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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 4:31pm on March 2, 2014, Winski said…
So am I understanding you correctly that they WILL port with the ship at Norfolk, then leave from there ASAP?
At 1:42am on January 1, 2014, lemonelephant said…

If your Sailor is an Officer, you can change "Enlisted" to "Officer."

You can also check out CARRIER Families! and/or Norfolk Sailors - Family & Friends.

At 1:40am on January 1, 2014, lemonelephant said…

Your Username appears to contain your last name; if so, you should change that and the URL to this page. Numbers 1 and 2 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) will tell you how to fix both. There may be other changes you will want to make as well, such as number 3.

At 1:40am on January 1, 2014, lemonelephant said…

I thought you might like this, It is the USS Harry S. Truman--well, not really--in the Dominion Garden of Lights at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Dominion Garden of Lights - Norfolk Botanical Garden

At 12:44pm on March 28, 2013, C Adam's Mom said…
Hi, Mary!!!! I know you're probably out in Newport and seeing Andrew and getting ready for the big day tomorrow!!! So excited for you and your son!!! Tell him congratulations and thank you both for all your help!!! Have a wonderful time and stay in touch!

At 11:18am on March 19, 2013, Recruit Man - Ronny said…
My name is Ronny and my son has been in the Navy since February of 2012.  He is currently stationed in San Diego with a Helicopter Squadron.  He is an Aviation Structural Mechanic.  I hope you find all the info you are looking for here, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.  My son is 3rd Generation Navy, so I do know a little about the Navy..:)
If you know of Sailors who are in Boot Camp, or leaving soon, visit and I will send you FREE Pre-Paid Phone cards for your SR to use while they are in boot camp.  I started that program when my son left for Boot Camp :)
Welcome Aboard and I wish your Sailor Fair Winds and Following Seas.
At 8:12am on March 19, 2013, C Adam's Mom said…

Yeah, they got married right before he left.  She still lives down at school and he lived here at home.  That is why he doesn't have it, I'm guessing.  I just sent a message to her and I will send it to you when I get it.  Thanks for doing this for him!!   So I am assuming that he is receiving his mail and it able to write now?   I know this is probably against protocol but when you give the address to Andrew, can he sneak in an "I love and miss you" from his Mama?   If he feels awkward doing it, I understand.  But this is like the first contact I have had so I can't help but trying!  :)    

I know you are thrilled to pieces about seeing your baby!!  I know I would be!!   Will he be returning home after graduation for a while?   

Thanks again to you and Andrew for being there for Adam!   

At 6:29pm on March 12, 2013, C Adam's Mom said…

Oh no!! I was just telling my youngest son, Corey,about what you said about the push-ups because we have sent several already!!   Oh well!  I hope what we wrote was worth it!   It sure is hard!  I know that -- no one around here really knows or can identify with it because in our small town there have not been but a handful in the past 20 years I bet!  We have a few enlisted that I know of, and Adam has a close friend that attended Annapolis, but that is about it.  We are very small!  In fact, it was was a big thing around here when they found out about Adam!  Our Mayor (who wrote a letter of reference) and the Judge were all excited for him!   So needless to say we do not have many groups in my area to meet with!   That is why it is so wonderful to talk with you and I have met a few other Mom's through the Facebook group for their class.   We had our first photos posted on the Newport OCS training Facebook page early today!!!   I cried and cried!! There was a great picture of him standing right out side of a door!!   He looked tired..... The more I read about OCS the greater and great respect I have for these men and women.  They really go through so much.   I just hope he is okay and staying positive.  

I think we are going to drive out to see Adam when he graduates.  My mom and dad will be driving up from the Carolinas so we plan to stay there a little while if we can and celebrate as long as we can all together!    Thanks for keeping in touch!!!   It really means so much to me!      March 27????  That is just right around the corner!!!   I know you must be so excited!!  

At 9:28am on March 12, 2013, C Adam's Mom said…

Hi, Mary!  Have you heard anything that you can tell me about how Adam may be doing?  I was just worried.  I can't stop thinking about him.  I know yesterday that he went through physicals and his only issue there was anemia which they said was not problem and they will give him vitamins.  I just wanted to see if you have heard anything at all....  Thank you

At 10:01pm on March 10, 2013, C Adam's Mom said…

Oh my gosh!   That makes me feel so much better!  This has been the hardest day in the world.   My husband just walked out of the room after trying to console me and telling me that I have to let go.... but, Mary, this is so much harder than I thought.  I know I am feeling sorry for myself, but I never went a night while he was at college without texting him a quick "I love you" before I went to sleep.   It makes me feel so much better and at least some sort of a connect with him knowing someone knows how he is doing.    I realize totally that Andrew can't talk about anything, but I just feel better for some reason that he is in your son's group -- silly, huh?  I bought a prepaid calling card for Adam, but it sounds like that it can be from any area code....  I will remember that!  I was expecting (401).   Thanks for letting me know that he is in Andrew's group and at such perfect timing too!!  I was right in the middle of another big old pity party here!   I feel better now -- thank you.   How is Andrew doing?  He just has three more weeks?   Will you be heading out that way?   I know you are so excited!   Where will he be heading afterward?  Do you think he will be able to have time in between to come home?

At 11:02am on March 5, 2013, C Adam's Mom said…

I told Adam about chatting with you last night.  I understand totally about the posting of their names.  So no problem here!   Adam is getting so excited about Sunday!   We have been trying to make sure we have everything together that he will need.  Someone advised getting calling cards and stamps; do you have any other suggestions?   Thanks for the advice on the letters!   I have been reading about how tough the physical tests are.  I am glad it turned out to be a good experience for him.  Adam has been running and swimming quite a bit plus his normal workouts at the Y, so hopefully he will do okay; but it is encouraging to hear how your son found it to be a positive experience.  Do you have military background in your family or was this a totally brand new experience for you?   

At 7:29pm on March 4, 2013, C Adam's Mom said…


Wow that is awesome!!  I will let my son know!!  His name is Adam Baker; his first name is Christopher but he goes by Adam.   He was born down in Pensacola, but we live up here in NW Indiana.  He went to Purdue and he is heading back down to Pensacola for the Flight Program after OCS.  

How is your son doing?   Were you able to keep in touch through all this?   

At 7:02pm on February 4, 2013, Dawn said…
I'm sorry I was talking about class 09-13 face book.
At 7:00pm on February 4, 2013, Dawn said…
Marry butler. Have you joined the face book page for your sons class? There is a lot of information on it also.
At 6:37pm on February 4, 2013, campbellm said…

Hi, Mary,

My son was in OCS Class 03-13.  When he graduated, we flew in on Wednesday, attended "Pass in Review" on one day (I don't remember which one),  Hi Moms on Thursday (you don't want to miss it!), and graduation on Friday, followed by First Salute outside by the water.  Families attended all events.  The new ensigns have to check out of quarters on Friday, but my son then moved to our hotel and stayed with us until everyone scattered on Sunday (my son to Pensacola for flight training, my brother to Utah, and the rest of us back to Seattle).  We went on a mansion tour in Newport on Saturday.  We stayed at Newport Beach Hotel and Suites ( in a corner suite (two bedrooms, full kitchen, view of the water) and it was wonderful!  We really appreciated the home-like setting for the time my son was able to spend with us - we visited, watched TV, ate leftovers from his CANDIO box, played cards, and just enjoyed my son's company.  It also gave us space to hold all of my son's stuff!  I had no idea they would have so many uniforms.

Have a wonderful time!


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