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.



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"CarylC - You may want to take a book or handheld game for your 7 year old as this ma…"

MidwestMom replied Aug 5, 2011 to Boot camp

11 Aug 19, 2011
Reply by StepMama

"The first week is probably the toughest...followed by the second week.  Hopefully yo…"

MidwestMom replied Aug 4, 2011 to My son left for bootcamp I am lost...

78 Aug 31, 2011
Reply by Lili ship

"Don't worry about the heat.  When it is too hot, they aren't allowed to PT and outsi…"

MidwestMom replied Aug 3, 2011 to Leaving for Boot Camp August 2

51 Aug 14, 2011
Reply by lemonelephant

"My husband was assigned to a ship the first 3 years of our marriage (a LONG time ago…"

MidwestMom replied Aug 2, 2011 to New or Veteran Navy Wives?

5 Aug 3, 2011
Reply by Emily

"My son graduated in early July and we were able to hand him an all black tote and ba…"

MidwestMom replied Aug 1, 2011 to Gate Pass at Airport after Graduation & Items to Bring

3 Aug 10, 2011
Reply by BunkerQB

"Our son was able to find four extra slots that were available from three different s…"

MidwestMom replied Aug 1, 2011 to grad in Great Lakes

5 Aug 1, 2011
Reply by ebigirl

"My son also appeared to have changed considerably after PIR, but it only took a shor…"

MidwestMom replied Jul 29, 2011 to Boot Camp

3 Jul 29, 2011
Reply by MidwestMom

"Stacey -- Even after they get to A school, there is no telling how long he'll be on…"

MidwestMom replied Jul 20, 2011 to A few unanswered questions

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Reply by lemonelephant

"Just keep breathing mom!  I can't believe she was offered a ship day for the followi…"

MidwestMom replied Jul 19, 2011 to Bootcamp

6 Jul 20, 2011
Reply by Alisa'sMom* Ship 2 DIV 912*

"I copied this from a posting that Angie did on the Discussions Forum: Can Single Par…"

MidwestMom replied Jul 18, 2011 to getting ready for boot camp.. saying goodbye to my kids

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