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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Hello N4M's,

We have been receiving many messages and issue reports regarding emails flooded with notifications from groups and mass forwards. We have contacted Ning and they have provided some insight on how to manage this.

You can control your email settings by signing in, clicking Settings on the right hand side, then clicking the email tab (left side). There you can choose the kind of notifications you want to receive.

If you want to stop receiving email from comments, groups, events you have already followed, you will need to click the "Stop Following All" link on that page as well.

Please let us know if you are still experiencing trouble.

Elizabeth and Colleen

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Comment by BunkerQB on February 19, 2010 at 8:43pm
To new members,
Read the following discussion for additional tips about notifications for emails, comments, etc and get in the habit of checking your personal page, your inbox and your groups' pages. Use the search function before posting a new blog to see if a similar discussion/blog has been posted already.:
1. Private Messaging and Posting Comments.
2, Some "How To" and "Don't Forgets"
Comment by BunkerQB on February 21, 2010 at 1:45pm
Kathleen, I had that problem at the beginning. Describe which notifications you would like, later tonight I'll see if I could remember what I did. I had no intention of become a computer geek (even hate computers sometimes) but we are sort of cornered, aren't we? LOL.
Comment by BunkerQB on February 22, 2010 at 4:04am
I think about 3 mos ago, ning might have had a system upgrade, change servers - one of those things. On your status box (that's the little box on the upper right hand corner), click on Settings, then click on Email. Here is where you can set your email notifications. Next, go back to Profile. Check the email address indicated. Is this where you want your notifications sent. Lastly, if you have Norton or McAfee, have you upgraded recently. Sometimes, if you set your security too high, nothing gets through. I have N4M notifications going to a separate folder in my inbox. So, when someone post a message on one of my groups (that I have set to "Follow"), it'll go into this folder. Notifications of private messages don't go into this folder because the notification is from another individual and not a group message - so these stay in my inbox.
Try this and see if you starting getting the notifications. Talk to you later. Bee
Comment by BunkerQB on February 22, 2010 at 7:18pm
How about signing up for free email address from gmail and change your notification email address to that and see what happens. There shouldn't be any reason.
Comment by LLovesmysailor on April 10, 2010 at 9:25pm
Ever since the upgrade last night, I have been getting e-mail notifications from groups I don't and never have belonged to in the past... They seem to be random and are clogging my in box. I've tried going to these groups, but I'm not listed as a member there and can't seem to get this problem to stop. I just continue to get random notifications from different groups, changing with every down load of my e-mail.


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