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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."


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 (1,580)

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Age of Recruits

My son is 29 and heading to Boot Camp as an enlisted recruit.  He's concerned that he will be the oldest recruit.  I'm hoping there are oth…

Started by Sewmom

16 Feb 15
Reply by Whammy


I can see my son is sending me a letter but I can’t make out the whole address. It’s Ship 10, USS Enterprise. Does anyone know the address?

Started by NOLA-Mom

2 Feb 3
Reply by Chipmunk

Calls Home

My son has been gone 2 and half weeks (left Jan 14th). I didn’t think I’d be receiving any calls yet because I haven’t received any letters…

Started by NOLA-Mom

12 Feb 2
Reply by Chipmunk


Hi all, I am a new Navy mom.can someone explain sandbox to me ? It’s been so comforting to learn things and hear others experiences . My da…

Started by Jeanie

20 Feb 1
Reply by sunflower

Navy contrat

I see in alot of the post where a recruit changes his vocations, I know my son signed a contract for nuclear, is it common for them to chan…

Started by Northwoodsmom

4 Feb 1
Reply by sunflower

Address to the gate

Can anyone tell me the address to the gate for pir? Got our tickets yesterday but don’t have the form with info

Started by Jeanie

4 Jan 31
Reply by Jeanie

Ship 088

Hi everybody! My son left from Atlanta on December 16th and we finally got a letter today. He's in ship 088 so I just thought I'd post to r…

Started by Aquasonic

3 Jan 31
Reply by Leighana

The mall?

I finally got a letter today from my son with info about what he wants me to bring him. Nothing. Lol. He’s traveling to FL and he said all…

Started by NavyMom9519

11 Jan 30
Reply by Phoenixmom

Phone call before PIR?

Will I for sure get phone call prior to PIR? I’m starting to get concerned. I have not heard from my son since the end of December.

Started by Leesa

15 Jan 30
Reply by Baker1013

Disturbing news

I just saw on the news that great lakes is on lockdown . Saying a prayer it’s not serious

Started by Jeanie

2 Jan 24
Reply by Chipmunk


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