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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) Discussions (1,530)

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Letters at Boot Camp

What is acceptable for setting letters at boot camp? Plain white envelopes? Plain paper?  Not mushy? Are Christmas cards ok? Pictures?  tha…

Started by marianne (Ship 04 Div 804)

12 Jan 8, 2011
Reply by ochaos

Left Today for Great Lakes

My son left today from Ft Meade and will be arriving at Great Lakes in just a few minutes to begin his first night at boot camp.   I did gr…

Started by EveningDew

5 Jan 6, 2011
Reply by NavyGirlsMom

new to navy 4 moms

my sons PIR is 2/18. can anyone recommend a hotel up there. i got the pamphlet but there are so many choices. also any info on the day of P…

Started by renee

5 Jan 4, 2011
Reply by navymomjordan2010

Need some positive feedback

My tank of positive is on " E ".. I have said it over and over that I know my recruit is fine. Reported 12/14 to BC, rec'd the I am here ph…

Started by isupporttwins

26 Jan 4, 2011
Reply by isupporttwins

boot camp website

I received my letter with my daughters graduation date and a website to visit, but can not get on the site. I have tried several times over…

Started by LisaM

9 Jan 3, 2011
Reply by mn linda (nuke MM ELT Groton CT)

Do you think they can call home for Christmas?

My son left for BC on Dec 14th and we had a great Christmas before he left.  I know that Christmas day will be holiday routine (so says the…

Started by Sherri(Ship09 div078)

53 Dec 27, 2010
Reply by waiting for you (SHIP 3 DIV 080)

looking for Moms who just shipped kiddo out last week of November....

Hi I'm Lena my son left for BC on Nov. 30 and I have no clue whats next! I would like to know what I can and cannot send him when I get his…


22 Dec 25, 2010
Reply by pottery4300

Received Son's box today!!!

Well the door bell rang, thought it was a box from my parents for xmas but when I finally realized it wasn't and it was the box with my son…

Started by mickey64

17 Dec 21, 2010
Reply by SuZan

New Navy Mom

It was good to find this site. I found the card my son left at the computer after he left on Dec 8th. He got to BC late on…

Started by Mikki Ship 09 Div 069

13 Dec 18, 2010
Reply by Mikki Ship 09 Div 069

Week to Week Boot Camp Summary

I found this on one of the groups sites and quite frankly I stole it.  I can't remember who wrote it so I don't know to whom the credit bel…

Started by Lynne

4 Dec 18, 2010
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom


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