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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 11:44am on August 11, 2023, G'sNavyMom said…

Thank you so much. I greatly appreciate you reaching out. My son is currently at BC. He could use prayers right now🙏

At 5:09am on August 27, 2021, LilDsmom said…

Hi John and Yvonne, this is LilDsmom again I just read your profile and realized your no longer in hawaii but also your in ministry like my husband and I we're both Pastors and I certainly don't believe in coincidence so I appreciate you reaching out and hope we can stay in touch, and I don't know where my son will be stationed after he finishes BC but if he's near you guys I'll certainly put him in contact with you. Thank you

At 4:30am on August 27, 2021, LilDsmom said…

Hi John and Yvonne, first let me apologize for my delayed response my daughter just arrived from the mainland with my grandchildren and were getting settled. Keaau is located on Hawaii Island, or the the big Island as everyone calls it. Are you guys still living here ?

At 11:45am on April 16, 2021, SavedByGrace said…

Thank you for the friend request! I'm a newbie in son just passed his MEPS. I just want to learn and know as much as I can about the Navy and what my son is about to become a part of and experience.

At 6:15pm on December 8, 2019, NJNavyMom said…


 Thanks for adding me  

My son was in Little Creek and is now teaching at the schoolhouse. He will probably be back in a few years. 

At 10:36am on November 22, 2019, ShipOfDoodles said…

Hello, John and Yvonne-

Thank you for reaching out. My son is likely to be in Goose Creek, SC for around 18 months or so (if all goes well!), so not likely he will be in Norfolk anytime soon. Nonetheless, when my father was in the Navy in the early 50's (Little Creek), there was a wonderful couple who had him (and fellow sailors) over numerous times. The support was wonderful for him! Best wishes to you this holiday season and thank you for all you do!

At 11:54am on February 1, 2019, Rain said…

Hi Yvonne! Thank you so much for checking on us. My nephew graduated boot camp on Jan. 4th. We went up for four day's and had an awesome time with him. He proposed to his girl that weekend on top of the Willis Tower. It was perfect. Right now he is in A school at Great Lakes for about 8 months and then to Virginia or San Diego for C School for FC. Not sure as of yet where he will go. I know at this point he is hoping for some place WARM! Poor Florida boy is having a hard time in that cold.

Thank you so much,


At 11:42am on January 28, 2019, NAVYMOMK said…

YES --- Thank you!!!   I received message but just getting to computer today to respond      sending a PM 

At 9:14am on January 21, 2019, Bandmom said…

Hello Yvonne and John,

Thank you for asking about my sailor.  He is doing very well on the ship.  In fact he was just named Junior Sailor of the Quarter!  He has been deployed since Oct. 19, and they have only visited 1 port.  He does truly enjoy his job, so doesn't mind being out to sea.  We do get to talk to him about once every 3 weeks for a short conversation.  Unless they are running silent which they seem to do quite a bit.  Then we don't even get an e-mail.  As the end gets closer, I am getting excited to see him.  Now we are just trying to figure out how do we get on base to welcome home the ship!

At 11:25am on November 29, 2018, NikkiKL said…

Hi there, Yvonne & John!

Thank you for the message and the kind invitation extended to my son. He's not having the best of times right now and it may be good for him to get out to some normal surroundings. I'll be sure to pass on your invitation to him and I'll get back to you. 

Thanks again for the kind offer.

At 2:38pm on October 8, 2018, Tobiv said…

Thank you John and Yvonne!  I am so thankful for the support.  God bless you.

At 8:59pm on September 27, 2018, Rain said…

Thank you so much for the kind words! Yes I did see your page and I looked at some of the pictures! You seem to be a wonderful couple. Thank you so much for being so welcoming to those serving. My Husband retired Navy about 5 years ago. We are celebrating 25 years marriage this summer. I guess before I share so much am I allowed to share? Can i post his name? Or pictures? I don’t understand this whole group as of yet and how it all works. Looking forward to learning.

At 11:25pm on July 15, 2018, ArchyMom said…

Ah, well that's truly a wonderful invite. Thank you!

Our son is already underway, Submarine Service, stationed in Guam. Left boot camp June of last year, Sub School after that, and C-school all under his belt.

I appreciate your kind offer. -- Archymom

At 11:31am on June 18, 2018, sherrifm said…

Yes, both of my children are heading to boot camp 10 day apart.  My son hardly will speak to me, because I am the parent who has the rules at my house, no matter what age my children are, and we have had a big difference of opinion, and he chose to not speak to me.  I love him, no matter what, and am praying for him constantly.  My daughter and I are very close, and she will be leaving in 9 days.  my heart is full of pride for my children, and sorrow at the same time, because they grew up way too fast!  Thank you for your friend request.  It is nice to have prayer warriors in our corner!  Sherri

At 10:48pm on May 28, 2018, Andrea said…
Hello! My son is flying to boot camp tomorrow. I really appreciate your prayers!
At 12:35pm on May 28, 2018, Heather said…

Thank you so much. We really  appreciate your prayers. God is good!

At 7:47pm on May 16, 2018, snakee said…

My son has arrived in Virginia Beach as of 05/12/2018; fresh out of Boot Camp, will pass your info along to him, you sound like awesome and wonderful people; God Bless You, sincerely Mary Waggoner

At 8:17am on April 28, 2018, AJmom said…

Thank you so much John and Yvonne I'll give it to him today. Have a blessed weekend.

At 9:21am on April 27, 2018, AJmom said…

John and Yvonne would you give me your number on a private message so I could forward it to my son? He arrived at Virginia yesterday and I mentioned what you do and he said he would like to meet you. Thank you! 

At 11:22pm on April 23, 2018, LindaGirl said…

Got your cell #.  Thank you.  Will give it to him when he gets settled in VA.   Regards, Linda

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