he turned 93 the other day. How can we pass along an email? I would love to talk to you more. My son arrived at GL on 7/17/12 and I  believe is in Ship 14/Div 292

At 7:45am on July 23, 2012, Jordansmom (ship14/div 292) said…

Hi!  I am going to try to get Jordan's address from his recruiter today.  His little brother and sisters have written to him and I would love to get them in the mail, as well as one from me!  I got some phone cards off the calls for recruits website.  Have you heard of it?  They give free phone cards to military in boot camp.  Jordan bought one before leaving but said he had no idea how many minutes were on it...he bought at a gas station...I want to make sure he is all set and able to call home whenever he has the opportunity!  Guessing the letter will come at some point this week...Hope you have a good Monday!!

At 11:41pm on July 21, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…
Hi! Thanks for your post. I'm so glad I found this site and all the supportive moms like you. Haven't gotten "the box" yet. It should be soon. Its going to my exhusbands house, but I hope he lets me know when it arrives. I miss my son so much!

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