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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 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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All Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) Pages (24)

When to Expect Your Form Letter

Posted by hooyahsuzy on April 11, 2018 at 11:16pm In the past, the official form letter the recruits mail home containing their address and graduation information typically would arrive within about… View »

Recruit Convalescent Unit (RCU) 6 Comments

If your recruit is injured or ill and sent to the Recruit Convalescent Unit (RCU), then your recruit will call and let you know what has happened and that s/he will not be having PIR as scheduled. If… View »

Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) 5 Comments

Where will the recruits be tested for the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and what steps are taken to ensure the recruits' safety? Recruits must be cleared by medical during Phase 1 (P-days) and de… View »

How To Reduce the Number of Emails You Receive from N4M

Some have been frustrated with the large number of emails that they receive from NavyforMoms if they are a member of one or more very active groups. Here is how I have reduced the number of emails I… View »

The Form Letter 28 Comments

Here is a copy of the current form letter, which was received for the 01/04/2019 PIR date. You will also receive an additional form that needs to be filled out for guests who will be attending PIR.… View »

Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) Program 8 Comments

PACT stands for Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks. There are three different PACT programs--S-PACT, E-PACT, and A-PACT. Sailors in the PACT program have training after BC and do not go to an… View »

Blue Candles 22 Comments

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 r… View »

Saving Money PIR Weekend 9 Comments

Here are some ways that others have used to reduce the costs associated with attending PIR. I hope they can help you.  Some recruits have sent money (they are getting paid after all) for a family mem… View »

E-1, E-2, or E-3? How did that happen? 18 Comments

At PIR, you will notice that some Sailors have stripes and others do not. No stripes is E-1; 2 stripes is E-2; and 3 stripes is E-3. Those without stripes would be addressed as Seaman Recruit (SR), F… View »

Gift Ideas for PIR 37 Comments

Here are things that have been given as gifts. They are listed in no particular order. Feel free to add other ideas. Gifts that can be taken back to RTC: Personalized study Bible or Sailor's Bible (T… View »


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