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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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I have been good and waited to post to my blog until my daughter had a MEPS date.  I was out of town for the holiday and she called me yesterday (Tuesday) to let me know she will go to MEPS tomorrow and Friday.  The first of many "hurry up and wait" dates is almost here.


K is in college but is so ready to start her Navy career.  She is hoping for Cryptography (depending on her DLABs) or something in Intelligence.  Her back up choices are Aviation and Gunner's Mate.  I am hoping Cryptography and/or Intel is available for her.  She knows many, many Sailors who have advised her to wait until her rate is open but she is so anxious to start, I am afraid she will sign for any job.  Hopefully by Friday her nerves will be settled and she makes the decisions that are right for her now and in the years to come.



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Comment by Britt<3Corpsman Wife on September 7, 2011 at 9:27pm
My husband has been to MEPS twice so far. First to take his ASVAB, then to take his physical and tomorrow morning he is going to hopefully get a job. Each time he went before they told him there would be a possibility of a job being offered by the end of the day, but nothing was ever available. Hopefully tomorrow is his lucky day! Let me tell you it is very nerve racking to not know what is going on all day long. Luckily, I work a full time job so my "worrying" time is consumed with work. But it is in the back of my mind. I wish you and your daughter the best of luck!!! : )
Comment by mom2kandq on September 7, 2011 at 10:10pm

Thanks, Britt.  I am sure she will be fine.  She got home from work and school tonight and is much calmer than yesterday.  She knows what she wants and how to get it - by waiting if that's what it takes.  I hope she gets a job offer by Friday but this is the military she is working with. ;-)


Good luck to your husband!

Comment by Britt<3Corpsman Wife on September 8, 2011 at 4:46pm

Hi there Mom2kandq....

Hubby went down to San Diego bright and early this morning. They arrived just after 7 am and at 11:45am his recruiter was told the only jobs they were offering today were Nukes and Reservists. Unfortunately, he has aged out of that being an option for him. So he and his recruiter are planning on going back the end of the month or early next month. Have you heard anything from your daughter yet? Good Luck!

Comment by Bandito's Mom on September 9, 2011 at 1:44am

Britt<3, rumor has it the beginning of the month, maybe even the first day, is when new jobs/needs get posted....


Comment by mom2kandq on September 9, 2011 at 6:00am

Kaitlin did very well on her ASVAB yesterday.  Didn't quite qualify for Nuke (which is okay, she didn't want it) but did qualify for lots and lots of other jobs.  She is in medical this morning and then meets with the career counselor.  Since she did better than she thought she would, I have no idea what she will sign for - or what she will be offered.


From what I understand, each region has different jobs to fill each month. I know that from the middle to end of August, only had Reservist positions to fill.  Kaitlin waited because she wants to go Active duty.


Right now I am waiting for a call from her recruiter so my husband and I can drive up to her swearing in.  I can't believe how proud of her I am!  She has done some amazing things in the past but this tops them all by far.



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