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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.


Son is leaving for Navy Boot Camp today, anyone else?

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Comment by mominva on May 10, 2011 at 1:45pm
Thanks a lot, feel a little lonely here.
Comment by Mamma B on May 13, 2011 at 4:57pm

Congratulations Mominva, I've sent 2 sons to Navy boot camp, and 1 to Air Force boot camp.  The first time I was a little sacred and he was my first so just missed him terribly.  You will hear from him just a couple of times - when they get there, which by now you have, midway through his training and then closer to graduation.  He will love notes from home so send him letters often.  It will be a great time of growth for him, but he will be ready for the Navy when he is done with recruit training.


The Navy does have much to offer, just be supportive at each step.  Don't miss graduation, it is a really important day for your sailor, and they get freedoms they won't see for weeks.  You will see changes you didn't expect.


Congratulations, and welcome to the Navy family.

Comment by mominva on May 13, 2011 at 5:41pm
Thank you Mamma B! It does help to hear from others that have been through this before. I appreciate the comforting words. I just wonder what he's feeling, if he's scared etc. (he would die if he knew I wrote that) I think all mom's think and feel the same things. I plan to go to graduation, my daughter is pregnant and having twins on June 30th so I hope I can get away! I'm so excited to see him I can't stand it!
Comment by Mamma B on May 14, 2011 at 3:25pm

Congratulations on the up coming twins.  Our son who's been in the Navy 12 years made OCS so he came home to go to college.  While here they had triplets 2 years ago, it was such a blessing they were close when they had them enjoy.  Now they are moving away :( to Florida where he will attend flight school.


You are feeling what ever mom feels.  My son sent home his personal belongs and I cried - it was belt and comb, and stupid stuff, but I cried, and thought is he safe is he is normal.  Trust me the Navy is taking good care of him.  That first  phone call we all cried most of it but it was the best phone call ever.


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