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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Hello, everyone! I am new to this group as my son just left for boot camp 7 days ago. If we're keeping track of the number of days I've cried, so far I'm seven for seven! But he was so excited to go, that I know he's doing fine. I just miss that cute boy!

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Welcome again Denise!  You've definitely come to the right place for info and support.  The boot camp group has lots of good info to get you through the next 8-10 (or so) weeks.  Keep your phone handy and answer all calls you might get - you never know when it might be your SR.  Start writing letters now so as soon as you get his address you can mail them all out (# them in the corner so he knows what order to open them).

Thank you so much!  I am already so grateful for this group!  This is so helpful! 

Welcome to the BC Mom group. More of the members are actually likely to see your posts if you scroll down and post in the Comment Wall area of the BC Mom group page. You should start receiving email feeds if you are following the group and not everyone sees the discussions, depending on what format they are viewing this site, either with a computer or a mobile device. 

I am glad you have joined the group. We have a few sayings around here - "No news is good news!" "Semper Gumby" / Always Flexible, and "It may not get easier, but we get stronger!" It will be approximately 3 -4 weeks before you receive the form letter depending on what your son's restrictions of movement (quarantine) and processing days look like. So in the meantime, write positive and encouraging letters. Number them and have them ready to mail when you receive his address. Once you know his mailing address then you will be able to also join the PIR group for the month that he has PIR. 

As of currently, graduation, PIR (Pass in Review) is open to two guests per sailor. You will have to be 2 weeks out from your 2nd Covid shot, I believe and show proof of your vaccination as well as wear a mask the entire time on RTC.  Other information is available on the main BC Mom group page and we are always answering questions in the Comment wall area, but this will get you started.

Thank you for the information.  I couldn't figure out where/how to post and this was the first option I saw.  I appreciate your kindness and patience with me as I try to navigate this site!  :-)

Thank you, too, for the sayings and the info regarding letters.  Y'all are so helpful!!!  <3

You are fine! I actually did the same thing when I first joined this site and the BC Mom group. It can be a little difficult navigating this site. If you are using a mobile device, be sure to put it in desktop mode. Otherwise, I prefer to use my computer when I am replying on this site. 

MomofJoseph-- Welcome. I'll leave some information on your page. I see that Chipmunk has already helped you find your way to the main BC moms page. That will be the best place to get answers and support.

Hi Denise,

Hang in there!  My daughter will be at BC two weeks today and they've been the longest two weeks ever, but this group of ladies has really helped me along.  Writing to her every night really helped also.  We actually just received her form letter today with her address so I was able to finally mail all the letters we've written.

We are all here for you.  I find that commenting in the main BC discussions is very helpful since there are more moms there who can answer any questions you have.


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