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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Arwen's Discussions (816)

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"Information warfare for enlisted means ITs (computer security, radio communications,…"

Arwen replied Feb 5, 2011 to NROTC CYBER OPTION?!!?!

5 Feb 5, 2011
Reply by supertgrl

"Our glasses, in those pictures, are terrifyingly similar. All I can say in retrospec…"

Arwen replied Jan 28, 2011 to New dress white uniform: what do you think?

18 Jan 10, 2012
Reply by eastmom

"No, they dropped the beret just before I joined. I was very sad, it would have been…"

Arwen replied Jan 28, 2011 to New dress white uniform: what do you think?

18 Jan 10, 2012
Reply by eastmom

"I personally think the BPs are such a huge improvement over the old working uniforms…"

Arwen replied Jan 28, 2011 to New dress white uniform: what do you think?

18 Jan 10, 2012
Reply by eastmom

"The coins are a new thing for the Navy, based on an Army tradition that goes back to…"

Arwen replied Jan 24, 2011 to Things to bring our Sailors when attending PIR

44 Feb 2, 2011
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom

"I disagree about Anastasia's. Our PIR group went for our own private Meet and Greet…"

Arwen replied Jan 24, 2011 to Things to bring our Sailors when attending PIR

44 Feb 2, 2011
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom

"I second taking Amtrak. It is far, far more comfortable than taking the bus (flying…"

Arwen replied Jan 16, 2011 to Graduation?

187 Apr 8, 2011
Reply by Cgutierrez

"I've seen it happen, recruits who are sick or injured while in boot camp often finis…"

Arwen replied Jan 13, 2011 to No Boot Camp Graduation.... Straight to A School -- Has This Happened to Anyone Before?

4 Feb 1, 2011
Reply by nicole (ship 12 division 041)

"He already got the security clearance, while he was at IT school. So that part is al…"

Arwen replied Jan 6, 2011 to What happens to undesignated sailors when it's time to get a rating? How does it work?

3 Jan 6, 2011
Reply by Arwen

"Business casual is probably the most appropriate for the event. Dress uniforms are t…"

Arwen replied Jan 4, 2011 to Graduation attire

3 Jan 4, 2011
Reply by TORN816MOM


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