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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"Prayingmom2boys, I will also hold your son up in prayer. This seperation is really h…"

Northwoodsmom replied Nov 10, 2020 to Phone call?

8 Dec 8, 2020
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"I called the Waukegan visitor center and they sent a guide of interesting things to…"

Northwoodsmom replied Feb 29, 2020 to Updated PIR Weekend Suggestions and Advice?

3 Feb 29, 2020
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"Hi Katie, the best thing you can do for him now is alot of praise for what he is doi…"

Northwoodsmom replied Feb 17, 2020 to First time Navy mom

7 Mar 9, 2020
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"Stay safe and congratulations proud mom"

Northwoodsmom replied Feb 14, 2020 to Delayed Flight

1 Feb 14, 2020
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"I agee"

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7 Mar 9, 2020
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"I am not sure but I know if they are having trouble passing PT that they put them in…"

Northwoodsmom replied Feb 7, 2020 to IT - Intensive Training (punishment)... What is ITE?

4 Feb 16, 2020
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"Oh my gosh, are you talking about my son, it sounds exactly like him. It is a miracl…"

Northwoodsmom replied Feb 3, 2020 to From Boy to Man

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"Leighana, too funny, I felt the same way when I got the form letter. Just to see his…"

Northwoodsmom replied Feb 2, 2020 to Initial Letter

2 Feb 2, 2020
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"Thanks LoriPNM, the site does really help. Best advice I got is to remember mom's ar…"

Northwoodsmom replied Jan 19, 2020 to Does this still take place? Are has this changed?

8 Jan 19, 2020
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"So does this mean if you haven't heard anything after 10 days he is still in the pro…"

Northwoodsmom replied Jan 18, 2020 to Does this still take place? Are has this changed?

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