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.



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FAQ: What do recruits pay for themselves? What does the Navy pay for?

Does the Navy pay for uniforms?Yes, but not for everything they need at boot camp.Recruits receive an initial uniform allowance of $1,157.2…

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Questions about weight

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 mo…

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Nervous Mom

My son is leaving in 2 weeks for Boot Camp. The closer we get to the date my nerves are going awry. My husband and I are going to be empty…

Started by AustinsMom

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Leaving for BC in Dec 2019

Hi All! My son is scheduled to leave Dec 5. He was sworn in yesterday. While I'm excited I'm scared because he is my youngest son (21). I h…

Started by Regina126

2 Oct 5, 2019
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Just learning!

Hi, My son is 19, and has talked with a recruiter, and has taking his asvab testing. He is set to go to MEPS on Monday and Tuesday. I am ju…

Started by keriberry39

5 Jun 30, 2019
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Advice on changing jobs after MEP's

Yesterday my son went to MEP's and when made it to job selection there was only 1 job. His recruiter hadn't prepared him for this and what…

Started by Cindy5

9 Dec 22, 2018
Reply by WaterLily

MEPS then to Boot Camp

My son goes to MEPS a week from tomorrow in Cleveland.  He then leaves for Great Lakes.  What should I expect at MEPS for the parent and fa…

Started by KKNOhio

3 Aug 5, 2018
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Completed MEPs now on to BC

HI my son completed MEPS yesterday and his ship off date is March 29, 2018. His Job will be an MA in the Navy? My question is if he ships o…

Started by spomed

18 Mar 29, 2018
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New BC kids week of Jan 8 -12

Can someone tell us about the physical part of boot camp? What is required to pass etc. Some other moms have had this question too

Started by Missomd

4 Jan 22, 2018
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Letters to kids in BC

I've gotten different info on letters I can send? Was told they can only be in white envelopes and I don't know if that means just standard…

Started by Missomd

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Kid in a Box

Got my KIB today. Sad. Trying to stay excited and not let my fear overcome the excitement of my son being in the US Navy and the wonderful…

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