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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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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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I'm surprised I lasted this long.

I don't know if it was because I took my youngest for a haircut today and thought about his big brother getting his head shaved or if it's because ...aww man I miss him and my emotions just got the better of me.  There I was locked in the bathroom blubbering.  I'm still waiting for ship and division information...well time to write another letter.

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Comment by AshleysmomRosemary on April 2, 2011 at 11:42pm

aw take is so hard esp for us moms! When my daughter left she says mom dont be too sad you still have two other kids at home.. boy they just don't get it! We want all of them together again.. but of course we know we have to let them go to make their way! It is truly hard.. my daughter is expected to graduate April 15 and she's stilll not coming home! Off to A school.. well it will get better whent hey get to school.. at least we will be able to talk to them or video chat.Hang in there! There's a lot of moms out there who feel the samy way you do! The letter will come soon! Rosemary

Comment by SailorsWife'10 on April 3, 2011 at 5:35pm
I'm not a Navy mom, but a Navy wife. I know how hard it is to get through the struggles of my husband being gone and I can only imagine what it's like for a mom. My husband graduated 2/11/11 and he's already done with A School. He's currently at our duty station but I can't move with him until our house sells. :( Being away from our Sailors are the hardest thing. All I can really say is, your son is very strong for joining the Navy and be as proud as possible! Good luck to you, and you too Rosemary. :)


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