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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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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A little about me:
Married and the mother of 3 girls. I have encouraged all 3 to be self sufficient and independent. I enjoy running, especially with one or all of my daughters. I'm very proud of all 3 girls.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it

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At 9:42pm on April 13, 2013, Mary (Chris' mom) said…

Sorry my info is not more current. I can try to help you through the transitions between various stages. It's been four years since Chris was at DN. I know a few things have changed after Rear Admiral Train left soon after Chris graduated c school. I think she was a little more lax than the recent commanders. Your sailor will do great and will likely enjoy the Intel field.

At 11:40pm on March 22, 2013, vikiboo (12/167) said…

I hope that you hear from your girl tomorrow!

At 3:56pm on March 20, 2013, missG said…

Hi Marla Rae,

I too am looking forward to meeting you. What part of the country are you in?

At 12:00pm on March 18, 2013, Anna said…

Thank you for the friend request!!  I hope all is going well for you!!  Have you heard from your sailor girl??

At 11:30am on February 28, 2013, Anna said…


I'm glad you are going to get to go to MEPS to watch your daughter's swearing in!!  I was so thankful that I had that time at MEPS with my first daughter to enlist, and we even went to the airport to wait with her.  If nothing else her Dad and I helped calm her nerves.  Our son likes being an IS.  He did his first 4 year enlistment as an AO but couldn't find any civilian job that could use those skills!!!  So he went back in the Navy as an IS.  He just reenlisted for 6 more years.  He feels that this rating will really help him in the "real" world!!!!  My daughter was a PS and it was not a good choice for her.  She's out now, going to college on her GI Bill.  My other daughter (they're twins!) did college first and is now an Ensign going through flight training in Pensacola as a NFO.

Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.  I'll be thinking of you next week.  Let us know how you're doing!!!!  NavyMom hugs to you and your girl  {{{ . .}}}

At 11:17pm on February 27, 2013, Anna said…


I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!! We are a friendly caring group of moms and are always willing to listen, share and help each other whenever or wherever we can. Please feel free to join our chats, we love talking about everything from work, family, weather - whatever. Plus the joyful and anxiety filled journey of being a Navy Mom!!!  Let us support you when you're missing her, lend an ear when you need to vent, and celebrate with you when you want to brag!!  I see your daughter doesn't leave for bootcamp in March, and that you also joined Moms of IS.  Is that the rating your daughter is going into?  My son is an IS!!!  Oh, and something else we have in common  -  our family all lived in Augusta for 12 years!!  Left there in 03!!  I look forward to learning about you and your sailor!!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!


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