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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**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.

Format Downloads:

Latest Activity

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.)

N4M Merchandise

Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress. Para Familias

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



Boot Camp Forum (1,593)

Discussions Replies Latest Activity

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

Must Get Boot Camp Guide

Merry Christmas!  I recently found this forum and I was so overjoyed! My twins will be leaving for Boot Camp in the new year and I am excit…

Started by Jannice

4 Jan 6, 2020
Reply by Jannice

Boot camp address confusion

Hello, Everyone! My son is now at GL. We received the form letter about a week after he left. I noticed that the address IN the form letter…

Started by DoodlesMom

2 Dec 29, 2019
Reply by DoodlesMom

When do we get a letter

So my baby girl left 17 days ago on Nov 18th and I have received nothing.  I got her address from the recruiter and joined the sandboxx.  B…

Started by Kayasmom

12 Dec 12, 2019
Reply by Kayasmom

My little boy is now a man and left today

So my first born, my first true love is off to boot camp. He swore in at 9:30am. We got to be with him until 11:30am. We left at about 11:1…

Started by NukemomofC

7 Oct 30, 2019
Reply by Phoenixmom

PIR date and diviison

Hello Everyone, I am trying to determine my son's likely division assignment.  I realize that nothing is certain until I recieve the form l…

Started by Todd

12 Oct 20, 2019
Reply by lemonelephant


© 2021   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service