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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.

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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 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: 468
Latest Activity: 14 hours ago

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! :)

Discussion Forum

Leaving 10/11/2018

Started by Lizbeth. Last reply by lemonelephant 14 hours ago. 6 Replies

I'm jumping the gun, post-wise, but my son is leaving for Boot Camp October 11, 2018, and I just wanted to see if there were any others from that time frame here yet. :-)Continue

Leaving Oct 2

Started by USNMOM4LIFE. Last reply by RaksAndRoll Aug 23. 2 Replies

My son heads out Oct 2.  He wants to go earlier so we will see what happens.  I love this site and all the info.  My family is coordinating for daily letters.  Thank y'all for sharing.  Continue

October 2, 2017

Started by NatalieR. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Aug 13. 11 Replies

My son leaves for BC October 2nd, any others leaving then?Continue

Leaving for boot camp Oct 24

Started by Shelbie's Mom. Last reply by proudwinavymom Oct 30, 2017. 12 Replies

so my daughter gets a call today from her recruiter asking if she would like to leave for boot camp Tuesday. She gets 2 hours to decide. This year has been a wild journey to get here. She enlisted in…Continue

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Comment by jrowlo6 on September 6, 2018 at 11:09am
My son is leaving October 30th too.
Comment by RaksAndRoll on September 5, 2018 at 4:14pm

Does anyone have a SR leaving for BC the week of 9/24?  My daughter's date just moved up from October to 9/24. 

Comment by spencersmom on September 5, 2018 at 3:53pm

After months of a medical hold my son just found out he leaves for boot camp on October 30th. Anybody else have a child leaving the say day?

Comment by lemonelephant on September 4, 2018 at 11:05pm

I have left info on some of your My Pages about your future Sailor's rating (job/occupational specialty) or field and "A" School. If anyone else needs this info, leave a comment on my My Page with the rating or field and I will comment back on your My Page. I have info on every rating and field. I also have that info for the PACT programs. 

Comment by lemonelephant on September 4, 2018 at 11:04pm

Check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for..., and start discussing some of the things there with your future Sailor if you haven't done so.  

If you have not yet joined Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), now is a good time to do so and to begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) starting with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (some of you have changes that you need to make--at least change 3) and then go on to Arrival and What Happens at the RTC 

Comment by lemonelephant on September 4, 2018 at 11:01pm

Everyone, Make it a habit to check your My Page because you may have comments from Members and not even know it if you have the notifications turned off for comments on your My Page. To reply to someone who leaves a comment on your My Page, click on "Comment Back" or "View Thread" below the comment. Also check in the upper left to see if you have Friend requests or any new messages in your Inbox. 

Comment by lemonelephant on September 4, 2018 at 11:00pm

By counting nine Fridays, PIR is most likely 11/30//2018 for those who ship on 10/02/2018. It could be the week before, 11/21/2018 (That is Thanksgiving week, so PIR is on Wednesday.), if the recruit is placed in a Push Division in the TG from the week before. It is possible for some who arrive on the same date to have PIR a week apart. Wait on The Form Letter to know the PIR date for sure. Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what will soon be happening and what to expect.

Comment by Caligirl67 on September 4, 2018 at 8:06pm

My son said he will be reporting to the recruiters office (either weekly or daily) Not sure if I should go with him the last time before he leaves. I feel like I should let him be an adult but the mama bear wants to know everything. I really want to know when PIR will be because I have sky miles and they keep having good deals on flights. 

Comment by RaksAndRoll on September 4, 2018 at 11:32am


My daughter is also leaving 10/2/18.  She too is cleaning out her room and is arranging for a garage sale!  Getting themselves prepared is a good thing.  

Keep yourself busy.  I hope we get to meet at PIR!


Comment by Caligirl67 on September 3, 2018 at 11:31am

Leaving October 2 2018. On count down and trying to enjoy plus get ready. Came home the other day and he was packing up things in his room he didn't have a need for. That was hard on me. I had to walk away  to hide the tears.


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