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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All Discussions Tagged 'ship' (13)

Discussions Replies Latest Activity

Boot camp address confusion

Hello, Everyone! My son is now at GL. We received the form letter about a week after he left. I noticed that the address IN the form letter…

Started by DoodlesMom

2 Dec 29, 2019
Reply by DoodlesMom

Ship Date

Hi All - my sailor finally received his ship date for boot camp, which is in two weeks! it seemed like forever ago when he swore in at MEPS…

Started by Nautical Mom

3 Aug 14, 2019
Reply by lemonelephant

Ship staff and flag bearer in formation?

ok, i feel stupid asking but i just got my son's first letter - not the form letter (havent gotten that) and he mentions that he is the fla…

Started by FLNavyMom

2 Sep 14, 2017
Reply by Familyof6

Why is my sailors ship date so far out?

My niece just picked her job and swore in today. Her recruiter gave her a ship date of April 2017. Why is her ship date so far out if they…

Started by jessicas

3 Sep 8, 2016
Reply by lemonelephant

Ship 06 Div 177 PIR 05/06/2016

any one else have a recruit in ship 06 div 177 i would like for us to stay connected so when recruits gain access to call we can share with…

Started by lno627

4 May 7, 2016
Reply by suzy1110

When sailors ship out from any info?

My sailor is shipping out in the near future.  It is his first deployment.  Are family member allowed to watch them ship out and say goodby…

Started by Betsy

3 Nov 6, 2015
Reply by Anti M

SR left 3/16/15..Surprise Phone Call

I haven't gotten a form letter yet, but I did get a phone call. My SR needed to get some information from me and his Dad. It was about 14 m…

Started by mrsdfree2014

0 Mar 25, 2015

Getting mail at boot camp

My son is PIR 6-14-13 ship 14 div 223.  He states he has not received any mail from anyone.  I've sent him countless letters and cards. I t…

Started by navytwins

1 May 17, 2013
Reply by lemonelephant

What's "ship staff"?

My husband mentioned "ship staff" in his last letter... I've run a few Google searches, but I cannot find any satisfactory answers.  What i…

Started by Virginia (Ship 2 - Div. 928)

4 Apr 25, 2011
Reply by Sonia 02/928

UnDesignated Seamen

Can anybody describe to me the process you go through to strike a rate?

Started by BornSailor

5 Jan 13, 2011


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