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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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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At 10:32am on November 29, 2010, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…
Hi Anita, I will try adding you as a friend as well as sending this comment. Not sure it will let me do both. If you don't get a friend request from me then just click on my name and on the left side of the page click on add as a friend and I will send you the ribbon info. So far I don't have any other orders for that div but the orders are really just now starting to come in. i think everyone was busy with the holiday. So far all others in your PIR date have ordered Navy ribbons, some gold letters and some silver, The letter color is usually a personal preference. :-)
At 12:27am on November 29, 2010, radtech said…
Hi Anita,
So sorry I haven't gotten back with you sooner its been a busy time. Very happy to hear Nick had somewhere to go and others to be with. Clay actually got to go to dinner with his dad and 2 sisters. As it was my Holiday I could not go. But he did call several times and the girls took pictures. I realized after that I gave you the wrong e-mail it is I will still go on the page so I can see all the others.They look so different with no hair.
At 11:01pm on November 28, 2010, Pat L. in IL said…
Anita, There were 5 N4M's among the 80 volunteers at the VFW. My son left on his first deployment on Nov. 7 so it was a great place for me to be. I hope you can tell what a joyous occasion it was! When you come to Chicago for PIR, be sure to dress WARMLY! Great Lakes is right on Lake Michigan and the winds that blow in off the lake are FREEZING! Wishing you safe travel and a sweet reunion. Pat
At 3:57pm on November 27, 2010, Kathy Ship 11 Div 057 said…
thank u! this is the only thing holding me partially together right now
At 12:49pm on November 27, 2010, Sherri_M said…
Hey anita...I did not go spend Thanksgiving with my son...but his grandparents did---and had a wonderful time with him!!! He was supposed to have a friend with him, however, his frined was sent home are in ship 3 I see? when is your PIR??
At 4:55pm on November 26, 2010, Kathy Ship 11 Div 057 said…
Thank you all for the UPLIFTING! It was very much needed today! :-)
At 10:20pm on November 16, 2010, radtech said…
Hi Anita,
I actually got a call from Clay today but I missed it. So now i'm drowning my sorrow in diet Ginger Ale and strawberries. So glad to hear that your sailor is doing well. I assume mine is as well since he had time to call. We will be there on the 16th we are staying at the homewood suites. Where are you staying. I would like to meet you for dinner or drinks whichever you choose. You can e-mail me direct @
At 12:31am on November 15, 2010, radtech said…
Hi Anita,
I haven't seen any others in the same group. We are from IL. about 5 hrs south of where the boy's are. My son is Clay, I'm sure the boy's are acquainted by now. Have you heard from him? Is he doing well? How are you holding up? Do you by chance know the name of their ship?
Carla (radtech)
At 7:13pm on November 9, 2010, Lori_KingsBay_USSRI_Radio said…
Congratulations on his assignment to AROC - that is so cool! I'm sure you are proud. Yes, I have made my hotel reservations - Residence Inn; arriving Thursday later afternoon. If my SR can leave on the 17th than we will head home and not stay the weekend. I haven't yet cancelled the reservation until I talk to him directly, but I believe that will be the case. I know we are going to have a Meet and Greet; the Radison Inn I think sponsors one but some of us are planning to meet at the Residence Inn (very preliminary). We will post the plan on the PIR page once we finalize (closer to PIR). I'm gong to GL for Thanksgiving to Adopt my SR so I can scope out the RI and report back as to how it works out. Where did you make your reservations?
At 9:16pm on November 6, 2010, Lori_KingsBay_USSRI_Radio said…
Good for him! What is AROC?
At 4:39am on November 6, 2010, Lori_KingsBay_USSRI_Radio said…
Hi Anita! Welcome to the 12/17/10 PIR - which ship/div is Nick in? There is a specific discussion page on our main PIR page for each DIV. We found out about leave just this week from JessicaB; it was posted on the Navy FB page. It sounds like the Sailors will get leave beginning on the 17th through the 28th; so have to be at A school on the 28th. I'm sure we will hear more from our SR's soon on this. You will find our page extrememly helpful. Thanks for joining; looking forward to your membership! Lori
At 11:15am on November 5, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

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