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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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Ministry to the Military at The Lighthouse
Wow! We had a really full day of ministry today! Kaitlyn, our new sailor, was going to join us today for church, and then for pot roast with potatoes and carrots for lunch, with Klondike bars for dessert. She texted us and said she had invited a friend to come to church with her. So we invited him to come over to the house for lunch too!
Yvonne and I got up early and started the roast and potatoes. Then we drove to Norfolk Naval Station and picked up Kaitlyn and Vladimir and headed up to Greater Discipleship Center for breakfast before church, followed by worship.
After church we came to the house, put the finishing touches on the pot roast, and had lunch. Vladimir was scheduled to fly out to his ship in the middle east today. But on the way to the airport, he found out his flight was cancelled. So we came back to the house and played Skip-Bo. Vladimir won the game! Then we shared prayer requests and prayed together. Finally, we drove Vladimir and Kaitlyn back to the base.
This was a grand day! Thank you Jesus!!

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Comment by Northwoodsmom on August 18, 2023 at 5:47pm

I just wanted to let you both know that I am working on my son to decide to do this. My second talk with him he sounded more open to it. He was raised in a Christian home but fell away from his beliefs in his early 20's. I am holding this up to Jesus, he use to memorize bible verses and sing Christian songs, I don't know what happened. Thank you for your work through Christ.

Comment by John and Yvonne on August 19, 2023 at 3:39pm

Hello Northwoodsmom!

Thank you for your message. And thank you for letting your son know about us. :) We will also hold him up in prayer! How old is your son now? It's always hard when our children walk away! But the Scripture says that Jesus leaves the ninety and nine and goes after the one lost sheep!

Yvonne and John

Comment by Northwoodsmom on August 20, 2023 at 9:14am

Thank you for praying for my son, he is 29 and a late bloomer. When he was younger he was so in love with Jesus and I would hear him singing songs to him. He use to memorize bible verses and I know with all my heart Jesus will bring him back. I truly love the song " The 99" it touches my heart so. God Bless you for your ministry for our young people.

Comment by John and Yvonne on August 20, 2023 at 7:08pm

Sometimes when they are on their own, they wander. But the Lord loves them and the Holy Spirit can bring back to their memory the songs they use to sing and especially the Bible verses they have memorized!  Isaiah55:10-11 says, "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

We have his word that all those verses  will be used by the Holy Spirit to bring them back to your son's memory! Praise the Lord!

We will continue to pray until those prayers are answered!




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