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 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). 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.

**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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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: 309
Latest Activity: Apr 22

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 fxydawn on August 30, 2019 at 2:54pm

Hello!  Ship 10 Div 379 PIR 10/11.  Anyone else in this ship/div/PIR?

Comment by therevbev on August 12, 2019 at 7:31pm

Welcome fxydawn! If you have any questions just ask. Once you SR letter arrives with his PIR date, be sure to find the page - there you will find all the others going thru boot with you. Hang tough, it will get better!

Comment by fxydawn on August 12, 2019 at 4:42pm

Hello all!  This is my first post here.  My SR is leaving for boot camp tomorrow.  He's been in DEPS for about a month.  Not really sure if it has hit me yet.  I'm sure it will become more real tomorrow.  Any other CS shipping tomorrow?

Comment by Deanna on July 17, 2019 at 6:52pm

therevbev Thank you for the words of encouragement. It sure has been a whirlwind so far!

Comment by therevbev on July 17, 2019 at 9:40am

Hi Mom of a future sailor! Welcome to world of CS. The best advice is to just hold on.... the roller coaster can cause whiplash at times! There are a lot of people who will help with questions. IF you are on Facebook, there is a page there (Navy For Moms) and lots of specific pages once your daughter is assigned a duty station.

My son has finished 5 years on a carrier and is now reserve, so I've seen it all. ASK lots of questions; here, on FB, to your sailor! We've seen it all and can help. Thank your sailor for all of us.

Comment by Deanna on July 16, 2019 at 11:02pm

Hello all! I’m new to all this. My daughter arrived at boot camp two weeks ago. Upon making it through bc she’ll be going to A school for CS. Any advice out there for a newbie?

Comment by therevbev on May 4, 2019 at 7:50am

Welcome, Karilyn1962! I'm not a new CS mom (my son finishes his 5 years active duty next week - then on to reserves. The delay at Great Lakes means 2 things... you will have the whole graduation weekend with your sailor since they don't fly out and you will begin to learn the "waiting on the Navy" skill immediately. The wait is anywhere from 1-4 weeks at Great Lakes base usually. Welcome aboard.

Comment by therevbev on November 30, 2018 at 4:48pm

Hi, NavyMum! Welcome to the world of Navy CS! Do you know if your son will have earned leave by the end of A school? Most of the CS take a week or so of leave if they haven't yet before the next school or permanent duty station. It will depend on when the schooling is scheduled to start in Groton. He'll be your best source of news.

Comment by NavyMum on November 30, 2018 at 12:40pm

Hello CS Moms!  My son is at Ft Lee for A school and will then go to Groton for Sub school following.  Does anyone know if he will leave Friday, the day of graduation or on Saturday?  

Comment by therevbev on August 7, 2018 at 2:56pm

NavyMum1 - look down to my post on July 27. He will spend time at GL until school is open in VA. Once school starts it's about 5 weeks. The time at GL (other than the first week which is Navy Indoc. classes) is just waiting - 2, 3 or 4 weeks usually.


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