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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Boot Camp Forum (1,597)

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Y'all! Y'all, y'all, y'all - out of RCU!

My son called and he was finally ASMOd from the RCU to a new Div so he can finish out BC and graduate! So happy! They do an "alternate card…

Started by TravelinMom

15 Oct 23, 2023
Reply by TravelinMom

Letters to RTC

I just wanted to double check. Can you send a letter that requires more than one stamp to RTC? My kid is in RCU with an injury and will be…

Started by TravelinMom

0 Jul 31, 2023

Remedial Swim?

My son heads out to boot camp next week. He has some basic swim skills from years ago, but found his body has forgotten how to hold his bre…

Started by Iconographygirl

3 Jul 15, 2023
Reply by belovedbyHim

boot camp graduation time frame, time for dinner?

I'm a complete novice to the Navy scene! My son is graduating boot camp on 10/28. How long should we expect to be at the graduation ceremon…

Started by Sulayne

3 Oct 13, 2022
Reply by Chipmunk


Hey Ya'll, I have a question. My recruit is scheduled to graduate this Friday 3/18 however, I received a call from her last night stating s…

Started by Krystal

0 Mar 15, 2022

Son sent to RCU and is being separated - grieving!

Hi Navy Moms! Our son left for Basic 3 weeks ago and everything seemed fine.  Got the first call and 2 days ago we got our first letter (s…

Started by DuchessAK

7 Mar 14, 2022
Reply by osubuckeyegirl

New Navy Mom - Jan

Hello Navy Moms! I am a new Navy mom.  I am very proud to say our son is in the Navy but also very nervous as this is all new to me   Can a…

Started by Jan

2 Jan 27, 2022
Reply by Chipmunk

Holiday Liberty

Hello, My older son who was in boot camp a few years ago got liberty for the day on Christmas, I am not finding any info if this is an opti…

Started by NavyMom08

1 Dec 6, 2021
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet)

What exactly is a section leader?

My husband sent his first letter yesterday and he made mention of him being a section leader. How does one get appointed to be a section le…

Started by Kristen (Greg, Nuke ET3's Wife)

12 Oct 21, 2021
Reply by George

Son I'm BC now. Possible separation but trying waiver first

Hey everyone. My son is currently in BC. On P-4, the unit was asked if parents had previously served, to merge dependent & service reco…

Started by Jaxx

5 Sep 28, 2021
Reply by Jaxx


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