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


Michelle  (Craigs Mom)

»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««


»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««

We ♥ helping you understand the Navy!

Members: 1615
Latest Activity: Dec 21, 2023

Welcome to the
MEPS & DEP group...

We love helping deppers, recruits, sailors, and especially their families!!!

  • Don't understand the Navy?
  • Haven't a clue what is about to happen?
  • Do you just want to share your joys or sorrows?

Then this is the group for you!!!

We enjoy helping family member with all information or just to pass the time chatting.

Glad you're with us!

It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

Discussion Forum

Nervous Mom

Started by AustinsMom. Last reply by LZ0183 Dec 21, 2023. 5 Replies

Questions about weight

Started by Happynurse Jun 23, 2023. 0 Replies

Leaving for BC in Dec 2019

Started by Regina126. Last reply by Velvetenor Oct 5, 2019. 2 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of »» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group «« to add comments!

Comment by Eds Mom Danielle on July 20, 2023 at 2:11pm

Hi new mom here, is it true there is a second swearing in at MEPs the day he leaves for BC that I can attend?

Comment by Happynurse on June 23, 2023 at 10:03am

If a recruit arrives on ship out day an is overweight and over BMI BUT her waist is within the accepted range and she can meet or exceed most of the physical requirements and is very close to meeting the run timE, will they send her home.

Comment by Ships777 on November 18, 2020 at 9:22am

Totally clueless! My son told me he had to meet with a dr to be evaluated and take the ASVAB. 2 days back to back. Talk to the recruiter last night and that is not the whole story. He is doing the MEPs and suppose to pick a job and swear in. WOW, we are not ready for that quite yet. He is still in HS. Senior year and definitely wants to enlist, but have not even begun researching what job/area he wants to go in. Recruiter just picked him up and they are off. I told him to sign nothing today/tomorrow until we have time to ask questions. Will this hurt his chances to go into the Military? What are the next steps after MEPs? Can he go back in a month or two and sign his job holder and swear in?


Comment by VillageMum on August 25, 2020 at 10:37pm

Hi PaulaMS4 :)

my daughter left today and her boyfriend leaves on 9/9 also!
Are you a member of Boot Camp for Moms? There’s a lot of information on that group including things to do in the last month before they ship.

its quite a ride and I’m really grateful for the experience, information and support offered in that group! There are lots of links with ample information to help us navigate, even with the changes because of COVID. Best of luck and stick around :)

Comment by PaulaMS4 on August 20, 2020 at 6:45pm

Any advice for a new Navy mom?  My son is heading out to boot camp on 9/9/2020 and I have no idea what to expect.

Comment by Juliann on June 29, 2019 at 2:50pm
Need any advice! My son is hoping to leave in August with a buddy. He’s gone thru MEPS and did well in his ASVABS, but he was told he needs to come back and get re-weighed. He is underweight at 6’1” and 113 lbs. he’s muscular and works out but still very thin. It’s been a struggle!! (Totally foreign to my weight dilemmas). He’s drinking mass shakes and eating more but still having trouble. Anyone else have issues like this?
Comment by BrucesMom on June 28, 2019 at 3:36pm

Sorry I meant DEPS! Darn spellcheck!

Comment by BrucesMom on June 28, 2019 at 3:34pm

Hi All! New to the group! My son was sworn in Mar. He is currently “Hurry up and waiting now.” Could be any time July - Sept. My question is... He had 2 DEPA this month. I thought it would be once a month. Is their a reason for 2 or more? 

Comment by fxydawn on June 11, 2019 at 4:53pm

Hello everyone!  I am new to this website and group.  My son was cleared for MEPS and goes this Friday.  He just graduated from HS from a military academy and has basically been in their BC for the last 5 1/2 months..  What are the chances of him shipping from MEPS directly to BC?  He mentioned that he may be placed on DEPS but I'm not sure how all of this works.  Any insight would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

Comment by Rubia84 on May 31, 2019 at 11:18am

Good Morning all...  I'm looking to connect with anyone who's future sailor started Day One BMT this past Tuesday...  


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