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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Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's Discussions (1,291)

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"It really depends on what type of an FC they are. If they are Aegis FCs, they will g…"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Feb 1, 2017 to After C School

11 Feb 1, 2017
Reply by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick

"Welcome! Glad you found the group, they no longer allow them to select if they want…"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Sep 27, 2012 to ET vs FC - which better for foreign soil bases/travel?

25 Mar 15, 2013
Reply by magsmom

"Great information Jo!"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Sep 7, 2012 to ET spec war comms tech

5 Sep 16, 2012
Reply by Concernedad

"It would be the same paperwork and he cannot do that until he graduates from bootcam…"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Jan 5, 2012 to AECF Wives Club for our ET and FC wives

793 Feb 5, 2016
Reply by RebeccaProudWife

"Well said Karla!"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Jan 3, 2012 to AECF Wives Club for our ET and FC wives

793 Feb 5, 2016
Reply by RebeccaProudWife

"Quinshana and txnavywife, base housing can be full at different times, when we moved…"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Nov 15, 2011 to AECF Wives Club for our ET and FC wives

793 Feb 5, 2016
Reply by RebeccaProudWife

"Sandy, Dahlgren is actually closer to DC, students that go to school at Dahlgren fly…"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Oct 8, 2011 to Dalghren, Va for C school - where to live????

6 Oct 18, 2011
Reply by April(Don's girl)

"There are very few FC schools that are less than six months long - the one that stan…"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Aug 3, 2011 to C-School. Do they move us?

9 Aug 16, 2011
Reply by Ash

"Hi all,  Things have been changing in the AECF community over the last couple of yea…"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Jul 7, 2011 to C-School for FCs...When did you get your orders?

63 Nov 29, 2012
Reply by HalfOfMyHeart

"April, I am hoping thatvyou can get base housing or at least a plaace in VA as MD is…"

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick replied Apr 19, 2011 to AECF Wives Club for our ET and FC wives

793 Feb 5, 2016
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