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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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What a diference a year makes...

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 11:23am 0 Comments

This time last year we were leaving to head to Great Lakes for our oldest sons PIR.  The entire trip, including the 15 hour car trip with my husband and other 2 children, was one of the greatest times of our lives.  I wish I could do it again!!  Fast forward he is now only 5 hours away and we see him as much as possible...who knows how long that will last!  Loving it for now and savoring every moment..

Home for Christmas

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 4:43pm 4 Comments

We just booked the flight for our son to come home from Pensaola for 2 weeks starting Dec 21st!!!  Can't wait to finally be able to spend some time with him other than the "drive-by" we had after PIR in September.  Hopefully many, many of you will be able to do the same with your sailors!!!


Posted on September 18, 2012 at 10:48am 2 Comments

My son graduated from boot camp on Friday and was in Pensasola Fl. Sunday morning.  He has to go to Aircrew candidate school before A school (at least that is my understanding). And essentially another month of boot camp on the marine side of the base.  Has anyone been down this road?  It just starts my worrying all over again!!

Almost here...

Posted on September 8, 2012 at 10:52am 1 Comment

Our son graduates this Friday...  it is finally here!!  We have been lucky enough to have talked to him 5 times since he got there which has been a huge blessing...  even as recently as last night he called.  He is very happy and can't wait until Friday.  He said it is very low key now..they even got to eat Taco Bell one day!!  To all the moms who still have weeks ahead...  hang in there!!  We thought we sent a wonderful, mature man...  we are getting back even more than that!!

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At 9:03am on September 27, 2012, momofchris said…

Hi Kathleen.  My son is at A school in Great Lakes.  He is undesignated for now. He finishes there on the 17th of Oct and then on to Pearl Harbor.  He just called the other night and told us once he gets there he is being transported (somehow) to a port (somewhere) where he will be on a ship for 7 months.  I asked him if he was excited or scared, and he said 'a little scared, I think'.  I told him that's because it's the unknown and to know in your heart, this is what you have been training for.  Hopefully, he will come to terms with it and become excited.  He has always been my kid (I have four and he is the second oldest, at 23) that has not been good with change.

At 10:06am on September 21, 2012, MOMOF2BOYS said…

Finally have someone from NJ!!!!  Talked to Joe last night and he said how excited he was to be going to the beach on Saturday!!  Seeing him on 9-7 graduation he was so pale!  Always being inside and if outside, covered up and his hat.  So hope he will enjoy his time on Saturday!

At 12:02pm on August 20, 2012, cynthia/Matt'smom@SanDiego/FN said…

Welcome Kathleen, how are you doing?  we have just 24 more days and we will see our son's!!  It's been a long day so far and it's only 12:00 noon here, lol!  feeling a bit under the weather and missing my son, we are close and he is my youngest, so feeling the emptynest too, hahaha!  clearly only something a parent can understand.  Hope you are doing good and that you are getting letters and a few phone calls.  take care and I will talk to you later.

At 1:47pm on August 2, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to NAVYForMoms!

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! :)


At 12:33pm on August 1, 2012, Mommaof4 (FN/MM Groton CT) said…

Hi! I am finally on today. Sent you another message via chat. Hope you are holding up ok.

At 2:06pm on July 31, 2012, Mommaof4 (FN/MM Groton CT) said…

I just sent you a message through chat. :)

At 5:17pm on July 30, 2012, Mommaof4 (FN/MM Groton CT) said…

My oldest son is 22 and then I have 2 younger children, Bradley who is 10 and Ashley who is 5. They miss him so much. Ashley keeps asking when he is coming home and the worst part of that question is, I don't have an answer for her. :(  Did you grow up in Haddon Heights? I graduated from High School there. In fact Matthew's girlfriend lives in Haddon Heights.

At 4:10pm on July 30, 2012, Mommaof4 (FN/MM Groton CT) said…

I'm so sorry, my name is Joyce. My sons name is Matthew and he is ship 14 div 289. His A school is in Connecticut. He is going to be on a nuclear sub. I feel the exact same as you. I honestly have been so sad and feel like no one in my family understands, especially my husband. I feel so alone in this. I have only met 2 other moms that are on my sons ship and division. I am trying to find out as much as possible because my son's recruiter was not honest in everything that was told to us I am finding out. I booked 2 rooms at the Marriott Courtyard. I heard that was really nice. Where are you staying? I booked it for 2 nights but not sure when my son is leaving for A school. Apparently you don't find out until you get there!  I think that is so crazy.

At 3:07pm on July 30, 2012, Mommaof4 (FN/MM Groton CT) said…

Kathleen, I completely understand how you feel. These past 2 weeks have been so hard. I don't think I have ever cried so much. I knew this is what he wanted to do also but I still wasn't prepared to feel so sad. My son only did one semester of college before saying that was enough and signed up for the Navy! He has been in DEP since last December. Thought that would be enough time to change his mind but he didn't. It does help to talk to other moms that are going through the same thing. Do you know what A school he will be going to after?

At 1:30pm on July 30, 2012, Mommaof4 (FN/MM Groton CT) said…

Hi Kathleen! I see you are from Haddon Heights! Is your childs PIR 9/14/12 also?


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