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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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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»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««


»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««

We ♥ helping you understand the Navy!

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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 by AngiePNMx2 on November 17, 2008 at 5:58pm
Debbie is right we learned this when our first son when to Bootcamp this past FEB. 08 and would like everyone to know that when your son or daughter leaves for bootcamp don't bother sending any toiletries or extras with them even if it is on the list will be returned in the box of personal items (clothes they were wearing when they left) even if it is on the list to bring the only thing they are allowed to keep is their wallet, small poceket size address book and bible, stamps and phone card which I suggest to buy one with alot of minutes (over 1,000) as the pay phone sucks alot of minutes away for "connection fees".

I have even read that moms of daughters had all the under wear and bras sent back to home but if you want to confirm that In Bootcamp forum. check it out here everything is "given to them during P(processing) week.
Yes a direct deposit slip is good but they also have you join the Navy federal credit union.
Comment by AngiePNMx2 on November 16, 2008 at 11:59pm
Jor-Jean I would encourage your son to work out with the Pre-buds in bootcamp so that he stays in shape to test for the SWCC..that is what my son did and it helped out alot. He was actually qualified for the SEALS pre-buds program before he left for bootcamp but he it was to late to change his contract before he left for bootcamp. So when he went to bootcamp they put his qualification papers on top of his paper work and that allowed him to do the pre-bud workouts while in Boot camp which is much more rigorous than their regular work outs. His bunkmate at bootcamp was also going for SWCC and did the same thing.. This way if he is qualified they can change his contaract in Bootcamp and go staight qualify for SWCC. The only thing that prevent my son from continuing was a lady messed up his paper work at the end of bootcamp and said he needed a waiver for something and in the end he never needed it!! UUGGGG!! So now he has to do a year on a carrier and has to stay qualified for the pre-buds program and if his Captain releases him like he said he would, he will head back up to Great Lakes for the program. I am sorry if this sounds confusing.
Comment by AngiePNMx2 on November 16, 2008 at 11:45pm
Yes the Division and ship is only for bootcamp. When they go to A school it will be a different address and division and ship will be no more.
Comment by AngiePNMx2 on November 14, 2008 at 6:28pm
those are the divisions and ship ( bulidings) they are in during boot camp but it all changes again when they graduate go to their A schools.
Comment by AngiePNMx2 on November 11, 2008 at 10:01pm
mine leaves 7/15
Comment by Carol Aileen on November 8, 2008 at 12:49am
Hi - My name is Carol, my son has been in DEP since April, he will be going to BC in Jan. 09. He has signed up for Nuke - so SC after BC. I am new to this website - I have been learning lots over the past few days!
Comment by AngiePNMx2 on November 4, 2008 at 12:34am yongest son has joined and in DEP. He will leave next July 15 and he will go to A School to be a corpsman. He is 17 and will 18 when he leaves. I think that he is one who has no clue even though his older brother went through boot camp this past Feb and now is in the fleet and has heard what goes on. We have tried to explain and tell him but he's not listening. I am sure that its because we are parents and don't know anything!! LOL
He doesn't seem to want to prepare for it physically or mentally. UUUGGGG!!

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