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



Bethesda Naval Hospital Moms


Bethesda Naval Hospital Moms

A group for family members with a loved one stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital

Members: 35
Latest Activity: Jan 20, 2018

Discussion Forum

Where to live?

Started by joemama. Last reply by NavyWife Aug 28, 2012. 1 Reply

Ft Belvior

Started by hermomi( 11-066). Last reply by NavyWife May 16, 2012. 1 Reply

Son leaving in 2 weeks

Started by nightnurse613. Last reply by Kalena Mar 3, 2011. 3 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Judi(NavyMom) on February 27, 2013 at 5:51pm

Hi-Robert/HM Mom. I sent you a friend request.  Our Sailors have alot in common.  I'll explain in private message. LOL

Comment by Robert/HM Mom on February 27, 2013 at 2:24pm

Thank you NavyWife, will let her know.  Please keep in touch!  My sailor is 27 and engage to a marine so I am actually going to be a Navy/Marine Mom pretty soon but his work is out of area for weeks at time and then back in town so it is a little hard for my salilor. Hopefully soon she will have to much to study and volunteer work to get upset about friends. 

Comment by NavyWife on February 27, 2013 at 2:15pm

Robert, I have to agree with you that meeting people in Bethesda is one of the hardest things to do. Although it's a big base, it's almost entirely hospital. There aren't many opportunities to meet people you don't work directly with. There's also no family support so I can't be a part of any "Navy wives" group, and I've only managed to meet one other wife here (through this site!). Despite all that, my husband loves the work he does in the ICU, and he recently started taking college classes online. There's an office on base that helps enlisted get that set up and it's not too hard although we had to jump through some hoops to get started. Tell your sailor to check that out and hang in there!

Comment by Robert/HM Mom on February 27, 2013 at 2:01pm

Hi everyone, I am also glad that some of the sailors love ones are starting to join this site.  There really isnt to much information but every little bit helps.  My sailor has been as Bethesda since August of last year.  She does love her work but it seem school, continuous studies, grants,  etc are very hard to start up. She is moving forward but at a snails rate.  She also has yet to have a couple good friends up there since she lives off base. This is her hardest challenge everyday.  Not really able to get to know people in this state.  I was born in MD and raised in NJ, NY and LA but my sailor was raised totally in FL, very differenct from the NE.  Like I said she loves the field she is in but its the people that are hard to get.  Once again glad to see some people on this site.  Hope to keep on hearing from you'll.  PS  AngiePNMx2 did your sailor op out over sea or deployed by military?

Comment by AngiePNMx2 on February 26, 2013 at 11:23pm

Hey sailor is no longer at Bethesda..left  for a new duty station over seas about 7 months ago...He worked with the wounded warriors.  He worked a lot of long days in a row and from 6:30 am to 7 pm.  We visited several times and stayed at the Navy lodge on base.  We took the metro train, which is right across the street from the Hospital, to DC to sight see.  I don't have a lot of info to share but I sure do miss my sailor living in the states and having the opportunity to see him on occasion.  Best wishes to everyone's sailors.

Comment by kmanmom on February 26, 2013 at 11:14pm

Hi Ladies,

My son has been at Bethesda for a little over a year.  I think he likes it ok.  But I don't get much information.  The gf gets more info than I do.  lol  He works in the CCU unit and has had some great opportunities to advance his future.  But we also know the whole "hurry up and wait" game too.  I don't think he is bored, but I think he also has a lot of spare time on his hands.  Just hoping he is using that time wisely.

Good to see some other Moms here.  Haven't been too active on here since the whole bootcamp days. 

Comment by MomP(Helen) on February 22, 2013 at 6:19pm

Hi Ladies.

So glad to hear someone is gonna use this site. My daughter is an orthopedic specialist. She's been at Bethesda for about 7 months now. Loves it for the most part. It's been a fantastic experience for her. So many pictures and stories.

Comment by Robert/HM Mom on February 22, 2013 at 10:27am

Hi Judi/NavyMom - so glad to hear from someone at this site.  My daughter is a anesthesia technician, she works in the operating rooms.  She wants to become a doctor in that field.  Lots of hard work.  As you know they dont really tell you everything when you enlist.  My daughter could have gone in as an officer but wasnt told that so now she trying to apply for Officer school.  She enjoys the work but finds it very lonely up there.  We are a very close family so until she finds friend it is diffcult.  Does your daughter live on base?  How does she like the Navy.  My daughter is very happy with 90% of everything.  There is always something that you dont like.  LOL How old is your daughter?  Is she an officer?  This is great!  Well have to get to work  Have a great day and thank you for write to me!

Comment by Judi(NavyMom) on February 21, 2013 at 9:29pm

Hu Robert/HM Mom!

My daughter has been at Bethesda for about a year now.  I'd be happy to swap stories with you!  I see your a Florida Mom too. I live in Port St Lucie.  

Where does your HN work? My daughter works on Wounded Warrior floor & she really likes it. Lots of great experience.  

Comment by Robert/HM Mom on February 21, 2013 at 1:38pm

Hello Navy Moms,  I have been looking for a site that would have a group of Sailor's love ones to talk too.  I see that this sites last activity was back in August of 2012.  Are there any Moms, Dads, Friends etc that what to make this site live again.!  Thank you!


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