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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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

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Comment by oceanblu on July 25, 2011 at 2:29pm
Hi everyone.  I just came onto this group since my son left GL. He is now into his third week in Bethesda as a Hospital Corpsman. The other day he saw a baby being born, and he said his stomach wasn't feeling to good.  You know young men, there is not much that will keep them from eating, no matter what they experience.  Have a cool day.  Coming from Raleigh NC
Comment by nightnurse613 on July 8, 2011 at 10:36pm
Well my son has been at Bethesda since the 2nd week of April. He hates to drive-takes the metro everywhere. He says even going a couple miles can take forever.He says about the only time he drives is when goes on his bi-monthly commisary run. I guess Walter Reed is suppose to move over in August-then he says his unit will go from approx. 12 nurses to 60. I wonder what that will mean-change of unit or even duty station for some? He is loving the military but says he is lonely and misses his family. I plan to visit at the end of Sept. but he probably won't get home until after the 1st of the year.Phone calls and skype help but I really miss him.
Comment by AngiePNMx2 on May 23, 2011 at 4:27pm
Yes no last names should be used on this site or any social network site...Just protecting your sailor!  Congrats to you and your sailor!
Comment by nightnurse613 on May 20, 2011 at 4:21am
Well my son has been at Bethesda about 6 week now. They delivered his household goods last Sunday. I couldn't believe they came on Sunday but that worked out perfectly for him. He was getting a little down because all he had was a couple suitcases and a sleeping bag. He is now spending his time getting everything put away. He says he hates driving there-the traffic is awful. He takes the metro everywhere. He is a little lonely since he still floating around the hospital with no assigned area yet but he really like Navy life.I really miss him a lot but he calls almost every day.  I am so very proud of him.
Comment by nightnurse613 on March 15, 2011 at 4:59am
My son is in Newport now- until April 9 then he flys out to Bethesda. He called the 1st 2 days then nothing for 5 days. I spoke to him about 5 mins. on saturday.I am hoping that we might hear something on saturday. I'm looking forward to graduation-I will see him the night of April 7th at a reception. His father and I have been looking at apartment listings and trying to weed through them.When I see him in Newport I will take the results plus when he gets to Bethesda I'm sure other people will have some suggestions.
Comment by medics mom ship03/ div143 on August 20, 2010 at 1:09pm
Hi ladies,
New to this sight. My son arrived in Bethesda a week ago. He was assigned to the labor and delivery ward. At least most of the time its a happy occasion. Maryland is sooo far from California :(
Comment by MeganMarie on June 14, 2010 at 4:44pm
I've only been to Bethesda once, but just from that experience alone i can tell you that having a car, although necessary sometimes, you're not going to WANT to drive it around. Traffic up there is awful. the time it will take you to get to where u want to go in a car, you could have been there and 20 other places already from using the metro. It takes some getting used to; learning which line goes where and how to make it back, but you catch on quickly. But then again, a car isnt just a car to a man.... it's like their baby.... they want to take it everywhere and show it off and fix it up with all the nicest things... *sigh* ill never understand it.... as for off base housing, its really really expensive up there.... and like what was said before, theyre about.... 50 ft away from the hospital in on base living. I'm not sure about the newly renovated dorms though.... but the one i went to wasnt so bad, its livable, and i mean if its right there close to where you work, dont have to pay rent, then why not take advantage of it... instead of dishing out, goodness knows $800 or more each month for off base housing.... just my opinion.. haha :)
Comment by MeganMarie on February 20, 2010 at 10:57pm
Hello Debbie! My boyfriend Stephen (who is Andrias' Son.) has told me about the room he stays in and ive seen photos of the place too. It seems sort of small, there are two twin beds (maybe smaller, they look pretty small) a bathroom and a small kitchen, i believe. i havent seen pictures of the kitchen or bathroom, but stephen was telling me about having to clean both for his room inspection! hope that helps! :)

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