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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»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««


»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««

We ♥ helping you understand the Navy!

Members: 1613
Latest Activity: May 19

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

Nervous Mom

Started by AustinsMom. Last reply by AJ's Mom Aug 20, 2020. 4 Replies

Leaving for BC in Dec 2019

Started by Regina126. Last reply by Velvetenor Oct 5, 2019. 2 Replies

Just learning!

Started by keriberry39. Last reply by keriberry39 Jun 30, 2019. 5 Replies

Comment Wall


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

Comment by Amanda on November 26, 2018 at 4:01pm

Hi, My daughter finally got her phone call for MEPS! She is excited. Her hopes to go to basic training after Christmas but her MEPS is Wednesday. Is that an option?

Comment by Buffmeister on November 21, 2018 at 1:08pm

Hello everyone, I'm glad I came across this group.  I have been on this site for a few months, trying to get a handle on navigating, commenting, etc.  My son is a HS Senior, DEP, scheduled to leave August 2019.  Not sure about you guys but my eyes well up just about everyday for one reason or another.  I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to hold it together as his date gets closer and the DAY OF.  

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and lots of hugs!

Comment by Bluemama2 on October 27, 2018 at 7:30pm

One piece of advice to give your new SR is to make sure they put on enough postage when mailing letters or paperwork home. Teach them what a regular envelope feels like in oz. (see below)

Thats the one thing I experienced with my SR.  It kind of stressed me out why I hadn’t received any letters when my other family had. My SR added my letter in with other paperwork. It was too heavy. I did finally receive it but much later. I found out what probably happened when I talked to my SR on his first phone call. That put my mind at ease.

From USPS:  

Letters (Stamped)1,4

Weight Not Over (oz.)










Comment by Ceej0347 on September 16, 2018 at 9:50am

Smooth sailing - you  got this!!! It will be ok. Stay strong for your recruit.   Take baby steps and TRY to enjoy the day together. Soak it all in. It’s his new adventure and yours too. 

This is a good thing a hard thing but a good thing!!!!

Comment by Smoothsailing on September 16, 2018 at 9:06am

It is with great trepidation that I move on from MEPS and DEPS to Boot Camp Moms. This is starting to get real, son leaves for the hotel today at 3:30 

Comment by blackbirdmom on August 10, 2018 at 12:42pm

librarianmom - our SIL didn't put Hawaii on his list either. He said it just didn't occur to him to go to there. His top choices were Norfolk (closer to home), San Diego, and Mayport. When he told us what ship he was assigned to and we figured out where it was, we were shocked. LOL  Since visiting San Diego, he has decided that it's way too big and he likes the smaller bases like Pearl. I can't believe it's been 18 months since he left for boot camp. 

Comment by librarianmom on August 10, 2018 at 11:10am

Bandmom...maybe they should change places!  Mine was hoping for East Coast (I think because he could meet up with his fiancee a bit easier). LOL.  He said he was the only one who didn't put Hawaii on his wish list and here is is!  

Comment by Bandmom on August 10, 2018 at 11:03am

Hello librarianmom,  I am glad that your sailor is doing well.  Mine just doesn't like Norfolk.  After being in San Diego, where they embrace the military, Norfolk seems very cold and uninviting.  He is doing well in school, and can't wait to get to the ship.  Keep in touch.

Comment by librarianmom on August 9, 2018 at 10:34am

Hi Bandmom!  My sailor is doing pretty well overall, and he did get his first promotion the first chance he had!  He is now an E4.  He called last night excited he will get the chance for some extra training the next few months.  Sounds like they finally get back into the water in early spring.  Whatever funk he was going through earlier this summer seems to have lifted.  So relieved!  I hope your son gets some good news too and perks up!  

Comment by Bandmom on August 8, 2018 at 11:04am

librarianmom,  My son has been in the navy now for 16 months, has only been out to sea for 2 weeks.  They decided they wanted to send him to c-school after that outing.  He got done with that schooling and now is in Norfolk for 2 months for an additional c-school.  He will be done with that just in time to catch his ship for an 8 month deployment.  He has not been very happy either.  He wants to be on the ship.  However we have been told by some Navy vets that he will now rank up very fast.  We will have to wait and see.  Tell your sailor thanks for his service, and hang in there!


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