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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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
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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

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Latest Activity: 3 hours ago

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.

Within a week to ten days after your recruit arrives at BC, you will receive "The Box." The box will contain your recruits clothes, shoes, cell phone etc. If you do not receive the box, and your recruit did not take a cell phone it is very possible s/he donated clothing items.

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


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

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN 3 hours ago

Ladies your plans sound awesome!  The key is to make memories and it sounds like you will!  Enjoy.

Comment by Velvetenor 13 hours ago

Hi Rfra_tx - We have plans for a full Thanksgiving weekend before my son leaves, too. We will have Thanksgiving day with my husband's family, then Friday we will clean and decorate the house for Christmas, then Saturday we are having an "Open House" send-off party for my son, all day, so our friends and family can hopefully find a time to stop by and wish him well. Then Sunday morning we are having "Early Christmas" so my son and daughter can exchange some presents in the morning and we will go to church and have a full Italian dinner that evening. It will be a whirlwind weekend for his last one at home before he leaves, but keeping busy is probably the best thing for me, so I have less idle time to worry or feel sad.

Comment by Rfra_tx on Saturday

Hi Velvetenor - Christmas will be hard but we are doing a Thanksgiving/Christmas combo before our son leaves.  Still several weeks to go but I know it will go by fast.  Been trying to think of something special to do as a send off but haven't come up with anything yet.

Comment by Velvetenor on October 4, 2019 at 1:08pm

Hi Rfra-tx, my son is also scheduled to ship to BC that week - Dec 4th, 2019 - maybe they will be in the same division!  He is my oldest, as well, and we are not a "military family" so all of this is new to me.  My family and I are sad that he will be gone over Christmas, but we are very excited for him to start this new chapter in his life.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 25, 2019 at 11:51am

December is right around the corner!  Be sure your future Sailor is prepared.

**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 B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 5, 2019 at 2:32pm
New news just out today 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.
Comment by Rfra_tx on August 29, 2019 at 2:50pm

Hello, I guess that I'm the first one posting for December 2019.  My son is schedule to go on December 3.  This is my oldest leaving.  My sister has been a big help.  She told me about this site - might be sick of all my questions lol.  She is a former Navy wife and currently has 2 sons in the Navy.

Comment by Nola on January 8, 2019 at 1:52am

Does anyone have a son who’s in division 114 ship 06 who’s been nicknamed ‘Too Tall’? 

Comment by AlwaysBeeKind on January 3, 2019 at 12:56pm

So glad you got the letter!  We've been trying to be patient, but kind of hard through the holidays and no contact.  It's been super cold here in CO but blue sky, sunshine and warmer temps today, so hopefully that's a good sign. Happy Thursday!

Comment by ProudMom on January 2, 2019 at 12:30am

Yay!!!!! We received our form letter yesterday for all of those moms/families whose recruit started BC 12/17! Hang in there you should be receiving it!!!


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