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.



Life Goes On (after Boot Camp, And PIR) (32)

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Deployment help with pets

I was just wandering if anyone knows if there are agencies or people out there who specifically offer to help foster pets while sailors are…

Started by EllenL

5 May 31, 2022
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Nuke Family

My sailor is a studying to be a nuke ... in power school b and preparing to graduate soon and move on to prototype. Any other moms that are…

Started by Love2serve

5 Mar 27, 2017
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what personal items to take to A school

Hello everyone, My daughter has PIR in a couple of weeks and goes to A school the next day in Virginia. As far as the dormitories are conce…

Started by Susanr

5 Mar 27, 2017
Reply by Momma bear

Orders/Marriage Questions/Advice

My son is currently in A school and looked online and saw his orders are for Hawaii. He still has over a month left at A school. He intends…

Started by Dawn1517

5 May 13, 2016
Reply by Dawn1517

Orders without security clearance done?

Is that usual? My husband has been on s security hold for a long time. We aren't sure why it has been since October since graduating a scho…

Started by Sarah

3 Mar 7, 2016
Reply by lemonelephant

Logistic Specialist A School and Beyond

Hi everyone, my sailor just got rerated to Logistic Specialist and will be going to Meridian A School for training. Other than that, we hav…

Started by van1612

2 Oct 31, 2015
Reply by van1612

Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving (CEODD) Preparatory Course [VIDEO]

Graduates of Recruit Training who are selected as candidates for Navy Diver, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician or Hospital Corps…

Started by Navy for Moms Admin

0 Apr 3, 2015

Life in A-school

Hi, my husband graduates on 08/06/10 and his A-school is in Great Lakes. His schooling is for over a year and I will be going to bootcamp i…

Started by CTIgirl

16 Jun 15, 2014
Reply by Dawnrenee35

What happens after A school?

Hello !! I'm new to this site so I still need to learn how to navigate through everything. My husband hasn't left for boot camp yet but I w…

Started by jasdm

3 May 21, 2014
Reply by lemonelephant

Ft. Sam Houston Corpsman A School

Any other Moms from PIR 11-01-13 have sailors that shipped out to Ft. Sam Houston after PIR?

Started by SiouxB56

3 Dec 2, 2013
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