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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**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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Navy Speak

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



Blue Candles

You can light a blue candle on special days and holidays or significant days for your recruit/Sailor or just because you thought of him/her. During BC, it is common to light a blue candle when your recruit is going through Battle Station-21 (BST) to send your warm wishes, thoughts, and prayers to him/her and the others in the division. Some light one when the recruit leaves for RTC and keep it lit until receiving "the box" and/or the form letter. After BC, it is common to light a blue candle when your Sailor is going through training, is taking an advancement exam and/or awaiting the results, or is deployed or in harm's way.

Some use warmers instead of candles since they are safer or post a "blue candle" on their computer. Some change their N4M, fB, or other social network profile picture to a blue candle. You can use any blue candle of your choice. There are candles available at many retailers and at and other places on the web. Some have used a Navy blue colored candle jar or votive glass so they are able use a candle of another color (perhaps the recruit's/Sailor's favorite color) inside or use a favorite scented candle without it having to be blue. There are anchor candles available at


I used tapers, pillars, and jar candles at times. I left mine unadorned, except maybe adding a ribbon at the base, but many add embellishments such as US Navy candle decals and/or charms. 

Scentsy has a US Navy warmer (available in the Patriot collection), shown below. I considered purchasing one, but at $35 I haven't gotten one even though a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each warmer benefits the military and its programs, but it may prove to be cost effective in the long run for some. I liked the idea of keeping the home fires burning for my loved one who is far away and a warmer just didn't fulfill that for me. I never got one, but if I had it would have been to show my support of the Navy, but probably not for when I wanted to light a blue candle for my Sailor.There are scented candles and unscented candles available from a variety of sources. Some blue candles really don't smell that nice, but there are some with great scents as well. My favorite has been a blueberry pie scented jar candle for its mild berry scent and deep navy color. There are warmers and electric or battery operated "candles" (from and other sources) to eliminate the hazard of an open flame.

Blue Candle Poem

I will burn my blue candle, and hold my head high.

I will burn my blue candle, and try my best not to cry.

I will burn my blue candle, because he wasn't afraid to take on the world.

I will burn my blue candle, in honor of all those who fight.

I will burn my blue candle, for all those who may or may not be there at dawns early light.

I will burn my blue candle, for every holiday, birthday and anniversary.

I will burn my blue candle, and pray for our Soldiers and Sailors that God has mercy.

I will burn my blue candle, until he comes home.

I will burn my blue candle, so he knows he is never alone.

Author Unknown

(The author may be CharlotteT (Sailor Tori's Mom)--see the entire poem at and

The above is printed on the lid of the candle jar available at and


May the Lord shine His love on our Navy Sons and Daughters and bless them and guide them each day and may the Lord bless each of us as we burn this candle in our home and in our hearts. If we can entrust them to the One who created them, we can be at peace because we know that He loves each of those Sailors, and we know how much we love and miss them. 

Author Unknown

For those of you with service members in other branches of the armed forces in your family, here are the colors for the other branches, but the practice of lighting a candle is less common among the other branches.
Air Force:  Light Blue
Army:  Green
Coast Guard:  White (or white and royal blue)
Marine Corps: Red (or scarlet and gold/yellow) 
Loved one sometimes give small blue candles as favors at their future Sailor's Anchors Aweigh party. shows what one mom did.
Blue Candles from others on N4M
Click on the picture to be taken to the source.
The above information is provided by lemonelephant, the mom of a retired Sailor.
Last updated 04/22/2018


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Comment by lemonelephant on January 8, 2013 at 11:22pm

You are very welcome.

Comment by UBU'sMom on January 8, 2013 at 11:09pm
Thanks so much!! I've gotten blue candles for the whole family to burn! :)

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