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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Cheap Hotels for sailors (and families)

One program that most sailors don't know about is how we get cheap hotels world wide.  There are several options and here they are:


The MWR reached an agreement with RCI timeshares for units that are not sold.  RCI will rent the unsold rooms for their maintenance cost which is $369 per week.   These rented rooms are really nice.  Only one time was I kind of disappointed when I got one in Ruidoso New Mexico.

Just go to the link above and click on "Seach Space A", Choose a region, the select the State and town.  I chose San Antonio.  You will notice that none of the months show up in blue.  Blue means you get it for $369 per week.  If you click on one that is not blue it will show you the normal price.  

It is always changing so for today, click on Texas, South Padre Island.  You will notice they are all blue which means they have Space A rooms.  If you sign up with them they send you a coupon every so ofter giving you the room for as low as $260 per week.


Here is a post I did a while ago:  These are great bargins too...


I've been to Hawaii at least 50 times.  Where you want to stay is the Hale Koa hotel.  It's a military hotel right on the Waikiki strip, right next to the Hawaiian Hilton.  Since it's a military hotel, all money goes to the sailors MWR fund.  The hotel is like a 4/5 star hotel.  It is actually built on a base called Fort DeRussy even though you can't even tell it's a base.

On new years 1999/2000 we stayed there for a week.  While at the Hale Koa beach we notice a mob of people looking at us and we didn't know what it was all about.  We found out quick that Justin Timberlake and the rest of the guys from N-sync, along with Britney Spears where just 20 feet from us.  Beleive me, it's an awesome hotel, and very cheap compared to all the other hotels on Waikiki....


Additionally, I run a Navy forum website and had posted this... This might give you more ideas on future travel stuff...



Below are links to additional Armed Forces Recreation Centers located throughout the world. I personally have used Dargon Hill, and the Hale Koa. They are all great. The only reason I haven't stayed at the Cape Henry Inn is because it's new... (Virginia Beach).... 

If your Sailor is looking for cheap vacation, then these are the one to go to. If you decided to join your Sailor, you get the same price as them (ie it's base on their paygrade). However, you cannot go alone, your Sailor must be with you. 

The Cape Henry Inn and Beach Club
Armed Forces Recreation Center Ft. Story, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 

Shades of Green on WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort 
Armed Forces Recreation Center in Orlando, Florida.

Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 
Armed Forces Recreation Center in Garmisch, Germany.

Dragon Hill Lodge 
Armed Forces Recreation Center in Seoul, South Korea.

Hale Koa Resort 
Armed Forces Recreation Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kilauea Military Camp
A Joint Services mountain resort, located inside Volcano National Park, Hawaii

Also, not many people know about this. But.... The biggest time share company, RCI vacations, has got in connections with all the Navy's Morale and Recreaction (MWR) office. They will rent any of the rooms that they have not sold yet throughout the world for only $329 per week. I have use this 4 times and they are great too. Just click on the Space Available button and see what's available (which stands for Armed Forces Vacation Club) 

What's good with the RCI deal is, your Sailor can gift them to whomever. They don't have to be with you (unlike the Armed Forces Recreation Centers). Secondly, some of the $329 goes back into the MWR fund on the base you select. It's a great deal....


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