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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"They should know a few weeks before PIR. Quite often the first 2-3 divisions are ALL…"

Arwen replied Dec 29, 2010 to Things to bring our Sailors when attending PIR

44 Feb 2, 2011
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom

"I have flown through both O'Hare and Milwaukee, and found Milwaukee the easier airpo…"

Arwen replied Dec 28, 2010 to Which is the best place to fly in to O'hare or Milwaukee?

6 Jan 4, 2011
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"Do NOT bring civilian clothes, except maybe some comfortable clothes to wear in the…"

Arwen replied Dec 28, 2010 to Things to bring our Sailors when attending PIR

44 Feb 2, 2011
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom

"If you're not into getting up at 5 am to get in auto line (then after you get out of…"

Arwen replied Dec 20, 2010 to Transportation

9 Dec 20, 2010
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"Here's the official Navy version:   If you have satisfactorily completed 24 semester…"

Arwen replied Dec 20, 2010 to AA/AS Degree makes you an E3?

28 Oct 7, 2014
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"I agree with Lady Hamilton, don't wait until next summer. It can take months just to…"

Arwen replied Dec 13, 2010 to Thinking about joining the Navy... Not sure how to tell my mom.

25 Jan 20, 2011
Reply by Matts Mom (Ship 7 Div106)

"I found silk long underwear at and For rack packs,…"

Arwen replied Dec 8, 2010 to ~ Holiday Gifts for ACTIVE DUTY sailors ~

25 Jan 9, 2011

"Just be sure to wait until he has permission to receive them. If they are sent too s…"

Arwen replied Dec 8, 2010 to My sons "kid box" contained his contact lenses

5 Dec 8, 2010
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"The rack pack company has a list of ships that have authorized rack packs posted on…"

Arwen replied Dec 5, 2010 to ~ Holiday Gifts for ACTIVE DUTY sailors ~

25 Jan 9, 2011

"Sailors' lives need to be small, to fit in the itty bitty spaces they have to store…"

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