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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"Bunker, my family to a "T."  As a young tough Sailor I always managed to hold those…"

Buckeyebill replied Aug 12, 2015 to Not fitting in

361 Jan 23, 2016
Reply by CryptoDad

"Scarlet, savor those kisses because it may be awhile before the next.  There is no l…"

Buckeyebill replied Aug 12, 2015 to join the navy or go to college first?

19 Aug 14, 2015
Reply by CryptoDad

"There is a saying in the Navy  "Choose your rate choose your fate."  Being some rate…"

Buckeyebill replied Aug 12, 2015 to "Whole Person Concept" - it's not just your exam scores that get you advanced, it's your Final Multiple Score (FMS).

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"There is no gift greater/better than seeing proud Mom and Dad in the reviewing stand…"

Buckeyebill replied Aug 12, 2015 to PIR Gifts

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"Hell, the Bees build their world brick by brick, beam by beam and are on shore welco…"

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"Contact the Public Affairs Office at Great Lakes or the OMBUDMANS Office one of thes…"

Buckeyebill replied Aug 12, 2015 to Paper tickets, final Confirmation for PIR

4 Aug 12, 2015
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"Lisa,  it takes a strong woman to be a Navy wife. The Navy does not effect your marr…"

Buckeyebill replied Aug 11, 2015 to Husband is considering joining the Navy

4 Aug 11, 2015
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"Kelly,  I don't have a fuzzy feel good answer.  In time your daughter will come to h…"

Buckeyebill replied Aug 11, 2015 to Daughter just left for boot camp! have questions!!

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"Scarlet, One never knows what will happen when you join the Navy you just might fall…"

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