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 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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.




Challenge Coins

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. They are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale.Let's show them here.

Members: 115
Latest Activity: Aug 16, 2023

Discussion Forum

Got Coins?

Started by CryptoDad. Last reply by CryptoDad Jan 8, 2017. 19 Replies

Let's share!       Continue


Started by CryptoDad Dec 7, 2016. 0 Replies

Anybody home?Continue

Coins as PIR Gifts

Started by CryptoDad. Last reply by CryptoDad Feb 14, 2016. 1 Reply

These coins and many more are available at you give another coin, please post a picture here.Recruit Training Command…Continue

Challenge Coin Private First Class

Started by Wendy G Ship 12 Div 082. Last reply by CryptoDad Jan 10, 2016. 1 Reply

Is there a coin specifically for PFC? I'd like to present my daughter one at PIR, thanks in advance

Tags: PFC, Coin, Challenge

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Comment by CryptoDad on January 8, 2017 at 8:21pm

My Sailor's coin collection.....

Comment by CryptoDad on September 20, 2014 at 9:46pm

FYI - All addresses at boot camp are SR.

Comment by Dana (David's Mom) on August 13, 2014 at 8:00pm

Aviation rates are green. If his address in boot camp is AR, AA, AN then stripes will be green. If his address is SR, SA, SN then it will be white. Best as I can see from my charts , AZ is an aviation rate so it will be green 

Comment by 1preciousgirl on August 13, 2014 at 6:35pm

My son, who is in boot camp, has earned his E-3 rank and will continue onto his job as "AZ", Aviation Maintenance Administrator.  For the rank/insignia coin, would the stripes be white or green?

Comment by babsb67 on March 17, 2014 at 10:32am
Haup9 where did you find that dog tag coin? Please email me the link thanks in advance.
Comment by babsb67 on March 17, 2014 at 10:27am
Proud mom, you can buy challange coins at PIR. I hope you get yours in time.
Comment by babsb67 on March 17, 2014 at 10:25am
While at graduation at Great Lakes, they weresselling a boot camp coin. It was in the shape of a dog tag, Camo print with a boot print on one side. Has anyone seen this particular coin anywhere on the internet for sale? I want to buy it for my son. If anyone knows where I can get it please email me the link. Thanks in advance. Barbara
Comment by Sarabi2013 on September 22, 2013 at 4:29pm

I ordered and received the ship challenge coin and display box from last week. This is a very, very nice coin and display box. I'm excited to give this to my SR on his graduation!

Comment by micheladylaura on August 10, 2013 at 10:07am

Thank you for the link to I will be ordering my son's coin very soon. He graduates on 9/6. I am so excited to see him!

Comment by Dana (David's Mom) on May 22, 2013 at 9:22pm

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