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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sunshine73 replied Jun 21, 2012 to Ribbons

8 Jun 21, 2012
Reply by kdmac1

"Haha! Loved those responses and I totally agree. While my son has gained so much ind…"

sunshine73 replied Feb 20, 2012 to Am I doing something wrong?

8 Feb 21, 2012
Reply by TN Navy Mom (Stennis Nuke Mom)

"Thank-you! I feel like I did when he left for bootcamp last year. So much new inform…"

sunshine73 replied Dec 11, 2011 to What phone plan does my sailor need for the Pacific?

3 Dec 11, 2011
Reply by Anti M

"As soon as you know your child's PIR date, form a group. My group of PIR moms was my…"

sunshine73 replied Dec 9, 2011 to My Son Went To The RTC Today

3 Dec 9, 2011
Reply by sunshine73

"My son graduated from A school on July 8th. He started C school (stayed at Corry) ju…"

sunshine73 replied Jul 26, 2011 to Pensacola A-School Graduation..what's next?

3 Jul 27, 2011
Reply by Kimnsc

"I met my son at the airport with his backpack that he packed before he left. It cont…"

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4 Jul 27, 2011
Reply by hopesolomon

"You can contact his recruiter who can get the address for you once your SR is in the…"

sunshine73 replied Jul 13, 2011 to Address to Write My Son in Boot Camp at Great Lake, IL

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"Hi! Several of us from my son's PIR group stayed at the Residence Inn and took the 6…"

sunshine73 replied Jul 2, 2011 to PIR August 12th, 2011 Questions needing answers, worried momma and where to stay

13 Aug 8, 2011
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"Hi Jill, My son has been at Corry since March 5th. You are allowed to go on base as…"

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