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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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.


RTC Graduation

**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.

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.



I am a Navy mom and I can tell you that it is difficult during bootcamp to not be able to speak to your child but we made it through and he has now been in for 2 years. I am very proud of him and what the Navy has done for him. Hang in there. You will be two years out before you know it. 

I want to share that when my son was in bootcamp, I wrote him letters daily. One of the things that I did for him in his letters is that I wrote a poem of encouragement in each one. I wanted the letters to be meaningful rather than "I am good, your sister and nieces and nephews are good, the rest of the family etc. Although he needed to hear that we were OK. I wanted him to know that he is not alone, how to lead, from his toes up he has this. That was what I focused on. 

For graduation, I gave him his book of encouragement and then published it in his honor. If you are interested, you are welcome to copy any of the words of encouragement and send to your recruit. Here is the link

If the link does not post, please feel free to reach out to me and I can help as I have been there and want to support others. I can be e-mailed at as names can't be used. 


With love, J

Views: 173

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Hello TouchofHeart63,

Thank you for sharing.  It is most inspiring to read how you lived through it.  I was thinking of writing to my son every day, but I want to make sure I say what can help him.  So I will write three times a week.  I will start now so that when I get his address I can mail them right a way.

Again thank you.

comehereyoung (I am originally from France and came in GA on 01/1992)

You are welcome. I still give my son words of encouragement when it hits my heart to do it. (Daily if needed) I am so glad that you are sharing with him. Feel free to reach out to me through my e-mail if you want. I can help write what ever message personally that you want to give him. My personal e-mail is 

Hello J.

I just send 2 texts messages to my son's cell phone.  I send him pictures of the furniture I moved around our house.  I know he will not sees it until he got his phone back, but he will see them soon as he get his cell back.

I hope everything goes well for you.



© 2021   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service