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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) Discussions (1,604)

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So new! Please help!

My son left for rtc April 7. I been so worried because I haven't heard anything, so I called one of his recruiters to see if they had any i…

Started by Natasha

3 yesterday
Reply by partyofseven

My heart is aching!!!

I too said "Farewell" to my son Sunday as he left my arms to begin a new chapter of his life. He arrived in BC last night. I received my "l…

Started by cindylou1

8 Apr 14
Reply by cindylou1

Blue Candles

I cycled through a few different ideas and ended up with this lantern with a blue 'flameless' candle that I got on Amazon (they are not eas…

Started by mom2blondies

8 Apr 12
Reply by Shanny


Hello Navy moms! We’ve been talking Book title recommendations here and there, so I thought I’d put together a spot for us to give our favo…

Started by VintageGal

8 Apr 7
Reply by VintageGal

Hoping it gets easier!

I have not been able to post on this site until today as didn't want to face the reality that the day was getting closer.  But, reality set…

Started by Mainelyreds

14 Mar 31
Reply by partyofseven

1 Year Later and She Shipped 3/9

Bogus things happened and our daughter did not ship Feb 2020; Along with several other females that were given false reasons on ‘why they w…

Started by Jana

10 Mar 24
Reply by Jana

How to send PMs (Private Messages) to friends on N4M & some OPSEC/PERSEC info

It has come to my attention that one of my friends did not know how to send their own private message to another friend. We had conversed t…

Started by Chipmunk

2 Mar 21
Reply by Chipmunk

Post graduation- personal belongings?

My niece was in Ship 6 Div 120 and graduated last week. We haven’t heard from her. Just wondering if anyone else knows a recent graduate an…

Started by Kati

3 Feb 28
Reply by Chipmunk

Day 1

He's off to start the adventure! I'm off to have a happy/sad cry. Hugs to all the mama's doing what we do.

Started by Cristina

4 Feb 17
Reply by Cristina

New here, shipping tomorrow

Hello hello! We drop our son off at MEPS tomorrow afternoon; it sounds like we can hang out with him at his hotel room downtown until late…

Started by materfamilias

22 Feb 17
Reply by Chipmunk


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