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.


Michelle  (Craigs Mom)

»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««


»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««

We ♥ helping you understand the Navy!

Members: 1612
Latest Activity: Oct 2, 2022

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

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Leaving for BC in Dec 2019

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Just learning!

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Comment Wall


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

Comment by KariSoVery on April 29, 2019 at 2:32pm

Hi all! I’m brand new here! My son left for his first MEPS visit overnight this morning! 

Comment by Amanda on January 14, 2019 at 1:07pm

Hi, My daughter went to MEPS back in Nov., the doctors requested some additional tests for childhood asthma. I sent in her test results on 12/12 but we still haven't heard anything back, does anyone know how long this process usually takes? 

Comment by mk959801 on January 14, 2019 at 9:02am

My son is also a HS senior working through the MEPS process. It's a tedious process taking longer than I expected but hoping he'll contract soon.  He's hoping to ship late this summer as he's been looking forward to this for several years now.  

Comment by WaterLily on January 14, 2019 at 9:01am

My son is the same.  He’s been telling us he wants to join the military ever since he was 4!  Navy offered him the specialized training he’s looking for and an automatic rank up because he’s an Eagle Scout. We are proud of his focus and vision for himself. Once you know your son’s rating, you can probably find groups within this site just for moms of those ratings.  

Comment by Angela on January 14, 2019 at 8:52am
Thank you! My son is also a senior this year so he will probably also do the delayed entry program. We are brand new to all of this, but he’s been wanting to join the military since he was little.
Comment by WaterLily on January 14, 2019 at 8:45am

Angela, my son went to MEPS last summer.  He’s now a senior in HS so he’s in DEP (delayed entry program) with a “ship date” (date he leaves for boot camp) in early July.  If all goes well at MEPS, your son will be able to pick his rating/job and the corresponding ship date.    My son is required to check in with his recruiter once a week (a quick phone call) and the DEP group, through his local recruiter office, meets usually once per month.  As questions arise, he can contact his recruiter as necessary.  It was stressful at first, but now that we know the process, it’s much easier.  This Navy For Moms site has really helped me!

Comment by Angela on January 14, 2019 at 8:14am
Hi everyone. My son goes to MEPS today. I am so nervous but proud of him too. He thinks he might leave this summer for boot camp. I am clueless to this whole process. Can anyone tell me what to expect over the next few months?
Comment by Amanda on November 26, 2018 at 5:36pm

My daughter is 19 and graduated and extremely anxious to go but after Christmas. Good luck!

Comment by Havasu on November 26, 2018 at 5:16pm

Amanda, my daughter will be at MEPS on Wednesday too! I am anxious to find out her ship date as well. She is still in high school, so if it goes anything like her brother she will have a mid-summer ship date. I have a feeling this next year is going to play out a lot like last year for us. 

Comment by Amanda on November 26, 2018 at 4:30pm

Thanks... Fingers crossed!


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