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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"if you have to change your ticket it will cost about 200 dollars for overseas but it…"

mom 56 replied Mar 16, 2012 to When deployment is extended

4 Mar 16, 2012
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"the computers dont always work when the ship is out at sea it might be easier to get…"

mom 56 replied Mar 16, 2012 to Banking

5 Mar 19, 2012
Reply by SentryMom-Beth

"hi there is also a dc group and a group for the ship your son is on as well so you c…"

mom 56 replied Jul 24, 2011 to Navy Mom who wants to help.

2 Jul 24, 2011
Reply by lemonelephant

"hi kasi finding a job is hard to do at this time but the military is also pretty ful…"

mom 56 replied May 13, 2011 to How to talk to parents???

1 May 13, 2011
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"hi when you get the box with his clothes they will send paper work telling you about…"

mom 56 replied Mar 14, 2011 to My daughter is finally enlisted. HELP!

3 Mar 15, 2011
Reply by mommadash

"hi it depends if there is a job open for him  how well his scores are on his test  i…"

mom 56 replied Feb 16, 2011 to Leaving for Boot Camp

3 Feb 16, 2011

"hi  the pictures start about 150 dollars so they are not cheap .as far as the clothe…"

mom 56 replied Dec 28, 2010 to Things to bring our Sailors when attending PIR

44 Feb 2, 2011
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom

"craig is right donate your hair if you have 8 inch or more and most places will cut…"

mom 56 replied Dec 9, 2010 to i am a girl joining the navy

19 Feb 21, 2011

"hi they can also join the nfcu"

mom 56 replied Dec 2, 2010 to Advice From A Mom Just Just Returned From 10/2010 PIR

18 Oct 20, 2011
Reply by ChellesgirlzNvySstr

"hi your date could change again if your son gets a push div it could be as early as…"

mom 56 replied Oct 18, 2010 to Trying to figure out when graduation (PIR?) is.

2 Oct 19, 2010
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