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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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Looking to conect with other families of sons/daughters/love ones leaving for bootcamp March 1st.  My son has MEPS on the 28th of February and swears in/departs from St Louis to Chicago (Great Lakes) on the 1st.

I am so excited/sad at the same time :)

Take care-


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They are listing BC leave dates at:

 DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in March


Great way to see who are love ones are meeting...

Made a PIR group:


I assume we will all be there at the same graduation...

Hi Sherri...

I have a neice, Natalie,  who left on March 1.  I am excited for her too but nervous and hoping that she's still excited about her choice to join.  She was so pumped up when she left that I got to feeling pretty good about it.  Then her dad got the "I'm here" phone call and he told me that she sounded scared to death.  So, of course, it freaked me out.  I hear after the first three days it calms down for them.  She doesn't do well with little sleep either so it should be interesting.  I guess I'll just keep praying for her and all the other recruits. 

Are you planning on going to graduation and what is your son's job going to be? 

Natalie's recruiter told me that he should know next week so if I find out, I'll post it. 

Natalie has lived with me the last 9 months....trying to figure out what she wanted to do with herself.  Her mom is deceased and she had been living with her dad.  He's very supportive of her decision to join and we all get along great so we're exited for her new adventure.  What an adventure, I'm sure!

I have a nephew, Trey on the Ronald Reagan right now.  He was with the Nimitz.  He's a purple shirt.

Hope you're having a great day!



Please accept my apology.  I really don't know how to get all of my messages from this website !!!  Uggg. I just read your message to me about your Neice Natalie.  You wrote it on the 4th of March.  By now I am sure you have heard from her.  How is she doing?  I just heard from my son on Tuesday, March 22.  I got to talk to him for about 10 minutes.  It was great!!!  He really wants to come home but says he is doing fine.  He has become friends with 3 other young men and they are all going to A school at GL so he says he is really excited about A school now. 

As far as what job he will have that remains to be seen yet.  Hopefully he will know at PIR. Where are you and your family staying when you go to graduation?

Feel free to email me instead of talking on this site

I hope your neice is well and your anxieties have calmed as well.   Mine finally have!!!  :-)


Follow these instructions. 

Watch the four videos, look at the Powerpoint presentation  - it will give you a really good idea what your recruit will be going trhough.


New Video "Welcome To Boot Camp - Processing Day" (Navy Live)   (click here)

New Video "Return To Boot Camp - Reveille" (Navy Live)  (click here)

New Video "Return To Boot Camp - Physical Training"  (click here)

New Video "Return To Boot Camp - Preview of Battle Station, PIR"  (click here)

All released recently 03/01/2011, more will be released next month.

Bootcamp Processing Days  (click here)

This is a fantastic power point presentation made by Craig, a N4M member. He was in the Navy himself and has a son in the Navy. You'll see maps, photos - a great overview of the beginning processing days.

Next Steps:

  1. Next check messages left on your personal page - from above menubar, click MY PAGE, scroll down - see the links to bootcamp groups - join those. You'll find that JessicaB has posted a welcoming message for you with links to the Bootcamp and Depper groups. Join the one appropriate. If you have an address (either from your recruit or the recruiter), start writing (plain regular letter size envelopes - the two addresses may be different - don't panic - it'll get there - use the one your recruit gives you as soon as you get it). Remember to check you status box (upper right) for messages on your Inbox, friend requests, etc.  Here is the link to Bootcamp moms group.

    Boot Camp Moms
  2. Barracks are named after ships. For example Ship 12 is USS Triton which may house more than one division. The real USS Triton has been decommissioned.
  3. When you get the letter with the PIR date, join the group for that - click here to see list of PIR groups.

    Groups Listed by PIR date.

    You'll get a letter with the PASSWORD to print the parking pass.  KEEP THIS LETTER.  If you are using Internet Explorer (doesn't work), download Mozilla Firefox (free - will work) and use it to print your parking pass for PIR. Parking passes are normally available about one to two weeks prior to the actual PIR date. Go here to get your pass.

  4. Next join this group to prepare for PIR. Read through the many topics. Your questions should be answered (such as hotels to stay, how many guests, parking, what to wear, etc.)

  5. If you know where your sailor is going for A school or his rating, check for groups listed by Job Rating. If you know what ship he is going to, check for groups listed by name of his ship (the active ships out on the Fleet not the bootcamp barracks named after ships). Looking for a local group or special interest group to join?  Click on the following master list of groups:

               GROUPS: Listed by Name of US Naval Ship

               GROUPS: Listed by PIR Date - Pass In Review (Boot Ca...

               GROUPS: Listed by Navy Job Rating

               GROUPS: Listed by Geographical Location (States, Cit...

               GROUPS: Listed by Special Interest

They can be found also under Forum Discussion under "How To Do Stuff on N4M"

When you are done with looking at all the sites - you'll will know more than you want. Welcome to N4M. Good luck to your sailor. Have fun. Be proud. Buy tissues in bulk.



  1. Want to learn how to use NAVY FOR MOM site? Go to FORUM, HOW TO DO STUFF ON N4M category, look at the many discussion of changing your password, username, downloading a photo, making your profile private, etc. 
  2. If you are getting too many email notifications, just click "STOP FOLLOWING" located just underneath the input comment box.
  3. Be sure to click on the MY PAGE tab on the menubar. This takes you to your personal page. Here you'll find a summary of activities including comments left on your page. On your personal page, you'll find a list of discussions created or participated in and blogs that you have created.
  4. Look at your status box on the upper right - with INBOX, ALERTS, FRIENDS, SETTINGS. Just underneath that will be a line with invitations from others to attend events or join another group.
  5. If you have joined a bunch of groups, you can always go right to them by click GROUPS tab, then "MY GROUPS" in small print on the left - same thing with Discussions and Blogs. 
  6. With any group, there are discussions added by members. The list displayed may not be the entire list (group admins can set the number to display). Be sure to click "View All" under the Discussions (on the right just under the displayed list of discussions).


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