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 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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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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DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in February


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in February

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

Members: 556
Latest Activity: Sep 25

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

If you have February 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 February, ...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."

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Ship 09 Div 134 PIR 26Mar10

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Boot camp FAQ - Welcome to the Navy

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 25, 2019 at 11:52am

February 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 lemonelephant on March 13, 2019 at 11:26pm

SDnavymom, you are within the window to receive the form letter any day now. The window is 9 to 14 business days after the recruit's arrival at RTC.

Comment by SDnavymom on March 13, 2019 at 2:55pm

Two weeks today...still no letter, but I keep checking! Praying for him every morning: for strength, stamina, joy in his work, freedom from illness or injury, and favor with his fellow recruits and leaders. No news is good news, I know. Watched a PIR last Friday and cried at the end when all the family members flooded the floor and hugged their sailors. So excited to see him again, to see the transformation, the pride, the feeling of accomplishment, the energy!

Comment by blackbirdmom on March 9, 2019 at 3:10pm

Pearl Harbor is a beautiful base. They enjoy living there, but it can be expensive. It's also a long plane ride from home. :-) But it just goes to show you never know where they will end up in the Navy.  It's been almost 2 years since his Pass In Review (March 31, 2017). 

Comment by SDnavymom on March 9, 2019 at 3:01pm

Awesome, blackbird, thanks for the info! Oh, and Hawaii, what a beautiful place to be stationed!

Comment by blackbirdmom on March 9, 2019 at 12:43pm

There is a vendor set up in the ceremony hall where you can buy challenge coins. 

Comment by blackbirdmom on March 9, 2019 at 12:41pm

Challenge coins are given for milestones or ports visited. My family and my son-in-law's family got him some for boot camp. Funny story, one of the challenge coins he got at boot camp was for Hawaii because that was his "sponsor" for his boot camp group. He and my daughter are currently stationed there. Other than the ones he got in boot camp, our SIL has gotten a few others for advancements he has made. 

Comment by SDnavymom on March 9, 2019 at 12:31pm

Has anyone ever heard of "Challenge Coins"? Another elderly Navy mom told me that parents can give a challenge coin to their sailor after a big achievement (like graduating from boot camp)...I've looked them up, but am not sure if that's really a thing. Thoughts?

Comment by WyomingNavyMom on March 7, 2019 at 6:12pm

He is my oldest. He is my over achiever. Graduated high school early in order to enlist. I was not prepared to let him go so fast. We are adjusting. Of course we didn’t have much choice, he’s gone!

Comment by thedisneymom on March 7, 2019 at 5:55pm

3ofusbda - the waiting is hard.  I was in your exact position 4 weeks ago.  You have NO control, no contact, no nothing.  Getting the form letter and just seeing their handwriting on the letter is calming.  Knowing you have an address to reach out to them....  This place is a great resource to let it out.  We have ALL been in the place you are in now.  We will help guide you along as best as we can.  Stay strong, send positive thoughts to your sailor.  We will send positive thoughts to you.....


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