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 December


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in December

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

Members: 523
Latest Activity: Oct 2, 2022

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

If you have December 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 December, ...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

What makes December boot camp different?

Started by Arwen. Last reply by Velvetenor Nov 10, 2019. 89 Replies


Started by pilots17. Last reply by rebecca Dec 20, 2018. 15 Replies

Son Left 12/13/17

Started by Janice. Last reply by Danita Dec 28, 2017. 13 Replies

Comment Wall


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

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on July 21, 2022 at 5:43pm

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 8:37pm

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

Navy fitness assessment

Comment by Earin on January 2, 2020 at 10:37pm

Hello!  Anyone out there have a CTI with 2/14 PIR?  Talking to our future sailor, sounded like there might be one other at RTC now. 

Comment by Sherri_M on December 18, 2019 at 2:23pm

@footballmom - it's such an honor to watch the ceremony of these young men and women. Hard not to cry -- at my sons yesterday, the young lady giving the first instructions told the families - hey guys, it's all good -- they are getting paid today, so enjoy this moment with them :-). It broke the tension in the room and made things a little lighter, with some laughing involved!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on December 18, 2019 at 1:57pm

FootballMom - here's the link to the 2/27/2020 PIR group:

PIR 2/7/2020

Comment by Velvetenor on December 18, 2019 at 12:46pm

Hi FootballMom, welcome to the group! I agree that walking into the room at MEPS and just seeing my son's back as he was standing at parade rest waiting for the officer to come and swear him in was such a moment for me, too! I managed to not break down, but I think I was holding my breath during the whole swear-in ceremony!

Comment by Sherri_M on December 18, 2019 at 11:00am

He made it to RTC and we received the call about 10:50 our time (so 12:50 Great lakes time). He read word for word, no deviation at all, sounded upbeat and strong. Did not sound hesitant, broken, upset, etc. 

Now, to wait for the form letter and a call in 3 or so weeks! 

Comment by Sherri_M on December 17, 2019 at 8:23pm

@TMC, 9:30 is a pretty decent time. I think with my first one, we received the call about 11ish or midnight. this one will probably be at least that time too -- since he doesn't even land in Chicago till about 930 their time. But, we will be ready for it and then ready for the form letter! Going to go ahead and write a letter today, and have some ready to go! 

Comment by FootballMom on December 17, 2019 at 6:59pm

Hello all, I just received my letter yesterday my son graduates 02/07 he left 12/10 I must say this was the hardest day of my life as I wasn't prepared to walk into that room with red carpet and my son standing at attention facing the flag I broke down but tried to be strong. Today was the first time I didn't break down. my only suggestion is stay busy if his friends want to come over, let them because it is healing for them too. I have been writing my son thru sandbox. Hang in there everyone we are in this together 

Comment by Velvetenor on December 17, 2019 at 4:56pm

@Regina126 and @Rfra_tx - I got my son's form letter yesterday (he left on 12/4), so you should be getting yours soon, too!

Hang in there, ladies! I'm thinking of you all! :)


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