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.

Format Downloads:

Latest Activity

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.)

N4M Merchandise

Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress. Para Familias

Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



1. Since Battlestations take place overnite, does the official ' I'm a Sailor call ' happen immediately upon completion or just anytime the next day?!?! Kinda concerned because if it's the day BEFORE PIR, we'll be flying into GL and more than likely won't get the call.


2. Does anyone have SPECIFIC info and instructions on arriving on base for PIR? The RTC site just gives the basic driving directions. How about which gates? Is there nearby parking (to entrance) for handicapped persons?


3. Also the same for picking up our Sailor for Liberty over the weekend.....I heard not to miss their amazing march to the parking lot. What time does this happen??  I'm guessing there's a specific area for this as well?!


4. Can you Adopt a Sailor (or 2 or 3!) for PIR weekend?


I'm sure I'll have more questions to come! Trying to gain as much knowledge now before 10-29-10!!


Views: 197

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

The "I'm a Sailor" call came to me about 1:30 pm on the east coast while the division was having their pizza party at the NEX. In terms of getting on base for PIR, there is only 1 gate, it will be clearly marked with road cones to get in, and you will pick up your SR the same way in the parking lot by the church. When you pick them up, be sure to get their early so you can see them march up. It's is wonderful. About adopting a sailor, you can take as many with you as your car can fit. Just be sure to have them back on base in enough time to walk back to their barracks to muster up for the night.

PIR is a wonderful experience. Take lots of pictures inside, but remember, no picture taking outside. Don't forget the tissues for PIR.
OMIGOSH,THANX FOR RESPONDING! Good to know there's actually only ONE gate, because I briefly read a post (not sure if it was this website) that there was a back road to skip the traffic and a different gate...!! Geez! Also glad we can take as many Sailors - my mom wants to take them to dinner!! She even mentioned paying for a cab so more can leave base.
Now when do they march to the parking lot?? Not PIR morning/another time???
When you pick up your Sailor for Liberty over the weekend (provided she'he are still there).
my call didn't come until 5:00 that afternoon on the east coast he said they got to take a nap afterward and he did he said they were all so tired but when he called he was very excited!
I didnt get my "Im a sailor" call until the plane landed in Chicago. Just a heads up, a lot of recruits want down time after BC, they want to be with their families or spouse and not share. I would suggest you ask your recruit first if she wants to share your company. I am all for including sailors with no family or friends there, but they have been with their bunkmates for up to 8 weeks, they may want to get away from them. Just a thought.
We've definitely discussed and are all for it. Especially since we were uncertain until last week that we we're gonna make it up there. My sister had been offered by other girls to tag along with them when she thought she'd be alone. I know I'm extremely grateful someone made the offer to my SR!!!!
Its a wonderful gesture to any SR that is alone. Enjoy PIR, you will never forget it!
Why can I not find the week to week schedule for boot camp? I have been told where to go and when I get there I can't find the schedule. Please someone, make me understand!!! I am trying to find out if this is the week for the gas chamber for ship 10 div 331
relax about finding the gate...there are signs, "I'm a sailor calls" started about 130pm and lasted till evening. the sailors may make plans to go with whom they want.over liberty weekend go to base about 0730-the march up about 0800...this is the "other " mornings not the am of pir

This is the link that I went to for a blow by blow rundown of bootcamp.

It was helpful, and gave me a sense of control (ha ha!) because I knew what was coming next. Good luck.



© 2023   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service