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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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Mary-Ryan's Mom
  • Female
  • Pecatonica, IL
  • United States

Mary-Ryan's Mom's Friends

  • karenek
  • janshed
  • Cindy-Molly's Mom
  • Taylorsugarb

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A little about me:
I am married & have 2 children-one daughter (married & expecting our first grandchild in July; and one son who has been in the Navy since June of '09--the last year in Hawaii. I am an X-ray technician.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was concerned or afraid
The Navy offers opportunities that...
My son has mostly loved his experience in the Navy. He goes on his first deployment April 15.

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At 8:58pm on April 15, 2011, Taylorsugarb said…

Hi Mary , How are things going for you today? Its been kind of a long day for me... One of many Im sure.  First Deployment . My sailor so very excited.

Hope all is well with you.


At 7:42pm on April 9, 2011, Cindy-Molly's Mom said…
Hi Mary..Is your son getting any leave time before he deploys?My daughter is expected to pull in about the middle of June.I just spoke with my son-in-law to figure out when we'll go out again to see her after that.Would love to see the ship come in but won't intrude on their reunion.Just knowing she's back home with her baby will make me feel better.She said they'll be pulling out in Nov. again for another 6 months.Not good. She's better at this than I would be.Hope you get a visit with your son before he ships out. Take care.
At 12:11am on April 5, 2011, Cindy-Molly's Mom said…
I know just how you feel Mary.The anticipation of what we don't know is the hardest part.If I'm not sure what is going on..I'll have so many crazy scenerios thought up that are no way close to what's really going on.When I finally did talk to my daughter after she was under way..I told her that the reason I was having such a hard time was because I felt that I was feeling all of her anxiety.Once I knew she was fine I could breath again.She has a 15 month old baby girl that I am terribly worried about.We went out to SD last week to visit the baby and my son-in-law.So now I am feeling the baby's confusion and lonliness as they really don't know anyone else out there except Molly's friends.I wanted to bring her back to NY with us but...not gonna happen.I have an Easter package going out to her in the am..I know it probably won't get there in time and hope the choc peanutbutter balls don't melt!Well,got a busy day at work tomorrow so better get to bed.This is such a great diversion though.Sleep well.
At 7:02pm on April 4, 2011, Cindy-Molly's Mom said…
Hi Mary,Just wanted you to know that I changed my profile name from cindy in paris.When I joined  I used a user name from my e-mail and the name just didn't make sense for here.How's it going today? Do you hear from your son often?I'm not used to hearing from my daughter so infrequently.She's always had shore duty and would call home 2-3 times a day.Now it's every couple of weeks.In the beginning I was a wreck like you feel but it did get better.Mostly because I know she's enjoying her ship and has made good friends.And this site helps.Take care and keep in touch.
At 10:07pm on April 3, 2011, carols_kitchen said…

Hi and Welcome. 

We are happy to have you on the Navy for Moms site.  You are invited to join either the Illinois or Missouri family page as listed below.  It is a great way to find families in your area and even help plan meet and greets. We also have some packing parties for our troops overseas getting together.

Looking forward to hearing from you in one of our groups!

Be sure and let me know if you have any questions!

PS.  Feel free to cruise my page and see if there are any other groups that interest you


At 9:39am on April 3, 2011, Mary-Ryan's Mom said…
To JessicaB-Sailor Mom--thanks for the tip.  I've changed it already.
At 8:35pm on April 2, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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! :) 



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