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



Keep Your Family Safe: Practice Operational Security On Social Media



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Keep Your Family Safe: Practice Operational Security On Social Media

Sailors and Navy families can prevent potential adversaries from discovering critical information on social media sites by practicing operational security.

Examples of critical information includes where a ship is going and when it is returning home or information about Sailors who deploy as individual augmentees.

Navy families, too, should remain vigilant in not volunteering any information that could unnecessarily put their Sailors in harm's way. Deployed and even day-to-day operations are in many cases classified, and those sharing information with each loved ones or friends should recognize the importance of keeping sensitive information secure.

"Family members are vital to the success of the Navy," Shauna Turner, manager of the Deployment Support Program at the Fleet and Family Support Program, said. "But, potential adversaries also understand this."

It is not unprecedented for spouses and family members of U.S. military personnel to be targeted for intelligence collection. This is true in the United States and especially true overseas.

Navy family members all know some bits of critical information. It may not be classified, and it may even seem insignificant. But, to the potential adversary, it is a piece of the puzzle. The power of emerging media tools is a two-edged sword: It makes information exceptionally accessible when posted - for anyone who is interested, including potential adversaries.

When communicating on social media sites do not post the following information:

  • Exact deployment dates or return dates. This applies to ships, subs, squadrons and individual augmentees.
  • Dates or location of a ship's upcoming ports of call.
  • Detailed information about a mission.
  • References to trends in crew's morale or an individual's personal problems.
  • Details concerning security procedures, response times or tactics.
  • Information about equipment readiness.
  • Speculations about future operations.

"The main rule is to simply use common sense," Turner said. "Think before you post. Anything you post on social media, including photos, is instantly available around the world. When in doubt, don't post it."

Social media sites allow Sailors and Navy families to keep in contact like never before. It is a wonderful way to feel close to someone who is far away. Sailors and Navy families are encouraged to enjoy the connection that social media offers while practicing operational security and keeping mindful of the risks presented with the widespread dissemination of information.

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Comment by lemonelephant on April 9, 2013 at 11:28pm

The above information is posted at

There is also more on OPSEC and PERSEC in many of the groups on this site, such as that found in OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes To Your Profile) within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones).

Comment by NJNavy (IC,CS) on April 11, 2013 at 1:19am

This should be re- posted at least once a month!!


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