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.)

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.




Corpsman Moms

Lots of Corpsman moms around!  Share your experiences here, your wisdom and your support of one another!  All are welcome!  HM 'A' School moms/dads/loved ones, please also join us at

Current admins Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom and TexasDocMom

Please, if you no longer want to be a part of N4M's consider NOT deleting your profile as everything you have ever posted will disappear when you delete it .  You can leave a group but don't permanently delete your profile!

Location: All over this world!
Members: 1062
Latest Activity: Jan 2


Please check out the information at the links below the photos.

HM 'A' School moms/dads/loved ones!  Please also join in at

Anderson Hall is in San Antonio, on the campus of Fort Sam Houston...the place where future corpsmen learn their trade. "Doc" Anderson served with the Marine 1/6. (He also went to Basic and to FMTB with my son. TDM)

Fleet Marine Force (top) and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification pinsShipboard corpsmen working underway 

Click on links (in bold and underlined)

The HM Rating - the only enlisted medical corps in the Navy

PLEASE REVIEW these Operational Security guidelines:  OPSEC and an easy to remember version


HM (Hospital Corps) A School in San Antonio - If your sailor is headed to or is currently at A School, this group is the best place for you to ask questions and get info right now.  Medical Education & Training Campus, San Antonio, Texas (METC) is the "go to" non-N4M official site for information on Hospital Corps A school in San Antonio.

Moms with Kids in Iraq/Afghanistan  If your corpsman is deploying to the "sandbox," please join us, you'll find folks with open arms, lots of support and the same fears and questions you have.

FIELD MEDICAL TRAINING BATTALION (FMTB) is an eight-week course in advanced medical training, small arms training, and the Marine Corps way of life.  Official sites:

FMTB-WEST Camp Pendleton, CA

FMTB-West on Facebook

FMTB - EAST Camp Johnson at Camp Lejeune, NC.  Links include a Life at FMTB slideshow, study manual, lots more, click here for what to bring, car and mail info, etc. 

FMTB-East on Facebook has photos, info about upcoming graduations.

NavyforMoms FMTB groups:  Camp Lejeune Moms and Camp Pendleton Corpsmen

FMF qualifications and FMF: Sailors earn respect

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Virginia) and NMC/San Diego 

Navy Individual Augmentee (aka "IA") and "Navy IA" iPhone app

Fleet and Family Support Program Facebook Page
Absentee Voting Assistance
Defense Center of Excellence For Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury  Help for TBI and PTSD for active military, vets and their families.

Real Warriors  This site has phone apps, emergency numbers, 24 hour hot lines to help a vet or a family struggling with PTSD, TBI and other issues when they return home from deployment. If this site doesn't have the link you need for your Veteran, there isn't a website for it. Amazing.

Navy Reserve FAQs  Got questions about the Reserves/your reservist? here's the spot!


METC Facebook Has photos!

Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program  Facebook page. Graduation dates, photos of each class.

Facebook Support for OPSEC A good page to share with your sailor and to keep up with yourself concerning online and social media OPSEC. 

Dogs on Deployment One-Stop Resource page for military members to turn to for advice and direction to all pet-related needs. They also are looking for fosters.

NAVY NEWS: (official Navy site); and Navy Times - weekly newspaper published by Gannett, subscription $55/yr.

Navy facilities in the U.S. - interactive map.  Clicking on the name takes you to the website for that location.  There is also a link to a list of ship homeports.

Search U.S. Navy social media sites here:

Graphic novel "The Docs" for deploying corpsmen

CARE PACKAGES:   USPS # - 800-610-8734, say "Order supplies" and then ask for the Military Pack.  They'll send you six priority-mail large boxes for military, tape, and labels, all for free.  You can order cases of 10 and 25 online sent for free, too; choose quantity under "select format" at right on that page.  Send up to 70 lbs for $13.45.  Questions and inspiration:  Care Package Ideas

TO ANY MOM WHOSE CORPSMAN IS DEPLOYING TO A WAR ZONE - look above and find the link to "Moms with Kids in Iraq/Afghanistan"...go read, go lurk, post when you're ready.   We know your fear, your thoughts and tears and joy and laughter.

RETURNING WARRIOR WORKSHOPS - For sailors returning from mobilization or Individual Augmentees from deployment, here is information and the 2013 schedule of workshops around the country:  RWW 2013

Discussion Forum

Don't miss graduation from Great Lakes!

Started by MelonieM. Last reply by CorpsmanMom Jul 15, 2018. 1 Reply

FMF camp lejuene

Started by nikki. Last reply by CorpsmanMom Jul 15, 2018. 2 Replies

Best duty stations for FMF Corpsmen

Started by sockmonkey Jan 20, 2018. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Tammy⚓️Girl on June 19, 2019 at 9:23pm

AmyBeth1991, my son graduated Corpsman School in April.  He's now at Camp Pendleton where he got the job he wanted, FMF.  (not what I would have picked for him).  But he's happy and starts training next month with the marines.  He says afterwards he is slated to go to Naval Medical Center San Diego, also known as Balboa.  I hope that is true and he doesn't get deployed to the Middle East.  Do you think that's possible?

Comment by AmyBeth1991 on June 19, 2019 at 8:58pm

Good evening, Y'all!  My son graduated from Corpsman School in May, and is currently on ship, deployed. I'm a Marine wife, and have worked in military family programs for more than 25 years, so while shipboard deployments are new, I may be able to answer some questions.  This whole thing is a journey, and I hope things are going smoothly for each of you and the sailors you represent. 

Comment by Tammy⚓️Girl on March 5, 2019 at 8:30am

Welcome NavyMoeder, my son is still at his A-School in SA.  We are looking forward to his graduation next month.  My son seems to spend a lot of time studying and going to the gym.  He has ventured out of the base, I believe, twice but mostly stays on the base. 

Comment by NavyMoeder on March 4, 2019 at 11:16pm

Just a note to say "Hi."  I am new to the page. My SR just arrived at METC.  He is not scheduled to start classes until 3/20.  Any ideas about how your sailors made the most out of their time - after they catch up on a few zzz's from basic, of course. :)?

Comment by smom16 on February 1, 2019 at 2:02pm

Thank you for your response and information ICDmom#1.  It is good to know that she might have another option in another field if she wishes later on.  Thank you for your kindness.  

Comment by IDCmom#1 on February 1, 2019 at 12:32pm

SMom16, I asked my son about sailors receiving C school orders right out of A school.  Over the past 15 years as a Navy Mom, I had assumed that unless you specifically chose to request C school, that graduating corpsmen went out to learn how to be corpsmen before deciding what direction they wanted to go.  Silly me.  I forgot DING, DING, DING, Needs of the Navy.  

I don’t know what selection criteria for your daughter’s school was but it is very undermanned and that is why new corpsmen are going straight to it.  

My son did say that there should be opportunity in the future for her to apply for another field if she wanted something different. Some C schools have time and rank qualifications before you can even apply  (such as IDC Indepent Duty Corpsmen with a year long intensive school).  

I hope she loves her new field.  

Comment by smom16 on January 31, 2019 at 3:44pm

You're welcome Tammy. :)

Comment by Tammy⚓️Girl on January 31, 2019 at 12:44pm

@smom16, thank you SO much.  I’ve been wondering about this issue for awhile.   

Comment by smom16 on January 31, 2019 at 11:29am

Thanks Tammy. As the sailors approach the end of A School, they are given their orders and some are assigned to ships, hospitals in the fleet and some are selected for C School.  She didn't apply for it.  Her orders were to continue on to C School. 

Comment by Tammy⚓️Girl on January 31, 2019 at 11:25am

smom16, sorry to hear this, can’t comment as my son is currently in A school.  Who determines C school anyway?  Did your daughter apply or were her orders to continue on to C school.  


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