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."


**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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CS (Culinary Specialist) Moms


CS (Culinary Specialist) Moms

The heart and soul of the Navy-the cook! Let's swap stories and exchange info about our loved ones being a CS in the Navy!

Members: 310
Latest Activity: Aug 22, 2020

Discussion Forum

Boot camp

Started by Amanda Jan 30, 2019. 0 Replies

Arrived at bc on June 13-CSS

Started by Lea (SHIP 11 DIV 242). Last reply by Lea (SHIP 11 DIV 242) Jun 22, 2017. 2 Replies

My Bird can Cook

Started by My Little Bird. Last reply by disneygirl64 May 10, 2017. 6 Replies

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Comment by VillageMum on August 22, 2020 at 2:07pm

Hello All ~ my daughter's ship date for RTC was brought forward and she leaves Tuesday.  I hear it's 1 day MEPS, 2 weeks ROM then 6 weeks-ish of RTC.

Has anyone heard what the wait time is like these days between PIR and being shipped to Fort Lee for A School?  I hear it can be weeks between the two.  Just wondering what the recent (COVID) experience has been.

Comment by therevbev on June 11, 2020 at 11:14am

Hi, NavyMonofJM! I do hope things go back to normal at all of the ships and dutystations soon! My son found that there is no such thing as "normal" for CS. They get called on to do MANY different jobs!

Comment by NavyMomofJM on June 10, 2020 at 6:32pm

Hello, my son is a CS and he is currently at his first duty station.  COVID 19 has played havoc with his first duty station. He loved CS school and is excited to do it once everything get back to normal for the world. 

Comment by VillageMum on May 8, 2020 at 10:10am

Hi therevbev :) thank you for the warm welcome and great info!
My daughter was signed up for FN but her initial request was for CS so when it became available her recruiter switched her.  She does Culinary at High School and loves it.
Looking forward to what the future holds.

Comment by Joey on May 6, 2020 at 7:14pm
Hello all
Comment by therevbev on May 6, 2020 at 3:49pm

Welcome VillageMum! Here's hoping all goes well timing wise for your daughter! You can check the post bootcamp timing below (posted in Jan). I still haven't heard of any changes. The Navy was very good to my son and he enjoyed learning CS but loved working supply on the carrier he was assigned to! Congrats to your girl.

Comment by VillageMum on May 6, 2020 at 1:45pm

Hi all ~ my "baby" girl is in the DEP and just got switched to CS which is what she's been hoping for.  She now goes to boot camp in October 2020 and then is excited to be heading to Ft Lee for A School.  I'm looking forward to seeing her grow and come into her own, she graduates High School this month.

Any advice or information welcome :)

Comment by Dolphinluv on February 10, 2020 at 9:26pm
My son graduated on 12/20 finally left for Ft Lee on 02/08 and was told he'll be on hold there till 03/23.
Comment by Miranda on January 16, 2020 at 8:33am

Thank you for the information.

Comment by therevbev on January 9, 2020 at 1:57pm

Hi Miranda! Welcome to the Navy roller coaster! Let me give you the info from the last few years. As far as I've heard, nothing has changed...

The CS all stay at GL for at least 2 and sometimes 4 weeks, or more,  until the class is ready in VA. The first week is indoc classes (a Navy necessity) followed by a lot of cleaning and standing watch. That's just the way of it. As to PIR weekend, you can plan it as it fits your schedule (they have liberty throughout the whole weekend.. must stay at base each night, but you can sign them out Fri. afternoon, Sat & Sun.) since he'll be in Great Lakes, IL for several more weeks.

School is about 5 weeks in Fort Lee, Petersburg, VA. It's there that they will be assigned their first duty station just before the schooling is finished. There is a nice graduation ceremony (about 45 min) with about 1/3rd of the sailors having family present. USUALLY they will finally be permitted leave before reporting to their duty station or ship (my son went immediately to Guam after 10 days to catch a carrier that was already deployed). 

This is the "normal" schedule... at least it is the average timing. The thing to always remember is that it is the military and THAT means nothing is ever written in stone. Not dates, not leave, it's always up in the air! As my Marine parents group says..."Semper Gumby" (always flexible).


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