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 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). Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**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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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.



All Discussions Tagged 'DEP' (9)

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So happy to have found this site!! My daughter went to MEPS last week. Because of COVID, we were not allowed to go. She sent me a text sayi…

Started by Shoosh

10 Aug 13, 2020
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN

Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for RTC

As you prepare for your future Sailor to leave, breathe and take one day at a time. Read OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes To Your Profile)…

Started by lemonelephant

230 Aug 27, 2019
Reply by lemonelephant

Switching recruiters?

I'm currently in DEP, with a contract to be a sonar tech. However, I am trying to get my rate switched to CTI (I have already taken and pas…

Started by kate1234

1 Mar 21, 2014
Reply by Craig

Choosing a Job at MEPS

Hi all...I'm a newbie here and I've been perusing the forums for some answers but still can't quite nail down a few questions. It's possibl…

Started by Sierrascrapper (ETN2)

30 Jun 15, 2013
Reply by Sierrascrapper (ETN2)

Link to MEPS nationwide

This link has some interesting info and I haven't seen it posted yet, so I thought I would share. The page that comes up when you open it i…

Started by Hannah88

4 Jan 28, 2012
Reply by Hannah88

New Recruiter in town

Hi, My son is in the DEP and the man that recruited him has a terminal illness (if I'm understanding correctly) so the recruitment office h…

Started by TJsMama

2 Oct 12, 2011
Reply by TJsMama

How much advantage is there for Deppers to take the knowledge and fitness test?

Since he has nothing else to do (no job, no school, no friends in our new town) Chris has been working hard studying his DEP book and worki…

Started by Arwen

8 Jul 18, 2011
Reply by Dkdj mom

Information about DEP

My daughter finished MEPS yesterday but there were no jobs. She told the liason that she was open to pretty much anything with the exceptio…

Started by PoliceWifeNavyMom

10 Jan 26, 2011
Reply by PoliceWifeNavyMom

Weight problems for a big guy

My son is huge, a bit over 6'4" with big, broad shoulders. He's also naturally lean, with a large frame and little fat. He was about 208 lb…

Started by Arwen

8 Nov 30, 2009


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