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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."

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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This is my first post. My son left for BC Aug 14th. He was in processing a week longer than normal because he was put in a 900 division that needed to be filled up. He has absolutely loved boot camp and all of his letters have been so upbeat and positive. It has really helped me stay positive and not dwell on missing him so much. He started week 4 on Monday, but we got a call from him on Tuesday. Apparently he had broken his pinky finger 10 days earlier. It was put in a splint, but when he went back for a check up I guess it wasn't healed enough. So now he has been told he is being set back 2-4 weeks. He was super bummed when he called. He was looking forward to all the hands on stuff that was getting ready to start and every letter talked about how much he was looking forward to performing in the PIRs. I am just worried about my boy and so dang mad about the stupid pinky because if he were home we would just tape that thing up and keep on going!

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 20, 2019 at 12:44pm

Hang in there Liz!  They want to make sure he's healed up so he can move on.  A 2-4 week setback isn't a big deal in the overall scheme of things.  Keep encouraging him and sending positive letters - he's got this mama!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 20, 2019 at 12:46pm

They may have moved him to Ship 4 temporarily while he is healing.  Here's the link:

RCU ship 4

Comment by Liz on September 20, 2019 at 2:25pm

Thank you!

Comment by Donna816 on September 20, 2019 at 2:50pm

One way of thinking is that they are really looking out for your SR and want him to be healthy.  So a pinky is small to us but better safe than sorry.  Sorry he has been held back but he will for sure get stronger.  Keep up the positive vibes.  Your SR has got this!


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