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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.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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I received her box today. She messed the address up twice and wrote her phone number on the box instead of mine. I can only imagine she must have been very scared and stressed as she was writing that. But it does name me wonder if I will receive any of her letters in the future. Guess I’ll just go do her dirty laundry for now.

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on January 14, 2019 at 1:09pm

Hi MJ - be sure to join the boot camp group - I left the link on your "my page".  Your daughter may not have been scared - just rushed!  Hang in there - and keep your phone handy at all times!

Comment by Chihuahualove3 on January 15, 2019 at 8:15pm

Hang in there. My recruit left 12/18 and the box came a few days before Christmas. I was in tears. However, when that first piece of mail arrives you will be able to catch your breath. Sending you a BIG hug. 


Comment by MJ on January 15, 2019 at 8:21pm
Thank you for your kind words. I just can’t wrap my mind around her not being here. I know I’m not alone or the first person to experience this, but it is nice to be reminded by all the supportive moms on here. At this point I still pick up my phone to send her a text some days before it hits me again that she’s gone.
Comment by MastiffMom on January 15, 2019 at 10:21pm

Every letter you write her, send a return envelope that you filled out and stamped for her.  It frees her time and it's already to go for her. Stay strong it does get better. 

Comment by Amanda on January 16, 2019 at 10:09am
H! She was probably just really nervous, my WIFE wrote my name wrong, crossed it out, then wrote it again LOL. She married me so I know she loves me and knows my name lol so definitely nervous and probably exhausted!
Comment by SPBG on January 16, 2019 at 5:56pm

I think she was probably nervous.  My son mis-spelled my name!!  LOL!   And our first letter wasn't addressed to anyone - just had our address!


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