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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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New To Navy Life and about to be on our first deployment!!

My Husband and i just recently got married while he was home on leave after his basic training, he is now in Bremerton, Washington, as of last friday and we found out he will be deploying towards the end of this month, so im headed up there to spend a few days with him before he leaves for his long deployment im very scared and torn about this deployment because it will be very long, and our first one im also excited to get it out of the way first hand so he will be home for awhile after, but does anyone have any suggestions on how to make the time fly by and keep strong?

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Comment by ski-nanny on August 8, 2012 at 12:45am

Get involved in something that interests you.

If you need support contact your command Ombudsman.  Also check out the Fleet and Family Service Center.  Ifyou haven't hear about COMPASS you also need to check the program out -

Your command should also have a Family Readiness Group.

Comment by corischauer26 on August 8, 2012 at 1:04am

well im still at home here in texas he just left to go up there friday and found out his ship will be deploying so im staying home his whole deployment and then will move up there when he gets back! i also found out that i can do a tiger cruise im so excited about that and im going to be flying up to washington to visit him before he deploys!! 

Comment by corischauer26 on August 8, 2012 at 1:04am

thank you for you advice (:

Comment by ski-nanny on August 8, 2012 at 1:10am

You can still contact the ombudsman, and also check out COMPASS.  Navy FamilyLine also have lots of resources for new Navy wives.  

While he's deployed you need to do something for you - make sure you're not just sitting at home waiting for him.  

Comment by corischauer26 on August 8, 2012 at 1:46am

oh no i wont i have a full time job and i will be taking classes i have alot lined up to start off with and to keep my mind off of it, is it your son, daughter or husband in the navy?

Comment by corischauer26 on August 8, 2012 at 3:03am

i keep hearing that alot what is Ombudsman?

Comment by corischauer26 on August 8, 2012 at 7:39pm
awh really whys that?:(
Comment by ski-nanny on August 8, 2012 at 8:49pm

The Ombudsman is the liasion between the command and the families.  It is a civilian appointed by the CO and is usually a spouse.  This person should be your first point of contact for any problems you may have - military or not, but can only give information and referrals, she can't solve the problems for you!

Comment by corischauer26 on August 8, 2012 at 8:55pm

oh okay thanks i appriciate it!

Comment by Jesse's Girl on September 20, 2012 at 8:47pm
How long was he out of basic before he found out he's being deployed? I plan on marrying my fiancé after bootcamp, which should be over sometime in November. What is your husbands rate?


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