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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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At 6:54pm on March 19, 2012, jperea4536 said…

Thank you so much! 

At 2:00am on March 4, 2012, BunkerQB said…

I have lots of family in San Diego. It very pretty there. Hawaii is not too bad either. My son was stationed there.

At 6:29pm on March 3, 2012, BunkerQB said…

I put together a survival guide with links, diagrams, explanations, etc. I have been posting the welcoming message (previous post) on new comers personal pages. If you could keep the existence of the survival guide in mind and spread the word, I would really appreciate it. FTLW uses it often.  You can just copy the link and any info contained in the previous post and paste it on to any comments (in a discussion, withing a group, on someone's personal page, etc.). My son has just completed his 5 year commitment. Thank you for you son's service and you participation on this site.

Regards, BQB.

At 6:25pm on March 3, 2012, BunkerQB said…

We have a Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie (clickable link). You'll find everything you need to get started. Videos, PDF files of boot camp processing days, links to all the important groups plus tips on how to use this site. Keep in mind the videos and PDF files may take some time to download the first time you try it. It'll look like nothing is happening. Be patient. Best part is it'll be here on your very own page as a reference. Click the MY PAGE tab on above menubar to access your page anytime - you should do it at least once a day to see if you have any postings on your comment wall (like this one). Good luck.


At 9:28am on August 14, 2011, Onedaysoon ((Ship 10-Div 267)) said…
Proud Navy Mom images

5 Days Left!! Excited Excited Excited

At 9:00pm on August 11, 2011, diannep said…
Sorry.  I certainly didn't mean to ruffle feathers...just sharing our experience...don't want the post misunderstood so I will delete it.  Please accept my apologies for it...anyone who knows my intention on this board knows that it is NOT to cause problems...
At 6:50pm on August 11, 2011, Navy Mom Sandi said…

Where did you get the shirts from?? They are great    Sandi


At 5:47pm on August 11, 2011, diannep said…
Well, best to not say anything about us on RTC FB...but please bring some of their info from there to the N4Moms group.  Like I said, they usually have good info...but I have found their BattleStations info to not be quite as accurate. 
At 3:46pm on August 3, 2011, USS PEARL HARBOR SAM'S MOM said…
Hi, how do I get to where the pictures are?
At 5:17pm on July 19, 2011, Onedaysoon ((Ship 10-Div 267)) said…

Wooo-Hoo we got the call!!! 30 Days Left!!!! myspace graphic comments
At 5:41pm on July 18, 2011, Onedaysoon ((Ship 10-Div 267)) said…

..........Hello friend, I'm really excited about tomorrow's phone call!!!!!


Hope to see you at the meet-n-greet!

At 10:24am on July 18, 2011, Nicole (SHIP 10 DIV 267) said…

I love the paper sailor!!! Great idea.

I will be at the meet and greet on the 18th. We will have to find each other and chat. I tell you-this has been really hard on me. I can't wait to see him on the 19th.

At 8:55am on July 12, 2011, proudmama ship10 div267 said…
Hey Sandy, I was just wondering if you have gotten a letter yet.I havn't gotten anything yet. BTW i love your little paper doll sailor...sooooooo cute and a great idea!
At 3:06pm on July 10, 2011, flojoe said…
Thank u Sandy I appreciated what you had to say we'll see how it goes. I am not looking forward to saying goodbye
At 12:26pm on June 30, 2011, lauren said…
Sandy Pat has invited us to lunch at her house and off to the concert together....I can pick you up if you need a ride just send me a PM
At 4:36pm on June 28, 2011, lauren said…

I"m right there with you Sandy ...7 yrs and I still remember my son first phone call.he was a little older so it was a LITTLE better .....I my be your first but you are in for many more friends are you going to make it to the Rockin the Troops concert?


At 10:20pm on June 2, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…
Hi Sandy, On July 16 there is a concert called "Rockin for the Troops" at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. I have invited moms to my house for lunch and then we will go to the concert. Good chance for you to meet other Navy moms in the area. More information under "Events" at the top of the page. Hope you will join us! Pat
At 10:28am on May 19, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…
Good morning Sandy, We finally have sun with decent temperatures! You have been approved for "MAS We Ship Love". The reason we have shipping dates (May 23-27 this month) is that it increases the chance that their "goodies" will arrive at the same time instead of dribbling in. When they get a huge pile of love, it knocks their socks off!! haha!!
At 10:21pm on May 18, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…

OOPS! need to request to join "MAS We Ship Love". That is where the addresses are kept. Request to join and I will approve you as soon as I see it!!

Also, don't forget to put a note on the inside of the box with your email addy, so you can get a reply!

At 10:16pm on May 18, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…
Sandy, Saw your post on Molly's and you are exactly right!! Stuff the boxes as full as possible. Use lots of tape as these boxes have a rough trip. On the sides of the box, attach a "Molly's" sticker and if it is for a female use a marker and put that on the side too! Fill out your customs form and head to the post office!! Easy-peasy!!! LMK if you have any more questions. Pat

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