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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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At 10:23pm on December 27, 2014, lemonelephant said…

It's not a good idea to post a pic of your Sailor every time you post. See change 4 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). Also make change 3 while you are there. There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

At 10:45pm on November 26, 2011, Jellysmom said…

Thank you Sandy your anwsers were very helpful.

At 11:32pm on October 16, 2011, NalaHooYah said…
Hey sandy thank you for the comment. i was starting to worry. If he DOESNT pass im just gonna be kinda bummed i wont be able to go see him a second time for his ACTUAL graduation and see him walk. =/
At 10:30pm on October 10, 2011, Kassie73 said…
Hi Sandy, I just wanted to let you know that my sons recovery was very speedy and he will do his BS this week and off to A school.  I am so happy for him, he only spent 3 weeks in RCU.  Thanks for your support and prayers, they have all worked for him
At 8:10am on October 6, 2011, PikesPeakMom said…

Hi Sandy,

We live in Woodland Park. Closer to Peyton than Denver! I would love to get a group of local moms together to do a packing party or at least meet for coffee sometime. We'll just have to set a date sometime soon.



At 10:20am on September 28, 2011, lanetteinaz said…


Thank you for the warm welcome.  So happy to be here.


At 7:19pm on September 27, 2011, Kassie73 said…
Thanks Sandy, I will let you know as soon as I hear anything!
At 8:40pm on July 27, 2011, Sail-on-son's MOM (ship9/div255) said…

Thank you for encouraging me...nothing is too hard for GOD, but on our homefront, we are really, really slammed...and I hope this time passes quickly~~as you said.


At 10:51pm on July 26, 2011, Sail-on-son's MOM (ship9/div255) said…

Sandy, your PIR remarks went straight to my heart.

Fair skies...and praying for these boyz of ours,

Dane's Mommy

At 3:48pm on July 19, 2011, Sail-on-son's MOM (ship9/div255) said…

Thanks..again...sandy..for the 2nd comment...but NO,

I dont know how to find my PIR group as you said. 

I do know that my son was the ONLY "WV" sailor-to-be that left from the whole state the week of June 13th...and that his PIR date SHOULD BE 8/12.

So...I kinda am not following too well, am I? (ha, ha)

No reply necessary,
Best wishes...Dane's mommy

Oh, well, God knows what's going on...and I know HIS arms are around him...

At 2:37pm on July 19, 2011, Sail-on-son's MOM (ship9/div255) said…


I havent even the time to figure out how to blog...(respond to comments to me)...DUH!

But this I of the first that I viewed..I teared up when I see the pix of all the beautiful, "bleeving" as I add this comment to your wall..(and I dont even know HOW to check mine)...I'm simply "bleeving" that our Father GOD has a tear-created, crystal crown for military have beautiful pix!

~XOXOX Dane's mommy

At 7:42am on July 18, 2011, diannep said…
No, Sandy, I'm not familiar with GL A School base. But....tell her to look under "members" tab for "Angie, Great Lakes IL".  She has a "logo" as her icon picture (she was on about page 4 of the names when I looked this morning).  She works at that base.  I'm sure she can help this mom.  I hope she is going on the assumption that no news is good news as far as his safety...she would have been contacted.  But if she is worried about his emotional/mental state, as of course she probably is, then I understand.  Hoping she is able to reach him!
At 2:01pm on July 9, 2011, SailorsCupcake Div269 said…
Thanks! It's our nicknames at home... so I thought it was fitting! :) Thanks for ACCEPTING my friend request lol.
At 3:02am on June 16, 2011, Gidget28p said…

Thanks for all the great info. I tried to email, but it won't go through.

Thanks again!!!

At 1:18am on June 16, 2011, Gidget28p said…
Hi Sandy, I wanted to ask you a question, since you have been through this. When they are finished with bc, are they allowed to have personal belongings while in A school? Laptop, cell phone, do they need any civilian clothes? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
At 2:31pm on June 15, 2011, Sandy's_sailor son said…
For some reason I can not post anything on my groups in NavyForMoms. I wonder if there are technical difficulties?
At 8:35am on May 18, 2011, R'sproudmom said…
Angie told me last night that whenever she uses the little :~} thing, she is joking.  So, all is good.  Have a blessed day.
At 8:50pm on May 16, 2011, R'sproudmom said…

  Sandy, took me along time to get back to ya.  I have to wait till I have nothing else to do before I get on here. Otherwise, I get nothing else done. 

  I was wondering how jobs worked.  So Brenden got his after his A school.  Makes since.   Probably impossible during ATT or A school.

  How come AEGIS is not over manned?  Is the C school for it more complicated? 

  I am going to try and download Firefox right now.  Thanks




At 8:05pm on May 15, 2011, R'sproudmom said…

  OK Sandy, I will try this again. Thank you for the greeting this morning.  Means a lot to hear from you. 

  You asked how old R is.  He is 20.  

  I am glad he is making friends and getting out.  Although,  I know he is safe when he is on base.  Chicago is so big as I found out at PIR. 

  He bought a 5Star noteblook yesterday. Knows that ATT will be intense.  He is ready for his NAVY career to get started. 

  Please update me on your Sailor.  Has he completed both A and C school.  You can send a private message if you want.  I get yours!!!

At 11:53pm on May 11, 2011, R'sproudmom said…

We just finished talking.  There were four of them from the Enterprise that moved this weekend.  None of them were notified.  R ran  back to his ship  when he found out while eating and asked about it and they told him not to worry about it and it would get fixed. Somebody goofed and it wasn't them.   What a relief for us but is still depressing for him.  I am literally sick to my stomach because I don't know how it will effect things.   Thanks Sandy.  WIll keep you updated.

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