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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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The beginning is always hard

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:29am 7 Comments

Dear Navy Moms:

I want you all to know that I remember what it was like for me (so long ago). I had to remind myself on a daily basis that "my little boy" was becoming a young man and he was growing up (without me). That was hard to swallow, but I managed to make it through. All these new experiences that your kids are having are very normal. The way they handle those new challenges are mostly depended on what sort of mindset each of them have. Of course there are going to be…


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At 11:52pm on September 4, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). I suggest "Just My Friends" since you have chosen to include pics of your loved one on your My Page. (You can remove the pics to increase PERSEC by making change 5 if you choose.)

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP Code to one that is not easily associated with you or your loved one.

At 11:51pm on September 4, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Where is your loved one stationed (what vessel, if one)? There may be groups I can direct you to.

At 9:09pm on September 26, 2014, bhindthechair S.4 D.303 PIR 9/21 said…
Thank you for the invite! I think I will be going to the Bloomington one because it's much closer to me. Have fun and I hope to make the next one!
At 9:46pm on January 29, 2012, MNnavymom said…

Hello JJ,

Our son is on the USS Arleigh Burke. They leave tomorrow for about 6 months or so. He is a GSE FR. Its a lot of hard work dealing with the old destroyers I guess. We are looking forward to going out to Norfolk when the ship comes back to port. I did hook up with a lady that rents out her house. I guess its directly across the bay from the base. We are just hoping that we have enough of a heads up to get the house rented and get ourselves out there to see them come in. This is all very new for us so its nice to talk to a veteran Mom. Our son enlisted right out of high school.

At 1:00pm on April 9, 2011, NavyMomx3 said…
What delightful photos.  Sorry I will be missing you at today's luncheon at Chilis. 
At 7:37pm on April 7, 2011, carol said…

OK, after having a headache all day I think it is starting to go away.  Hopefully that means tomorrow will be "normal".  Ha, Ha.

If it starts at 1, we should probably leave at 12:15, as you never know what kind of traffic, or parking there may be.

I'll still call sometime tomorrow night.  We have an Art Fair at school that I need to go to --- from 6:30 till ?

Have a good Friday, and try to be good  :)

At 10:08pm on April 3, 2011, carol said…

I'm glad that you are doing better.  I'm still checking the calendars for Saturday.   I am getting things ready for the week.  So far have Meetings and church 3-4 days.  Hope that I can keep it all straight.  :)

I'm excited that your sailor is moving along. 

Maybe I can hitch a ride Saturday? 


At 1:36pm on April 3, 2011, mn linda (nuke MM ELT Groton CT) said…

did you son mention that the sailors on Enterprise need any supplies?  I joined Molly's Adopt a Sailor and that group mentioned that the sailors on the ships in Japan needed stuff because they were giving everything they had to the people in Japan.

What if we have people bring stuff to the next lunch and contribute to the shipping?  Would you ship them to him (then you wouldn't have to give out his address) and have him distribute stuff?

At 5:47pm on March 30, 2011, mn linda (nuke MM ELT Groton CT) said…
how do you download it from N4M?
At 9:55pm on January 21, 2011, carol said…
I tried to reply to your comment to me.  It didn't want to send.  My computer is OLD.  Will try again in a few minutes.

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