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:

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.



My son is leaving on August 24th for bootcamp.  He was accepted into the Nuke Program, has been in DEP since December 2nd and was given a sign on bonus. He has always been very athletic, captain of the Basketball, Football and Baseball teams or 2 years...6'5" and about 215. (Don't know if that's relevant) Before seriously thinking of the Navy he wanted to be a Sports Physical Therapist and initially was conidering ROTC .  Aways wanted to do something athletic with his life, not sit behind a desk. He loves Math & Science and in my heart I know he would do very well in the Nuke program. 


He scored very high on the ASVAB and was offered a job while at MEPS, which was very exciting to him.  Of course I liked this becuase if he's in the Nuke Program he would be relatively safe.  He recently went to a Chief's re-enlistment and met some other DEP guys that were in he's wanting to change jobs. 


My husband was in the Navy 20 years ago and is not wanting him to ask his recruiter about the possibility because it will look like he can't make a decision.  My hubby also says once you sign on the line your stuck in that job.  One of the DEP guys told him that until he leaves he can still change jobs. 


It's Saturday and Daniel (my son) cannot call his recruiter today so I'm hoping to find out if it's even possible to change jobs after swearing ...  Also they must really want him in the Nuke program if they gave a sign on bonus??? Or am I thinking too much?  Can anyone help answer these questions?


Thank you sooooo much!



Views: 103

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Not positive - but I'm pretty sure he is not stuck in the "job" until he signs again the day he leaves for boot camp. Also, special ops also gives bonuses - so. . . . .

Both programs are relatively ROUGH!! Good Luck to your son!
Thank you so much for replying...that's what he's been hearing too.

Anyone know if there are positions in the SEAL's? I thought there were a very limited number chosen and everything I'm reading on this site states the Navy is full, so to speak.

Kathy how do I convince him it's not worth it??? He wants it so bad. If I could only convice him to get through the Nuke program...he'll only be 24 after his 6 years...and then he can try to change, if he even wants to then.
My son is also very athletic (football, wrestling, baseball) and considered SEALs. It is my understanding that they get a rate first and change sometime before PIR. I'm not exactly sure. My son was going to school to be a Heath/PE teacher so that he could coach. Big change, huh?
My son is totally in this group, bless his heart. It's been one thing after another for 3.5 years (BDCP) and he's gone from OCS and aviation to waiting 7 months for entry to Nuc school, to entering boot camp with 5 days notice unrated - today. He just sent the last text message that he was at the gates. No idea what he'll end up doing - we only half joke that he'll probably be scrubbing the bilge somewhere!

Love my kid but recognize that he has probably not managed his budding Navy career as well as he could have. He wants to blame his recruiters/command but bottom line it sure seems like these kids need to be very pro-active and on the ball.
Hoppi, My son is in the same situation as the original poster. Except he wants Navy Diver.
DEP until March 30, 2011, signed for a DC and is now working toward a Navy Diver contract instead. With his training and his improvement with his times, an Officer at training said he is well on his way for a contract in the fall.

If, big if, he fail's out of Navy Diver at Boot Camp or A school, can he go back to the original DC, or will he be subjected to any job available at that time.

Thanks so much, all of your information is so helpful.
Ozzy Hoppi will be along soon to answer your question.She's great isn't she. I have a group that may help prepare you as well as your son for boot camp, answer some questions, etc read some of the discussions for good info

Also go to YouTube and search Navy boot camp, graduation, Battlestations21 (CNN has a good one)...maybe even try Navy Divers

There's a lot of good info on this site as well.
Thanks JessicaB, I will definitely look at all of those sights.

Just when I think I know what is going on, someone post's a new question that I have not thought of! I have been plowing through N4M's, however, have not gone to YouTube. Thanks again.
Thank you so much Hoppi, I appreciate the information, it's what I thought it would be.

What is EOD? So do you mean that Navy Diver's are overall a group pretty good guy's?


© 2024   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service