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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:
Im a single Mom since my son was 2 years old his Dad (Army a Vietnam Vet) passed away at the age of 39 so I have had a double duty with my son as Dad and Mom for most of my sons life and I have raised with the help of my parents and my fiancee who has been there for my son for the last 13 years he is now a wonderful young man.All the good qualities he has were formatted by the love and care of our family plus his will of being a good person and caring. we have have been very lucky to have the type of son that he is and we miss him very much. I have always being a hard working person many of times worked 2 jobs to support my son to give him the best. Im a college graduate of Graphics Design and eventhought at one time I had to leave my career for my sons needs i dont regret it for a second because his needs was the most important thing in my life and it formed a strong bond between us. As his mother and my only child, I was afraid of him joining the Navy but I support his decision and I'm extremely proud of him. I can't wait to see him at Graduation I just hope I can make it there,I hope I can financially afford the trip for his Grandmother and Stepdad would also like to be there to support him. Is funny how life is I have a foto of my son as a 3 year old wearing a sailor's outfit and now with God's help he actually will be a Sailor of the USA .We pray to God for my sons safety and for the rest of our troops that defend our Freedom. I was born in Cuba and came to USA as a 10 year old and became a US Citizen I have always been very patriotic for my Country United States of America 4th of July is my favorite Holiday for over 41 years and now more than ever my love and respect for USA is even greater. God Bless America and GO NAVY
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 5:52pm on September 16, 2011, txsailorsam-Donna said…
My dad was a die hard Redskins game. He hardly ever missed a game. SF likes his deployment. I am fortunate that he keeps in contact with me. I hear from him via ship to shore radio about once a week and facebook several times per week. He does not know how to skype. That would be fun. I'd love to be able to look at his face. I miss him. He has grown his first mustache. I'd like to see it. What rate is your son? Mine is a sonar tech. They promised him to change rates to journalism then went back on that. He is disappointed about that but likes what he is doing well enough. The deployment is in a place that doesn't have very interesting ports. Also not safe for them to move about freely. Of that he is not very pleased either. He was hoping to get to see more of the world. But it is what it is. He will make do.
At 7:43pm on September 4, 2011, JerseySusan said…
Hi Maria, just admiring all of your beautiful pictures. I especially "love" the B'Day cake (looks like your son couldn't be there),but you still had a cake for him, But  he made it home for Christmas!   Uh.... Oh.... also looks like you have some "Cowboy" fans in your family!! Big rivals with us South Jersey "Eagle" fans!!!!!
At 2:58pm on August 30, 2011, oregonmom said…
Hi Maria, my name is Lorelei. my email is . My son has been a cook on the ship since June. He loves it. Please send a note to my email. You are the only one I know on the ship also.
At 7:49pm on August 25, 2011, navymom777 said…
Thank you for adding me. Hugs and prayers for you and your sailor.
At 12:10am on June 17, 2011, Sue-Pillowcase lady said…

I have one of those hats too navy25.  My hubby is from NJ.  It's a pretty state.  What a handsome sailor you have.  My son is now a  navy vet and is on his way back home.


I started making pcs when  my son was deployed on the Lincoln in 2008.  I got the name Heads at Ease in January 2009.  We make and mail pillowcases for deployed military, all

branches of the service.  check us out:


At 8:12pm on December 2, 2010, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Welcome to the AECF group! We know how proud you must be of your son and looking for to him coming home for the holidays.

Please let us know what questions you may have and welcome to the group.
At 8:12am on November 22, 2010, Pat L. in IL said…
Hi navy25, Thank you for the friend request. According to Mapquest, it is 38 miles from Great Lakes to Villa Park. They are hosting the recruits from 9AM to 5PM and volunteers are welcome. The address is 39 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park, IL 60181. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Pat
At 9:58am on October 28, 2010, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Hi, I seen that your son is an ET so I wanted to invite you to join us at:

It is a group here with almost 500 members for our ETs and FCs.
At 10:05pm on October 21, 2010, Jen - Ship10mom(Div340) said…
You are obviously a very close family - you've done a great job Maria!!
At 6:26pm on October 14, 2010, Judy Proud Mom said…
Thank you, but he actually failed twice. He was supposed to PIR 10/8, but got pneumonia, which caused him to fail his run. Then moved to 10/15, still sick, failed run again. We found out the first time the day before we were leaving for Chicago, the second time the DAY we were leaving for Chicago

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