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)

DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in August


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in August

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for bootcamp in August...I will leave the year open so that even future Deppers leaving in the month of August of any year can join...Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions

Members: 746
Latest Activity: Jul 22, 2022

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPpers leaving in the month of August (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

We are an extension of the group DEPpers/Future, but not gone yet- see the link above.

If you haven't been there, go there now....There is a ton of information that you will need and are probably dying what to send with them to Boot Camp and BC videos! :)

So if you have general information and comments that will be helpful and/or encouraging for ALL new DEP/Future Sailor Moms, then leave it in that main DEPper/Future Sailors Group, but if you have August ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in August, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...

Things to do in the last month before your future sailor leaves (Click on the link.)

Once your recruit has arrived at RTC, the next stop here is to join the group Boot Camp for Moms (and loved ones)  Hangout and ask questions in this group until your form letter arrives.

***New news just out today (9/25/19) from the US Navy Recruit Training Command FaceBook page:
Attention families and friends of RTC: Previously, upon arrival to boot camp, recruits would box up their civilian belongings and ship it to their choice of destination. Our new procedure now has those boxes being stored locally and will be returned to the recruits the day before graduation. The new procedure went into effect this week beginning with Div. 409 in Training Group 52.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the Security Access Form. The Security Access form needs to be completed and sent back to your recruit ASAP. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), Things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets.

After you have received the form letter, join the group for your recruits PIR. There you can ask questions about PIR, training, hotels etc.Those groups will be posted in the Boot Camp for Mom's group.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

**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

Leaves Auguat 20, 2019

Started by Jamie. Last reply by Milliemax2 Sep 3, 2019. 16 Replies

My Son is off to start his adventure 8/27/19

Started by MyNavyRoo. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 30, 2019. 9 Replies

Shipped out yesterday

Started by Leslie. Last reply by InTheNavyMom Aug 15, 2019. 10 Replies

August 29 group

Started by Kim. Last reply by lemonelephant Sep 19, 2018. 5 Replies

Leaving August 30, 2018

Started by 4Roses92. Last reply by Navy4JK Sep 18, 2018. 21 Replies

My son left 8/23

Started by Wcpunk4. Last reply by Anne Marie Sep 13, 2018. 7 Replies

Leaving Tomorrow Aug. 29th

Started by krisam. Last reply by lemonelephant Sep 12, 2018. 10 Replies

Left for Bootcamp

Started by tiffanyw18. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 29, 2018. 4 Replies


Started by Bb8/00. Last reply by Son#2 Aug 12, 2018. 9 Replies

Leaving August 13

Started by FF3577 Aug 1, 2018. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in August to add comments!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on July 21, 2022 at 5:41pm

Please click on the link below as it has info for your recruit to prepare him/herself before leaving for boot camp.

Recruits - prepare yourself

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on February 6, 2022 at 8:38pm

Here is updated info on the Fitness Assessment that they must pass in boot camp. 

Navy fitness assessment

Comment by DsMom2020 on October 11, 2020 at 3:07pm

Hi katmom- I cant tell from your post if you are putting in tge right address on your letters. Attached photo indicates your SR is in ship 13. Use that address when writing to him. Ship name is not usually included on letters. Good luck. 

Comment by katmom1 on October 11, 2020 at 2:07pm

Good Morning! My son left on 8/23/20. We have received a few letters from him. Originally he put in "recruit training command" when we received notice of graduation. Now his return has "marvin shields". Will he still receive with either of these on the address? Last letter was yesterday and he has not received from me. Thank you.

Comment by Kristel2400 on August 23, 2020 at 12:23pm

Could someone please share a working link for tips/ideas for writing letters? Each link I find is no longer working. Many thanks in advance.

Comment by Shoosh on August 19, 2020 at 7:18am

Amanda hey! How are things, have you heard from your son? My daughter leaves next week, 8/26

Comment by Amanda on July 28, 2020 at 7:20pm
My son is leaving 8/3/20....just a few days away
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on February 19, 2020 at 2:46pm

Good Morning All - August is right around the corner.  Be sure you and your SR are getting ready now!

**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."

Comment by AVnavymom on February 2, 2020 at 4:17pm

My son leaves 8/19/20 

Comment by partyofseven on September 14, 2019 at 1:17am

Welcome SherylJ, 

That is awesome. Did you receive his ship # and address as well? If so, now you can start writing letters and planning for the trip. It will be here before you know it. 


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