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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Bootcamp for Mom ( training on how to be a navy mom)


Bootcamp for Mom ( training on how to be a navy mom)

We too need training on how to be a Navy mom who is strong and supportive. Hopefully we can build a road map together to help other moms prepare for the Journey ahead.

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Comment by Anita on June 7, 2019 at 10:15am

My son left on May 28th from Texas headed to o Great Lakes.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on May 15, 2019 at 10:15am

Hi Heidi - this group isn't real active.  Be sure to join the Boot camp moms group - I left the link to it in the welcome message on your page.  You'll find answers to most of your questions there.  Once you receive the official letter (9-14 days after arrival) with the PIR date you can then join that group.  Hang in there and remember, no news is good news!

Comment by Heidi on May 15, 2019 at 1:04am
My future sailor left for Bootcamp today. I just got my 10 second phone call. Any advice out there?
Comment by Vickie360 on December 7, 2014 at 12:07am

JamieRN - My son left on Dec. 3rd

Comment by jamieRN Div. 073 PIR 1/24 on November 20, 2013 at 5:45pm

question:   Have any of your deps/ SR's just get signed up for Navy Federal? We have gotten 98 pieces of mail from them and can't make hide nor hair of almost any of it..... Anyone else , confused ?   Maybe just us...(LOL)  Also, if Lemonelephant is on here: i know they take their black wallet with thirty dollars in it and a phone card..... is it safe to take their Navy Federal Cards that were sent in the mail or should they leave those with family until A school.  I know these are probably dumb questions..... sorry and i appreciate you all so much!!! Blessings!!!


Comment by jamieRN Div. 073 PIR 1/24 on October 13, 2013 at 1:53am

Are there any mom's with deps leaving for G.L in the beginning of December?  Just trying to catch up with other moms at about the same stage of the process as myself.  I hope all you  ladies ( and your sailors) are having a blessed weekend:))

Comment by ProudMomtoKelly Ship 03 Div 377 on August 10, 2013 at 4:45pm

My son shipped out for GL 3 days ago. Yesterday was our first Friday, we are counting them down, cannot wait to see him at PIR!

Comment by Angie on May 10, 2011 at 8:39pm
It was three weeks for me but others received them sooner. It actually depends on their RDC. Good luck to you and your SR.
Comment by Angel W ProudMom on May 10, 2011 at 3:23pm

Hello can some one please tell me how long after recieving the form letter

does it take for them to make a call does any one know Please

Thank you and God Bless to all

Comment by mamawalrus on February 8, 2011 at 2:04am

Smichelle.. we need an update from you now that you have crossed the threshold of BC?

 I to will be crossing this Friday and I go to watch my son begin his adventure in the US NAVY!  During his call "I am a SAILOR"  today,,, I realized I was not talking to my teenage son anymore but to my son who has become a MAN! While the 9 weeks has taught him things I never could, I know in his heart is the little boy I hugged, read to, and taught right from wrong.  He will always be my little boy and I will always see that cute little baby face when I look at him and remember how he once was but so excited to see who he will now become in the United States Navy.  I am such a proud mom and want to say THANK YOU GOD for my son and for his wonderful presence in my life!


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