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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Boot Camp Forum (1,590)

Discussions Replies Latest Activity

Timeline and commonalities?

Good Afternoon ~ So far I have only received the "form letter" from my son. He left for quarantine on 6/10 and listed his graduation date a…

Started by lauraadc

3 Jul 6, 2020
Reply by Chipmunk

SHIP 3 DIV 233 PIR 7/2

Anyone else's son or daughter at the same location? Would love to hear from you.

Started by judymg

2 Jun 29, 2020
Reply by IrishScorp

May boot camp

My son left for boot camp May 5th.  Two weeks quarantine and should be starting 2nd week of boot camp. No phone call or letter yet.  What s…

Started by Proud mama

1 Jun 1, 2020
Reply by Chipmunk

BC classes with initial quarantine period

So our son left for Great Lakes last week.  He was told that he would start this adventure with 14 days of quarantine due to Covid 19 and t…

Started by Francis

24 May 24, 2020
Reply by belovedbyHim

An address...finally!

I finally heard from my son's recruiter and got an address for him.  We got our initial 30 second "I made it safe" call the night he arrive…

Started by DispatchDuchess

0 Mar 24, 2020

Son is leaving for BC on March 17, 2020

My son flies out to BC on March 17. I'm trying to figure out his graduation date. I counted out 9 weeks since the 1st week doesn't count, t…

Started by DispatchDuchess

3 Mar 5, 2020
Reply by ITCorpmanMom

My daughter is in STEPS

My daughter shipped to BC 2/3.  We finally got a letter today (2/21) from her.  She failed first run (2/10) and second run (2/12) last week…

Started by dierdrem76

8 Mar 2, 2020
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN

Top 10 Tips and Tricks that I Learned at PIR

Phoenixmom suggested that I post this information here - hope you all find it helpful! :) Hi Everyone!! We are back from PIR weekend, and i…

Started by Velvetenor

4 Feb 13, 2020
Reply by Robin

Valentine's cards

School students making Valentine's for recruits in son's division. I need proper mailing advice. I told them no glitter.

Started by Northwoodsmom

0 Feb 6, 2020

Other non-Sandboxx Options to Mail to Recruits While Traveling Out Of Country?

I downloaded the Sandboxx App and it kept my cell phone battery drained all day; indicator showed it would take 26 hours for full charge af…

Started by splehammarg

7 Jan 19, 2020
Reply by splehammarg


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