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.

Format Downloads:

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.)

N4M Merchandise

Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress. Para Familias

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



All Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) Pages (25)

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 »

PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend 84 Comments

Please note the following concerning PIR: This is from 03/09/2020: Beginning 13 March, Navy Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s boot camp, will su… View »

Honor Recruits, Award Winners and Flags 6 Comments

Honor Recruits and Award Winners AWARD WINNERS The Award Winners will be posted on the RTC website two days prior to PIR and will be recognized at PIR. If your recruit has been chosen for one of thes… View »

Battle Stations-21 (BST) 59 Comments

Battle Stations-21 (BST) is the final test for the recruits and is a 12 hour evaluation program with 17 ship board scenarios from missile attacks that can cause fires to flooding caused by exploding… View »

Captain's Cup 2 Comments

The Captain's Cup is a friendly a competition between the Divisions and occurs during the morning of the Saturday before PIR.  This serves as a morale builder for the Divisions and pumps them up… View »

Division T-Shirts, Graduation Photos, The Keel, and DVD of PIR 78 Comments

Division T-Shirts and Hoodies Be sure to ask your recruit before ordering T-shirts because some order them as gifts for family members. Some have ordered a Small and then made pillows. Your Recruits… View »

Recruit Petty Officer Positions 54 Comments

The standard Recruit Petty Officer Positions are: Recruit Chief Petty Officer (RCPO or RPOC): The RCPO is the primary recruit assistant to RDCs and is responsible for: Maintaining good order, discip… View »

What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology) 8 Comments

You will be hearing/seeing a lot of abbreviations and terms that are just used in the military or Navy. It can be a daunting task sometimes to figure out what your recruit/Sailor (or some of us on he… View »

When Will the Recruits be Paid? and Information for Spouses 48 Comments

When Will the Recruits be Paid? Your Recruit must be at RTC for at least 3 full weeks prior to a pay day in order to be paid because it takes a while for everything to get entered in the system, but… View »

Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit 172 Comments

The correct format for the address is: SR LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, MI SHIP XX DIV XXX XXXX ????? STREET or SAILOR DRIVE GREAT LAKES IL 60088-XXXX (No, you do not need to use all capital letters even th… View »


© 2021   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service