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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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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:

OPSEC GUIDELINES

Events

**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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.

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UP TO DATE INFO:

RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**

RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021 - ONLY 2 GUESTS ALLOWED

MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED. 

NO MASK, NO ENTRY

**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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.com Para Familias

Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy. Navy.com

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At 10:07am on February 16, 2018, Phoenixmom said…

Thank You for the message, that is very nice of you, I will le it be known.

At 8:36am on December 30, 2017, LindaGirl said…

I don’t know what to say or do to help my 23 year old son who has been in the Navy since May.  Knowing your husband was a Chaplin in the Navy, I thought maybe he or both of you might have some words of wisdom.  To make a long story short...my son came home for the second half of stand-down, of Christmas vacation, day before yesterday.  Minutes after he walked in the door, I knew something was wrong, as he broke down in tears.  Earlier that morning around 4 am, my son was making his rounds, as it was his 24 hour duty rotation turn.   He came upon one of his fellow submates, new to the sub, only 2 weeks on, with his wrists slashed.  My son, being first on the scene, followed protocol, stopped the bleeding & did all that was required, calling the necessary personal to get the sailor to the hospital on time.  Sometime early this morning, my son’s CO called my son to tell him, the young man did not make it.  My son has barely been in the Navy 7 months, to witness this, plus his sub is in dry dock & he is now so discouraged, that he can’t even be on a “working” sub after all the schooling & preperation he has gone through, I don’t know what to tell him or how to approach him.  When he first came home, I was able to comfort him a little by saying, “you were lucky to get there when you did, you probably saved this young man’s life” , but now even that is out the window.  What do I say or tell him?  If my son wants me to, I will call our Pastor to come & talk with him, but until then, I am at a lose.

At 4:11pm on December 17, 2017, Chipmunk said…

Thank you for your friend request.

At 7:28am on August 17, 2017, JayDee659 said…

John and Yvonne, I remember a couple years ago when my daughter started her journey I hoped that she would be stationed near you.  God was listening and she and her husband are in Norfolk.  She left to meet her ship on deployment almost as soon as she got there so shes not had time to find a church or even spend more than a night in her new home.  Would you still have room for her to join your group and if so, how would she go about contacting you?

At 10:56am on June 12, 2017, bellagirl said…

Hi, I think what you do for sailors over there is amazing. I also read that you recently had surgery. I hope all is well. Are you still able to entertain sailors on the weekends? My daughter is there and struggles on the weekends as she is free and has moved to different barracks and locations, so making friends has been hard. She goes out to eat alone often, facetiming us while she is there. While she puts on a brave face, I know she is a little sad inside. 

At 1:54pm on December 24, 2016, Valtameri said…

I noticed this comment on chat and wanted to be sure that you saw it ...

Pitbullboys wrote:

I don't know how to reply to a conversation, but I just wanted to say thank you to John and Yvonne for opening their home to our sailors. You two are truly a blessing. Thank you again and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

At 10:58pm on July 19, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Here are 2 sites for parents with Marines: http://www.marineparents.com and http://marinefamilynetwork.com/.  Perhaps one of them will help you. I don't know which is best and they are just in the order I located them awhile back. I have no personal knowledge of either of them. I think that they are actually the same group now, just two different ways to get to the same thing.

The closest thing that I have found for Army is on goarmy.com on the Discussion Board for parents, https://forums.goarmy.com/community/family_discussion/parents_discu.... Here is the one for spouses, https://forums.goarmy.com/community/family_discussion/spouse_discus..., if you need that.

Here are 2 on fB that you can check out https://www.facebook.com/goarmyparents, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArmyMomsRock/.

At 1:19am on January 5, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Check out Portsmouth, Va Moms (clickable link) and let her know if you can help. I remembered that you have helped Sailors for some time. My son was with the TR awhile back, so I saw your posts in that group back then.

At 12:50pm on October 5, 2015, my3sons73 said…

 thanks for accepting my friend request:)  im pretty sure we havent communicated before. I have 3 boys only the oldest is in the Navy. the other 2 are in HS. i sent u a PM. im not the best at navigating this site still.

At 8:09pm on September 27, 2015, calimom said…

Thank You again for your generous offer.  It's very hard being so far away. We are waiting to see if he will be able to come home for a short leave before going on to Norfolk but I will definitely be in touch.  

At 11:08pm on August 1, 2015, scubagirl said…

Yvonne, he is on a sub, the USS Newport News.  They have been going each month for the last couple of months on short underways to get ready for deployment later this year.  I will give him your number and if he does not contact you in a couple of weeks I will give you his number.  He can be shy and not put himself out there sometimes.  Not into drinking and partying and most of the guys on his sub are younger and like to party.  He is 23 going on 33.  It may take someone like your husband saying ok Zach we are expect to see you on xyz day and he will then come.  Thank you so much.  Lou Anne Daniel.  His name is Zachary Daniel btw. 

At 5:56pm on March 23, 2015, TwoForTheNavy said…
Hi, my son is stationed in Maryland. My daughter contacted you on the weekend. Left a message, I guess when you called back she was in the theater. She is on her ship this week. I hope at some point you guys can connect.
At 12:02am on January 3, 2015, Michelle said…

John & Yvonne, My son is currently stationed in Norfolk, VA.  He would very much like to get in touch with you.  How might he be able to contact you?  Sincerely, Michelle

At 9:54pm on November 4, 2014, diane said…

Thank you. I've been reading about everything the two of you do for our sailors. I've been telling my daughter all about both of you. I will be flying out to Virginia with her so I can spend a couple days with her and so that I can welcome my son back from being deployed. He is on the Bush, I will be telling him about you also. I'm thankful that there are people like you that have our children over for a home cooked meal, it makes it a little easier for me to leave my children. Over the years my daughter has learned some of our family recipes, and she loves to cook. So if you need help she's the girl to go to. 

At 2:20pm on October 30, 2014, HawaiiKat said…

Thank you Yvonne! I will certain pass the message along. Your hospitality goes beyond measure! Mahalo!!

At 11:45am on October 30, 2014, JackieD said…

Hi Yvonne, Yes, it is a small world.  My son is on an aircraft carrier, USS George H. W. Bush.  They've been deployed since Feb.  I'll be in Norfolk soon for homecoming.  I need to let him know about you and John.  There are times he says he's bored and he doesn't have a car out there. 

At 1:41pm on September 20, 2014, oneproudmamma said…
Thank you Yvonne! I will let my daughter know about you guys. I didn't get a chance to write your number down, can you pm me the number again please? I didn't realize it would not be in my inbox after I accepted the friend request.
At 8:13pm on September 16, 2014, Navymom2 said…

Hi Ms. Yvonne!  :)

At 10:18pm on August 6, 2014, Leach73 said…

Hello Mr. & Mrs. Wagner

Thanks so much again for reaching out. My daughter is underway now and I miss her like crazy. wish i could jus hear her voice. When she gets back I will tell her all about you and then ask you for your number so that she can reach out to you. She was able to attend church services at Grace Bible church but she also wants to try another church called Spring Branch Community Church.

 

God bless you!

At 10:46pm on March 14, 2014, Jana said…

Hi Yvonne and thanks for responding.  Yes, my son is still in Naples, but will be leaving there early next month to come to Norfolk for his next duty station.  I have been following the Norfolk group for a while and think it is an awesome thing you and your husband do and I have already told him about it.  I think he will be taking leave for a few weeks before he officially starts his new duty station, but I was just wanting to get as much information as I can before he gets there.  It will be so great to have him back in the States. 

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