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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 5:39pm on September 27, 2011, Philly5 (Justin's proud mom) said…
HI Sue.  Looks like your son is graduating this Friday, right?  Congrats!  I can't wait.  My son's is Oct 21.  Yes it is nice to see another mom going through the same thing and so close by.  How are you doing getting your scrapbook stuff together?  No my son did not play softball.  How are you doing?
At 9:31pm on September 19, 2011, janh said…

Hi Sue,

My son's rank is ET-NAV (navigation). He graduated from RTC on May 26, 2011. He left for Groton the next morning. It was a week or two before he started BESS (basic enlisted submarine school). That lasts about 8 weeks. Next he went through ATT (advanced technical training-electronics). He just graduated from that and is now on ACU (no sure what the stands for but it means they are waiting to class up). Next he will go to TCNO (technical computer networking). That should be 4-5 weeks. After that he will go A-school for his rank (NAV). That could be 6-9 months.

You don't get a lot of info about subs cause it's so top secret. This site helps alot cause you can ask those that have sons/husbands that have been through it.

You have a smart guy....they don't let just anyone into subs. Proud...proud...proud!

At 7:57pm on September 19, 2011, diannep said…
We think yours now goes T/W.
At 8:11pm on September 12, 2011, diannep said…
M/T  9/19-9/20
At 3:44pm on September 10, 2011, SheilaD said…
Hi Suems2 - My son is HT - Hull Technician.  He's in Division 350.  Has your son already deployed to his submarine? 
At 9:52am on August 31, 2011, paula57 said…
Hi Sue.  Cannot wait for Aug 23 - I wish they could call us again, it really stinks not being able to talk to them.  what is your son's name?  I'll ask if he knows him.
At 6:30pm on August 18, 2011, iluvalysa said…
hi Sue yeah i my letter too, and i cried then i wrote her back, cant wait for wednesdays now, sorry its been awhile with my return, im going through radiation and im real tiered most days. have a nice weekend.
At 8:26am on August 16, 2011, iluvalysa said…
hi again, e-meet you, thats cute. Alysa is my baby so it has been tough but her heart was so set on going into the Navy im very proud of her but miss her so much. My twin nephews are in the Navy and i went to their graduations so if you have any questions about it let me know and ill try to help, my name is Tammy. have a great day and i hope you hear from your sailor soon.
At 9:40pm on August 9, 2011, RED (Ship 11 Div 317) said…
Hi! How are you holding up? I sent you a friend request. Hoping to get to know as many div 317 moms as possible.
At 1:02am on August 4, 2011, Yvie said…
I was able to put my son's phone on Military suspension with no cost at all.  My carrier is AT&T and I did it all over the telephone, and computer.  They just need a copy of his contract and ID.  I copied before he left.  Good luck!    By the way my son left on 26 of July and I haven't received form letter.  I thought I would get it with box.  Exactly what is the form letter?  please help.  Thanks!

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