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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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: --------------------------------------------- MWR reached an a… View »

~ Medical Manuals ~ 1 Comment

When a sailor goes to MEPS for the physical it is actually the overall  job of the Army to do it.  So I get a lot of moms trying to find the rule books on Navy MEPS medical manual… View »

Navy Recruiting Manual Enlisted 1130.8J - Updated to 27 June 2012

Here is the official Navy rule book for recruiting.  These are the rules the recruiter must follow. It has been updated with all change sheets to 27 June 2012 Craig 1130.8J_VO_I_Recruiting_Oper… View »

The POW/MIA Table at every galley and at the Navy Day Ball...

Since the Navy Day Ball was yesterday, I'd thought I'd share this.... (Happy 236th birthday U.S. Navy) The POW/MIA Table (This ceremony was part of the Navy Ball, I really liked it and so I am shari… View »

Ways to Simulate Navy Life at Home -

I thought this was really funny.  I bet your deppers will enjoy it and pass it around to their friends...   Ways to Simulate Navy Life at Home  1. Buy a dumpster, paint it gray and li… View »

~ Boot camp for Dummies (with Pictures) ~

So many of the deppers I help would like to know what the Navy boot camp is like.  I made these different slide shows for the deppers, but it may help you ladies understand it too.    … View »

What happens at bootcamp - Day-per-Day? (Up to week #6)

Here is a day-per-day schedule of what happens at boot camp.  Please understand that it's "give-or-take" a day.  The reason?  You can't have 560 recruits doing the swim test at the sam… View »

What to bring to Boot Camp and what NOT- Females Stuff Only

When you find outstanding posts from sailors, it make the jouney for the deppers even more easy. This thread was written by a female sailor who gives advise to those female deppers about to begin the… View »

Dear Future Shipmate - (This is a great letter)

For those of you with deppers, I would highly recommend both you and them read this thread.     It is a letter written by a female sailor that is totally awesome!  She tells it like it… View »


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