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 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.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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My recruit 1st week

Hardest week being away from him. It's my son's 20th birthday today. First birthday I haven't spoken with him. Happy birthday son. I know y…

Started by Missomd

4 Jan 14, 2018
Reply by Missomd

Does feb 5 2018

hi anyone else on for this departure date?

Started by Snowbird

1 Jan 8, 2018
Reply by TLC

Depper as of Jan. 5th

Hi all, Son joined Jan. 5th and is in DEP. He is super excited but doesn't leave until Aug. 23rd. Does anyone know what type of expectation…

Started by OGThuggyPanda

8 Dec 31, 2017
Reply by lemonelephant


My recruit leave date is in July but asked to go earlier. Can anyone tell me what the average time (3-4 mos earlier than ship date?). Just…

Started by acb2

1 Dec 30, 2017
Reply by TexGal75

Coping With Empty Nest

Hi all. I’m new to the group and my son’s Basic deployment was moved up from April to Jan 22 after accepting a sub position. My daughter wh…

Started by TexGal75

0 Dec 30, 2017

On to the next stage

My son leaves tomorrow for Basic Training. I am immensely proud of him for achieving the goal he set for himself nearly two years ago when…

Started by gwyllion

0 Oct 3, 2017

Son leaving Sept 6th

Gosh this was hard. He just turned 18 and I'm feeling sad.

Started by FlyEagle

3 Sep 7, 2017
Reply by LisaC1638

Daughter left on 6-28-17

Hello, My daughter just left on 6/28/17 so I'm on day 2 of not having her at home.  As hard as I knew this would be, it's been even harder…

Started by Tracy1120

0 Jun 30, 2017

leaving 6-5-17

my son will be leaving  in a few weeks and I am freaking out --trying to stay strong for him but afraid I will have a meltdown --I am very…

Started by Mom1997

5 Jun 21, 2017
Reply by FHG Navy Mom

Leaving in April

My son will be leaving for BC April 4th.  Is there a group somewhere for this?  I am hoping to find other moms out there. 

Started by Bandmom

10 Apr 27, 2017
Reply by lemonelephant


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