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.

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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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



Advice Forum (1,007)

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My twin boys have to take ASVAB again!! Please advise of anything I can do!

We are all squared away now! Yeah!     I just talked to the recruiter.  My sons took the ASVAB at their high school - one this year and one…

Started by idahojeep

13 Jan 29, 2010
Reply by idahojeep

Trying to contact daughter

Hi!   My daughter was taken off her ship and sent back to San Diego for medical treatment on 1/21/10. The only thing I know is that she is…

Started by Lynnetta

5 Jan 26, 2010

First Deployment

Any advice about coping with this would be greatly appreciated.

Started by DianeLS7

5 Jan 19, 2010

After 1/15/10 PIR What items are allowed

Hi, we're going to see my son PIR on 1/15/10 and he is considered a Grab n Go but is staying there in Great Lakes. I need to know if I can…

Started by Tim'sMomfromTexas

1 Jan 15, 2010

First pay check

My son was added to my bank account before he left for BC, and he took the routing number, account number, bank info, with he left. We dit…

Started by Diane

4 Jan 12, 2010
Reply by Anti M

What to expect on the day my Son leaves for Boot Camp

My Son will be leaving on Jan 20. We all want to see him off. Do we just go to meps??? Help Thanks

Started by debbie

1 Jan 8, 2010
Reply by Brenda Sue

power of attorney

Need some advice - son is home now on leave before traveling to his first duty station. He is single, no signifigant other, just me and dad…

Started by Gulf Coast Mom

5 Jan 2, 2010
Reply by Nuke Wife

Weight problems for a big guy

My son is huge, a bit over 6'4" with big, broad shoulders. He's also naturally lean, with a large frame and little fat. He was about 208 lb…

Started by Arwen

8 Nov 30, 2009

What to do if/when your son/daughter gets deployed

So after spending the entire day fighting with Navy Federal.. (and I sent them my copy of the Power of Attorney)... I thought maybe those o…

Started by Debby

13 Nov 27, 2009

mail for Christmas

My son will be leaving for a long cruise (WesPac?) soon and will not be home for the holidays. I want to send him some Christmas wishes. Wh…

Started by Jo Griffith

11 Nov 6, 2009
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