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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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FMF Corpsman moms

A place to talk and share stories and worries about our kids, boyfriends, and others that are FMF corpsman.

Location: worldwide
Members: 93
Latest Activity: Jul 23, 2022

Discussion Forum

Field Medical Training Battalion (FMTB)

Started by KaylaRae. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Sep 10, 2016. 4 Replies

Wonderful information by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom…Continue

29 palms base in Cali help?

Started by Tiffany110491. Last reply by Tiffany110491 Mar 22, 2015. 4 Replies

ne I am new to all of this and would like some help please :) so my husband is currently in A school in San antonio and recieved preorders for FMF in 29 palms Cali and I am hoping those orders change…Continue

What it takes to earn the FMF qualification

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by KathyProudCorpsmanmom Mar 9, 2015. 5 Replies

Fleet Marine Force (FMF) is an earned qualification.  Only those sailors who are attached to forward-deployable Marine units are eligible to earn the FMF pin.  The rigorous process takes months and…Continue


Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by DramaSoul Aug 6, 2012. 1 Reply

Here are the Operational Security rules - and the easy Dr. Seuss version to help remember!  :)  It's always good to review the OPSEC guidelines. Homecomings have been postponed and Navy Facebook…Continue

Comment Wall


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Comment by partyofseven on July 23, 2022 at 12:37pm

Good Morning Everyone,

I know it's not much activity on here but I wanted to say hello and see how everyone is doing?

My son just got his FMF Pin last week. What a great honor it is!! He is so relieved!!

God Bless and have a great day everyone!!!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on January 24, 2017 at 5:35pm

That's great news!  Congrats to your daughter!  (btw as you're new to N4M, be sure to not use your last name in your screen name here :)   Welcome to the group!

Comment by Melony Burway on January 24, 2017 at 5:06pm
My Navy daughter just received her FMF PIN YESTERDAY! !!
Comment by tiffytbe on December 2, 2016 at 1:41pm

Someone posted yesterday and I accidentally deleted the email. It was about hotels for FMTB-W graduation. Feel free to contact me. If hotels are not too busy, I can get good rates as I work for a hotel management company.

Comment by Ann..DevilDocMom on September 18, 2016 at 6:52pm

My son graduated Field Med Class 040 on Sept 16th. I live so far away I wasn't able to attend the Graduation. Is there a Mom who may have attended that took pics at the graduation. My son maybe a friend of one of yours or mb he's in somebody's pics. Thanks. B's Mom.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on September 17, 2016 at 3:52am

Here's a tidbit I learned from a corpsman at Naval Hospital Pensacola:  When a sailor prepares for boards for their warfare quals and they get to the murder board, don't panic over the name.  It's not (just) because you're about to be slain with questions.  It's because two or more crows together are called a "murder," hence, murder board.  (Petty officers = "crows.")  Might help your corpsman calm down a little LOL 

Comment by Ann..DevilDocMom on September 5, 2016 at 11:10am
Thanks March. He's completing FMF training and his orders are 1st Medical Battalion 1st Marine Logistics Group..
He didn't go to this right after Corpsman A school. He worked assisting in the Dept of Surgery at the Naval Hospital in Beaufort for 2 years. He was suppose to do 3 there but after expressing he really wanted to do this they cut his time short. Was given 2 awards and sent right away and started FMF training ends this Friday. He's passed everything with high honors and if he completes the 8 mile hike and such he'll graduate the week after I think. He reminded me of all this when he called me last night. He did say at any time he can be told he's being deployed.
He's loving this experience and would like to be attached to a Marine unit.
All of your Info was helpful and even though he only has 2.5yrs left on his contract he'd like to work towards getting the pin too. Hope to talk again Ann.
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on September 5, 2016 at 12:26am

Welcome B'sMom!  All graduates do NOT go on to a Marine Corps unit.  These days, most corpsmen go through the eight weeks of training that comprise Field Medical Battalion, as part of overall readiness.  He will not be able to earn the Fleet Marine Force qualification and receive his pin unless he is assigned to a forward-deployable Marine Corps unit.  Here is information about it:  What it takes to earn the FMF qualification.  Regarding graduation - there is a ceremony and families are welcome to attend.  It's definitely not as elaborate as PIR!  They receive a certificate and immediately take off for their duty station. do need to learn all about what a corpsman does, especially if he goes "greenside" (with Marines).  "Blueside" refers to corpsmen assigned to ships, hospitals, and clinics.  Greenside corpsmen are treasured by their Marines because of their lifesaving efforts everywhere especially in the war zone.  I haven't heard of a corpsman that didn't receive orders to their first duty station upon completing A School and prior to attending FMTB - are you sure he doesn't have orders?  

Comment by Ann..DevilDocMom on September 4, 2016 at 7:12pm
Hi All Proud Mom's I'm new to this group. My son is in his last week of FMF Corpsman training On West Coast and he's doing extremely well. Can somebody please fill me in on what happens at graduation and never heard of the pinning. How do they earn that? He's not sure what his orders are yet but in the next week what will happen? Are all graduates attached to a marine unit and go on deployment? Thank you all and God Bless all our sons and daughters that they stay safe as things are heating up out there. It's so nerve racking as a mom but he assures me he'll be in the back even in a war zone. So many questions..thinking of all of you and I am B's mom!
Comment by Navajosunshine39 on May 20, 2015 at 11:10am

Froggy - CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR SON!! I'm happy for you and him. You have all the right to be so proud! Whoohoo!!


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