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.

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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.)

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



Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2330
Latest Activity: Dec 3, 2022

Discussion Forum

What happens after ASchool?

Started by SailorMom18. Last reply by Phoenixmom Feb 13, 2019. 1 Reply

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by SuBHuni34 Nov 29, 2018. 9 Replies

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Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on February 27, 2009 at 9:21pm
ooooops! "tearing ouR hair out". Sorry for the boo boo
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on February 27, 2009 at 9:21pm
Will, thanks for all your wonderful answers which keeps all of us from tearing out hair out. You enjoy your evening with Battlestar Galactica and have a great weekend. Vee
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on February 27, 2009 at 6:32pm
Hi your idea for "Navy for Dummies." I agree with Karen-Amber's Mom, and Kelly**Jake's Mom** on their idea. Take us through the process they go through from BC to A school and what are they doing while they are waiting to class up. And, what the procedure is once they get in A school.
You are the greatest, Will..keep on "sweating" for us out here....Vee
Comment by kim ann on February 26, 2009 at 12:34am
Not everyone may have symptoms. Why, not long ago, I knew of a patient that passed a stone the size of your thumb nail, and NO symptoms until...lets just say until the stones "final journey"- yes, he past it on his own! (Purple heart if I ever heard one deserved!) He did not have one iota of a symptom. Sometimes even xrays can't catch them, esp. if nonopaque stones.
Comment by kim ann on February 26, 2009 at 12:09am
As a former urology nurse, I can add a bit of insight in regards to the kidney stones issue from a civilian side (must say first a quick pardon to the sons, they hate me to admit or say I was in that field). Having kidney stones is a minor thing (unless it is happening to you, and then it is MAJOR), unless they are of the type that requires "outside-to-in" surgery (and these days that is nearly unheard of). So I must agree with Will, (which by the way-you and Hoppi keep going! Wonderful job your all doing! Love the 'personal touch' you give!) that to being considered for discharge, it must be more involved than just that. Yes, those who have a history of stones have a greater chance of reoccurrence of them, and being out at sea and having another "attack" would be an issue. But if one undergoes the treatments/care/tests after one, and keeps doing the Xrays to be catching any new ones early (and I think I could be safe to even say that the Navy physicians would have that under control), that even sea duty should not be a problem. There could always be a fluke incident....but that would be extremely rare. OK, gave my lesson for the day, and I am not that great of a teacher! Schools out, no quiz or tests today, that was a freebie! (PS, I said I was a "former" uro RN, I have "moved on" to a different specialty! Ha!)
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on February 23, 2009 at 1:41pm
Good morning, Will...I'm beginning to understand how it works...I just got a message from my grandson. He finished SCC 2 weeks ago, and is on the USS Porter waiting to be classed up in ATT. Thanks again for all your help. Vee
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on February 22, 2009 at 11:39pm
Will, you are AWESOME! Your comments have helped answer so many of my questions. My grandson joined the Navy in Nov. 08 and is in the GL Training Facility. He has completed his ATT (which I didn't know what it was until one of your comments) and is awaiting A school for GM. I don't know if he is in SCC yet or not. Thanks so much for all you do for us who are supporting our loved ones from home. Vee
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on February 22, 2009 at 12:12pm
Welcome SH1 Barton, I commend you for making yourself available to the parents and the spouses that may have concerns. I'm torn between being a former Navy wife and now a Navy mom.

Big difference! As a Navy mom of today, our sailors have cell phones, emails and social networks like this to keep the communication flowing. As a Navy wife, geez....I prayed for a letter to come once a month depending on where that ship was deployed!

The availability of information today certainly makes it a different Navy from the families perspective.

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