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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 12:59pm on November 4, 2011, debschnell said…


P.S.  Could you call tomorrow?  Today is our anniversary, and we're going to be out and about.  Thanks.

At 12:59pm on November 4, 2011, debschnell said…

Hi --- I sent an e-mail back to you, but just noticed it was a "no reply" for personal e-mails and is a comment on my page.  Please call me.  Thanks --- Deborah

At 10:41pm on October 25, 2011, debschnell said…
Hi --- I sent an e-mail to you, and just received a failed delivery notice because the service for Navy for Moms was busy.  I felt it was too late to call you; however, if you're still up, give me a call if you like.  Tomorrow, I'll be leaving for bible study at 8:45, and Richard and I have some business to take care of which will put us back home around 4:00.  The car is arranged for, and I'm still aiming for a noon departure if till okay with you.  We'll catch up with each other.  I'm really getting excited about our trip.
At 12:36am on October 24, 2011, Valtameri said…

Hi Donna,

Nice to hear from you! I was just thinking of your son today; I hope he is doing well on his deployment. My son will be able to come home soon for a short leave, then he will be going on his first deployment as well.

I will give you a call one day, when I think of it before midnight!

At 9:22am on October 20, 2011, debschnell said…
Donna --- I have a rental car and am working on a motel.  Will keep you posted.  Enjoyed our talk and look forward to our trip.
At 2:09pm on October 15, 2011, debschnell said…
My sailor is on his first cruise  and is an undes right now.  It's supposed to be a short one, but, gosh, the worry has started up all over again.  Falling overboard, getting injured.  He is the only grandchild.   My husband and I raised him, and he is almost 21.
At 2:02pm on October 15, 2011, debschnell said…
Hi --- I'm on board.  I haven't set up my page yet, but will let you know when I do.  Thanks for the invite.
At 7:44am on October 12, 2011, K2011 said…
Good Morning Donna! My daughter is in Fl now on hold will be meeting Carney soon. How is your son? does he like it? Just getting nervous! Have a nice day thanks Kelly
At 11:31pm on September 22, 2011, K2011 said…

Thanks for the info! Glad to hear your son is doing well.She is an undes. and only 19. Just a little on edge about first deployment! But I guess all first time moms are!  I will just continue to pray for her and her fellow shipmates!

At 5:14pm on September 16, 2011, navy25 said…
Hi Donna, for some reason I cant respond on the private section of N4M but if you like to email me its I usually check my email on a daily basis.My stepsons Dad is a diehard Dallas Cowboy Fan and Yes Im a Redskin Fan LOL.I was just thinking deployment is going to be as bad as BootCamp not hearing much from them but worst because they can sometimes go out for 6 or 7 months.Im guessing this is his first deployment.Are you close to where that Sailor Sean lives in Pittsburg TX.Im so heartbroken over this loss. Love to keep in touch,Maria

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