This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



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.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

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


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DEP - Leavin' for bootcamp in October


DEP - Leavin' for bootcamp in October

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for Boot Camp in October. I will leave the year open so that any future DEPpers leaving in the month of October of any year can join.Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions!

Members: 487
Latest Activity: Nov 16, 2018

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

If you have October 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 October, ...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...

Once your recruit has arrived at RTC, the next stop here is to join the group Boot Camp for Moms (and loved ones)  Hangout and ask questions in this group until your form letter arrives.

Within a week to ten days 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 Security Access Form. The Security Access form needs to be completed and sent back to your recruit ASAP. 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.

After you have received the form letter, join the group for your recruits PIR. There you can ask questions about PIR, training, hotels etc.Those groups will be posted in the Boot Camp for Mom's group.

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

**It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

Discussion Forum

OUR questions

Started by Cheryl. Last reply by ellen0502 Nov 16, 2018. 15 Replies

My daughter's boyfriend and I will be staying at a nearby hotel. They offer a free shuttle service to the graduation. Does the shuttle actually go all the way to graduation site? Also anyone know how…Continue

My son left October 1st

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Cindy Nov 9, 2018. 2 Replies

My youngsters son October 1st. Its really quite around the house. I miss him so.

My son left Oct. 16th

Started by Hollie. Last reply by Tammy_Girl Nov 2, 2018. 6 Replies

Anyone else have someone who left same day??

Left Oct 18

Started by Sailor_lover. Last reply by Sailor_lover Oct 30, 2018. 2 Replies

Anybody else have a recruit that started boot camp oct 18?

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Comment by Tammy_Girl on November 13, 2018 at 9:17pm

My son left for boot camp in October.  I got my first hand-written letter from him today.  I also did a quick letter to him today via Sandboxx app.  With the Sandboxx letter I added a photo.  I'm hoping the photo gets printed in color.  It cost me $3.99 - so doubt I will use that app much.

Comment by Traci on October 31, 2018 at 8:48pm
15th got erased for some reason
Comment by Traci on October 31, 2018 at 8:47pm
He left on October SailorMom
Comment by Sailor_lover on October 31, 2018 at 4:59pm
Traci- when did your son leave?
Comment by Willowwoo on October 30, 2018 at 5:58pm

Thank you everyone for your kind words of support, it helps when you know you’re no the only one in this boat .. LOL no pun intended.  Stay strong ladies they will get thought boot camp and so we will .. 

Comment by Traci on October 30, 2018 at 5:50am
My son is on ship 03 DIV 047. Anyone else's son in the same group?
Comment by momof3boys on October 29, 2018 at 10:50pm

Wendwoo - i know he is missing you as much as you are missing him.  The letter will come!  they had to send EVERYTHING back in that box...

by the way Proudmom314 - i did the same thing!!

i did get a phone call this weekend and I was such a mess that I am sure everyone in LAX thought i was insane!  (i was traveling for work).  my heart was so happy and then sad all at the same time.  I miss him dearly but he sounds so good.  He said everyone in division 039 was doing great and he was loving this experience.  I truly believe it is the same for your son!  send him the letter.  he really will want it.  my sons letter today asked for pictures, but rather than doing that i made the background of the paper i am going to write his letter on today - with pictures of the family (pets and all)!  i also played a game with my son in the letters - a guessing game with movie quotes from his favorite movies.  today i got the letter that answered them and he LOL'd me!  

i really believe this experience is just as hard on us as it is on them.  but I am so proud of all of them (and us moms!).  stay strong ladies

Comment by Proudmom314 on October 29, 2018 at 10:08pm

Wendywoo he is going to miss you too! Don't feel bad about the letter. They are so rushed and disorientated I am surprised that more stuff doesn't end up in the boxes. When you get his address stick a stamp on it and send it back. He is going to want to read it. I was so desperate to feel connected that I snapped a picture of his handwriting on the box. Lol hang in there.

Comment by Willowwoo on October 29, 2018 at 9:21pm

Wow my sons box arrived this morning ,earlier than I thought and it still didn’t stop me from suddenly tearing didn’t help that a letter I had given him to read during boot camp was also in the box.

He’s probably thinking stilly old mom getting herself all upset.  

 My mind tells me it’s so crazy it’s not like I won’t hear from him again..  the day he left was like the first day of kindergarten all over again but this time I didn’t have chocolate. 

Comment by momof3boys on October 25, 2018 at 10:57am

I agree and jusy seeing the envelope with his writing was HUGE for me also.  

Yesterday's nugget of my sons division running pt was awesome.  I actually put eyes in him....I know this is such an incredible experience for him and am so proud...but I do miss his face!


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