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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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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josh'saunt (Patricia)
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  • Goddard, KS
  • United States

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At 8:42am on June 30, 2012, MarianneKT's Mom said…

Hi, my daughter Katie was in Sasebo, Japan, for years.  We were fortunate to be able to go on a Tiger Cruise with her. She was also able to take leave a few times and come home.  Katie missed a graduation, confirmation, birthdays - just for the immediate family.  It is hard on them and on you (the family).  It's hard to know if talking about the events more helps them or not, or just makes them miss it more - everyone is different.  Katie was very good at emailing us, but from the commens of other Moms, the guys, in particular aren't always ---but then again, the only 'active' Moms on her ship had sons - rarely did I read posts from the Mom of a daughter. Katie only had a phone that worked in Japan, but could call for free from the USO (which she didn't). She used ship to shore cards on occasion, didn't really skype, but regular emails from sea via her acct and her sbc account when in port.  I sent some letters, but since she was so regular with emails, it was usually just cards.  Packages went out no less than once a month.  Sometimes it included things she couldn't get at the NEX - like a particular brand of something - or a favorite that just didn't carry.  Always homebaked goodies!  Since Katie had the only Mom in the  'shop' who sent homebaked - she opened every box in the shop and shared. After a while, I started getting requests and was happy to accommodate.  I even sent a box or 2 since she came back to the states (now stationed in Norfolk) for one girl's birthday (she loved gingersnaps) and one of the guys I met on the 'cookie crew' whose favorite was rolo/chocolate cookies.  Hope things will be better now that you have his address.  As for cookies...I send all kinds and put them in freezer quart ziploc type bags.  Katie always said to underbake them by a minute or so - they get hot on their way over.  If I chose to send brownies or bars, I put them in a box lined with wax paper and wrapped with saran....sometimes it was a Kleenex box.  I always use the APO/FPO priority flat rate boxes and order them online for free along with the customs forms you have to fill out. 


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