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.


Hi, y'all! I'm new here, up early to get ready to take our son back to his college town where he signed up for Navy. He's got three years of college under his belt, but decided he wants to get out and actually work in the "real world" and make some $$ to pay off his loans, then finish a degree with Uncle Sam's help!  So, here we go.  It's a long way from our Southern home to Great Lakes, MI, but I am excited he is taking this step, while a little concerned that he will be able to be all"SIR, YES SIR!" since he loves to argue and debate :). Looking forward to meeting other moms!

Views: 709

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

my son is ship 11 division 369 and I have not received a letter yet. He reported to Great Lakes 9-21-10
neilsmom here is the link to your PIR group
My son is also on Ship 11 div 001 - we have only received the form letter with a small note - no personal letters or calls yet. VickiMiMom has set up a forum for all Ship 11 div 001. Good to know there are more of us out there.
i know the saying is no news is good news.... but i have to admit im waiting for a letter so bad its driving me crazy...just to get a idea on whats going on her thoughts about being in BC.... It makes me think there pushing them so hard, that they haven't had time to sit down and write a letter yet..... and yes it is nice knowing there are more of us out there in the same waiting games...thank you
I haven't gotten a letter either but I think they are just too busy. No news is good news!
neilsmom. you are so right......I didnt hear from my son other then the I made it here call unitl about 3 weeks before he was to graduate. I have heard alot of people talking about how they will call in 3 weeks after arriving, that was not the case for me.
Ladies, I just received my first personal letter from my son today. This is his 4th week in BC and I was going crazy thinking something was wrong. I did find out he was on a different ship, but his DIV was correct. He's actually on SHIP 11/DIV 361. When I called the recruiting office this morning, they would only tell me that as long as his DIV is correct, that is all I needed for sending letters and for his PIR on 11/05/10

I still have not received a phone call, so you can only imagine how painful this has been. He sounded sad and homesick. He has a large division. He said his RDC is really tough. He said it is tough getting up at 0400, hitting the showers with 80 ohter guys. Says the water just hits your body and you're back out and going to PT, then marching 5-10 miles. The food was okay, so I was happy to hear it wasn't horrid. He is happy he has passed his tests. He knows as hard as it is, that he can see a difference in himself. He looked forward to receiving letters as he said "to keep me going". I could not tell when he sent the letter, so I am hoping that he will get all of our letters this week. Another mom told me that this Div had mail problems, so I hope this will get rectified. Anyway, I can't wait to hear his voice, but his letter and just seeing his writing, made me so happy and grateful! Hang in there all of you and don't panic if you don't hear anything when you think you should or others do before you.
My son has the same problems with the shower thing, he told me before he left that would be the hardest adjustment for him. Even though I have not received a letter letter from him I know what you mean by just seeing his hand writing.
My son left on Sept 20, 2010. The hardest part was sitting there waiting on him to swear in and not being able to talk to him. And then finally seeing him swear in and then just WAITING on him to load the bus. I cried the whole time walking out and watching him getting on that bus. The first call I got from him was at midnight saying that he was there and he had to go. Then the BOX came......and still NO letters or call or anything. Finally, on Sat. Oct 9 I got a call from him and we talked for about 25 minutes. I also received a letter from him on Friday Oct 8. I was so excited to hear his voice. He is 21 but he will always be my baby. He said that he was doing good and that he had to have ALL of his wisdom teeth pulled and that was pretty rough. But he said other than that he was doing good. He will graduate on Nov 12th and I can't wait to go and see him. This is really hard for me because he has always been at home all his life. I know that it is time to "let go" but he is a long ways away from home. I write him every single day and mail him a letter everyday. I don't want him to go a day without hearing from me. But I could hear a difference in his voice when he called saturday. I just keep telling myself that November isn't that far away before I can see him again.
Leslie! You are so right..mine left 9/21 and although he is 24 ..he's my babe. On a positive note..for YOU..your PIR is 11/12...mine is 11/19 so mine is ONE whole week longer. I have NOT heard from him since the 15 second call that he made it to BC and the PIR letter with the 4 small lines that came with 'the box'. I miss him so much! I think he's been calling his gf when he is able to make calls (grrrrr..). Anyhow..had to respond to you because regardless of their age, etc..they are our boys/girls/kids/spouses and we miss them. I still can't go in my son's room and I still sleep with his BOX next to my bed...can't even wash the dirty clothes..yet. So glad you have hear from you boy. What great kids..huh? Have a great day!
Does anyone know what the attire is for the parents to wear to the PIR? Is it dressy or casual?
Thanks for your advice. I am in PA so I too am used to cold. Can't wait until 11/12,,,,


© 2024   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service