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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.  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.

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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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in May


DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in May

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for bootcamp in May...I will leave the year open so that even future Deppers leaving in the month of May of any year can join...Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions

Members: 396
Latest Activity: 12 hours ago

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPPERS leaving in the month of May (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

If you have January ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in January, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...

About a week after your recruit arrives at BC, you will receive "The Box." The box will contain your recruits clothes, shoes, cell phone etc. If you do not receive the box, and your recruit did not take a cell phone it is very possible s/he donated clothing items.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the password for parking at PIR. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), Things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets. Wait until their PIR date is posted to do so, and don't worry, you will still have plenty of time to get your traveling ducks in a row! =)

Next stop, Boot Camp Moms Group:
That is where and when permanent Groups for your PIR date and Divisions will be posted.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

Discussion Forum


Started by RIMom. Last reply by Phoenixmom on Monday. 1 Reply


Started by Trish. Last reply by lemonelephant on Monday. 11 Replies

The box

Started by kuuipo. Last reply by kuuipo May 16. 5 Replies

Proud and worried

Started by Dr. Von. Last reply by lemonelephant May 15. 6 Replies

Boyfriend Leaving May 30th, 2018

Started by sailorgirlfriend. Last reply by Phoenixmom on Thursday. 11 Replies

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You need to be a member of DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in May to add comments!

Comment by Heather 17 hours ago

When will we find out if our recruit passed all the physical  portion?

Comment by EliteLioness yesterday

Dr Von, sorry to hear about your son. praying that he fully recovers soon. 

Katie, my son gets picked up on the 29th and leaves for bc on the 30th... i'm gonna try my best to hold back the tears till after he leaves. i made a point to plan various activities that he likes to do, for this holiday weekend. so we're gonna be busy and make the most of this last weekend before he leaves...

Comment by Katie yesterday
My daughter leaves for boot camp on May 29th and I am very nervous! I am so excited for her new adventure in life.
Comment by kuuipo yesterday

I am praying for all of our kids, and mom's that whatever is going on we may find comfort, healing, strength. Today is Thursday and I all know is that my son is on one of the ships, dont know the DIV, but think ship 2, my heart breaks reading some of the things that other mom's are going through. Waiting is hard, not knowing is even harder. Stay strong families Blessings all around.

Comment by Puppylover yesterday
Prayers for You & Your Son.
Comment by Phoenixmom yesterday

Dr. Von I am so sorry to hear this, praying for your Sons speedy recovery. Dr. Von we never want to ever think that this will happen, but being in BC comes many Challenges and being injured, sick, fractured is a hit or miss. You did everything right Ma'am here is a site you may want to read up on. Again we are here for you, so if you have any questions please do ask.

Ship 4 is also the RCU-Recruit Convalescent Unit-where sick or injured recruits go to heal and be cycled back into another TG. (See Recruit Convalescent Unit (RCU) and join RCU SHIP 04 DIV 2341 for more information.)

RCU: Recruit Convalescent Unit; where sick or injured recruits go to heal and be cycled back into another TG or to complete BC. Recruits who are moved to the RCU are generally able to make calls every other week (often on Saturday or Sunday), but those calls can be lost if someone in the division messes things up for the division or if the recruit made a call that week following a test or other appointment. Recruits who are sent to the RCU may spend a few days to several months there depending on how severe the condition is. Recruits in the RCU can continue studying and can take academic tests, but they cannot do any physical training and tests until they are declared FFD. Some recruits will rejoin their division or join another division, sometimes in their own TG or in a TG with a later PIR date. This happens most for those who spend 2 weeks or less in the RCU and most often for those who are sent to the RCU in the first few weeks after arriving at the RTC. Some recruits will continue with training when declared FFD either in the RCU or in FIT and then do the rest of training from there and go on to Battle Stations-21 (BST) and then to "A" School or training without PIR. See Recruit Convalescent Unit (RCU). If your recruit is sent here, join RCU SHIP 04 DIV 2341 for more information. Also see

Comment by Dr. Von yesterday

I'm doing everything I can to stay busy, pray, think positive and not worry - it works most of the time.  My son shipped out on the 8th.  I got the "I'm here" call and "the box".  Everyone said as long as I didn't get a phone call by the end of the following week I could assume everything went well and he had passed his physical and was being assigned to a division.  Wednesday - no call, Thursday - no call, Friday my phone rang.  I did everything I could to answer the phone without crying.  I heard my son's voice but it sounded different.  He told me he was in the hospital with a high fever and pneumonia in both lungs.  I tried my best to sound positive and encouraging telling him I was sure he was in good hands and that everything would be fine.  I waited to cry until after I hung up.  He called on Sunday to tell me he was being released from the hospital and was ordered on bed rest for three more days.  He didn't know much else except his graduation would be delayed due to the hospital stay.  His three days of bed rest should have been over yesterday.  Now I have no idea if he has to start all over again or when he will take his physical tests.  I think this will be his only chance to pass and having just recovered from double pneumonia I'm more nervous than ever.  Not knowing is killing me!  I don't know if I should expect a phone call or a letter or when anything might be happening.  The waiting is brutal! 

Comment by profprojman on Thursday

My son left for bootcamp Tuesday morning.  We got the "I'm here" call.  Was harder than expected.  It was so quick and abrupt and I could hear drill sergeants yelling in the background.  Broke my heart not to be able to talk longer with him and gauge how he is doing.  

Comment by Doncella26pr on Thursday

Sailorgirfriend my son leave there today today hopefully they meet each other I know is hard but just think is going to happens fast I can't wait for the call to say Mom I'm here already

Comment by Phoenixmom on Thursday

sailorgirlfriend things will be fine, stay positive and busy. the first few weeks will seem like Eternity, but once the communication door opens time will fly bye. in the mean time google or look in hear for all information that pertains to your boyfriends rate/jobe where he may be going to A school, what will he being learning and maybe stationed when A school is done. anything you can find and learn about I gaurantee it will be more than he will know. if you need anything please reach out.


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