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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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At 1:24am on December 27, 2016, lemonelephant said…

I saw you on. I still suggest the changes below and perhaps change 4 as well.

At 12:43am on August 8, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Click on OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and the Page will open in a new window. Read the Page and follow the directions at the bottom to make change 3 (see the words in bold) so that this page is no longer visible to EVERYONE (Anyone) with access to the web. Don’t forget to click the “Save” button at the bottom.

m.y.o, also make change 2 to change the URL to this page so that it no longer contains your last name.

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 you or your Sailor.

At 12:15am on May 23, 2016, lemonelephant said…

The Page, What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology), will help you with many of the new terms you will come across.

At 11:53pm on May 22, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Join USS Maine SSBN-741/Naval Base Kitsap (Bangor)  to connect with others with loved ones on that sub. You may also want to join Bangor/Bremerton/Kitsap Sailors and Family, and/or Sub Moms.

At 8:30am on August 28, 2015, elizabeth Nuke mama EM said…

Hi Cathy,

Roscoe is just north of Rockford.  

Where is your sailor?

At 12:14am on April 10, 2015, RefuseToSink said…

yay! hello friend!!! :) 

At 10:50pm on March 29, 2015, dadofnuke said…

Hi Cathy.

At 3:32am on June 26, 2014, OKst8Mom said…
Thanks, Cathy! I'm still in the Navy 101 phase of all of this, but I'm sure I will have tons of questions once we get past the first few weeks of RTC. I am going to email his recruiter tomorrow and get a copy of his contract, too, so I have all of that info.

Thanks again and have a great weekend!
At 12:43am on April 29, 2014, mrsb said…

Hi Cathy!  Nice to meet you!  I know you've gone to bed as you are a couple hours ahead of me.  We used to live in Round Lake, of all places!  I didn't even know about RTC when we lived there-and to think we were only about 15 miles away!  My Sailor was almost 4 when we moved from there to So Cal-seems so long ago but then again it doesn't.  Went way too fast.  Anyhow, nice to meet you and will talk to you later!


At 12:52am on July 10, 2013, funparklady Ship14 Div318 said…

Thank you Cathy.  Look forward to chatting.


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