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 restingnHIM on March 13, 2012 at 11:34am

Hi Trisha -- congratulations on your daughters achievments ! My sailor has only been down there for a little over a month . He seems to be adjusting but it has been slow since he knew only one other person there . Is your daughter moving on after two years or is she staying longer ?

Comment by restingnHIM on January 27, 2012 at 10:55am

CorpMomM ---no worries life is busy ! Your description was very helpful and our sailor is all setteled in ! Nice to have him here on the east coast for the next 2yrs. We made a run to the Target down the road from the base for some things to settle him in and I was impressed with all that is around and how close . I know that once he gets his schedule and gets adjusted to the new base and all he will have plenty to go and explore !  Thanks for your help and insight.

Judi(NavyMom) -- he said his internet/wifi works great .

Comment by restingnHIM on January 24, 2012 at 11:08am

Judi(NavyMom),  We are heading down there tomorrow with our sailor --- will let you know what we find out , it's all new to us ! Have a good day !

Comment by Judi(NavyMom) on January 23, 2012 at 10:57pm

Hi everyone!

My daughter will be heading to Bethesda in early March. She is so excited!

I appreciated your description of barracks a few posts back. How about internet access? Hopefully,better than SA.    

Comment by restingnHIM on January 20, 2012 at 12:31pm

CorpMomM , thanks -- I sent a friend request to send you my e-mail because I am awful with technology know how haha !

Comment by restingnHIM on January 18, 2012 at 10:16am

Thank you very much for the insight CorpMomM !  He will be sure to take the sheets as well that we bought him in SA -- will have to send a good pillow . The quarters sound small but, I am sure they aren't roomy on a ship . I will message my e-mail to you now ( or I will at least try : / ) .  Also thanks for the tip on the Navy Lodge my husband likes that idea of staying there when we visit. I am so thankful for this site and the kindness shown .

Comment by restingnHIM on January 17, 2012 at 10:17am

Thank you to those of you who started this group ! I know some of the info may be older but I read through all of it last night since my sailor is headed to Bethesda next week . I have no idea what to expect and of course my 19yr old sailor takes it all in stride and is excited to be going . Info though from him is -- a smile and mom , don't worry I will be fine  : )    I am excited as well for him but like to have some info going in. It sounds like the sailors seem to like it there and do well. One question I have is about the barracks/dorms (?) on base -- what are they like and do we need to send bedding and such ?  Again , thank you to those who have shared --- this moms anxious heart feels a bit better .

Comment by restingnHIM on January 6, 2012 at 10:44am

Kalena when is the festival ? It sounds like a nice time to visit .

Comment by NavyWife on September 30, 2011 at 4:35pm
Hey there! My husband is in A School at San Antonio and just chose orders to Bethesda, MD! We will be there the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Comment by oceanblu on July 26, 2011 at 1:31pm

Thank you Cheryl B, for responding.  My son is working with women and infants, I believe he said that he works with them after the babies are born, watches only.  He left from GL the last week of June, after completing A school. Boot Camp it was cold, now it is hotttttt in IL.

have a funnyweek


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