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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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.


1. On a daily basis, check your page (MY PAGE on the above menu bar - people will post comments - if you don't check it - you'll never know)
2. On a daily basis, check your inbox (upper right, just underneath you name banner)
3. On a daily basis, check in with your groups.
4. Remember to keep you info about yourself and sailor in "public" places innocuous - no last names, specific home addresses, high schools. (OK with private messages with Friends)
5. Need something, use the SEARCH function in the BLOG or FORUM first before posting a new blog. Also check the discussion topics under each of your groups before posting new blog or forum discussion.

A lot has been written just about everything since Mar 2008 when N4M started. The Search function should be your best friend.
WANT TO CHANGE YOUR PERSONAL INFO ? Go to Settings (upper right, just underneath you name banner - USERNAME is your screen name - make sure that is NOT your real last name)
WANT TO DELETE SOMEONE FROM YOUR FRIEND LIST? Click on her photo (will take you to her page), click on Remove.
DON'T WANT TO GET ALL THOSE NOTIFICATIONS ON YOUR REGULAR EMAIL? Look for "Follow" or "Stop following" and click on your preference (usually just under the comment box)
INFORMATION LOOKS OLD AND NOT UPDATED? (thanks to deemedic) I just noticed that if you use Firefox and have it remember your active tabs it doesn't really refresh your page when you open Firefox each day, it just reloads from your cache. So I was missing stuff in my inbox and other notifications. So refresh your pages too ladies!! Same goes for Windows Explorer.

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yes!!! The Search function should be your best friend.

So many people ask the same questions that have been thoroughly discussed SEVERAL times.
They would get MUCH MORE information if they went back and read some of those discussions!

Thanks, Bea for taking time to do this! Yes, N4M's has grown so much. It is not anything like what it started out as - BUT I have made MANY, MANY lifelong good friends here!
Note from deemedic on January 5, 2010
Thanks Bea, I just noticed that if you use Firefox and have it remember your active tabs it doesn't really refresh your page when you open Firefox each day, it just reloads from your cache. So I was missing stuff in my inbox and other notifications. So refresh your pages too ladies!!

Reply by martinmartinx2 on January 5, 2010 at 11:40am

Hi Bea, I try and get on every morning sometimes its difficult with work a husband and a son still at home. Plus hes in basketball with practices and games this doesnt leave me much time.I am trying!!!You posted alot of good things on this page that I didnt know. I bet alot of moms are reading it and didnt know it either.Keep us posted,us new moms need it and thank you!!!!!

Reply by CharlotteT (Sailor Tori's Mom) on January 5, 2010 at 9:50am
Whew, I love reminders! I wish someone had posted one when I first started. I felt so lost!!! Thank you Bea, You Rock! Have a great day.
I'm unable to delete my first post. It is critical that I do so. Please let me know how to perform this function.

Blue Tang, You can delete anything you have posted by clicking the x next to it.

I have left info for you on your My Page.


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