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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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Navy Speak

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



How is it, that a BOX and a LETTER can bring on so many mixed emotions at once, lol!!  From getting the box to getting the letter today, my emotions ran crazy.......excitement, adrenlen rush, relieved, sad, happy, teary, and many more to say the least.  This child that I carried for 9 months and raised for 18, is now an adult and making huge decisions......and he has left, in search of the many things that will begin to mold him for his future.   He is my last to leave the nest, and I find myself recalling the many memories from the past several years, even those before him.  There are no more children here......the rooms are quiet........and I feel the chapter pages closing.  I am looking forward to this new life changing chapter, but still feeling sad, lost, and incomplete, no matter how confidently I try to look at it.  Change is hard for everyone, and I am facing the challenge, it is what it is.  I am proud to be his mother, supporting him in everyway I can, and I know that by the grace of God..........I will be ok!!!!

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Comment by Matt's Mom-Ship12, Div-270 on July 27, 2012 at 6:37pm

I got that same box 3 weeks ago. it is the hardest thing i had to open, Matthew 3 1/2 weeks in and all i can do is send Lots of love. Got my 1st phone call Be ready It was a hard one. My son who never cry's was crying. Be strong for them and you will be OK. Send a whole bunch  of letters keep him in the loop. it helps.

just some help from a mom in Phoenix


Comment by cynthia/Matt'smom@SanDiego/FN on July 29, 2012 at 2:32am
BR549: thank you for your support and for the heads up on the area code to watch for. Denise: I am learning how the chocolate syrup is still in the fridge and not gone, lol, and that his belongings are not all over the house, yes, this is a good thing,lol. thank you for the support and your humor! Matt's Mom: my son's name is Matthew as well, I am looking forward to hearing his voice, needing the connection that's for sure, lol. I am writing him letters, gave his address to other family and friends, and am gearing up for graduation and being all I can be for him! thank you for your support and information on the first call!


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