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 July


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in July

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

Members: 809
Latest Activity: Jun 27, 2023

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

If you have July 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 July, ...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 Fitness Standards"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 37 seconds for female recruits."

Discussion Forum

Recruit Leaving July 2019

Started by Three3Boys. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) May 10, 2023. 48 Replies

July 2022 DEP

Started by SoS_Survivor_45. Last reply by CBMom Jul 21, 2022. 1 Reply

DEP Recruit leaving 7/10/19

Started by Cindy- wonder woman. Last reply by Celticwoman2 Jul 27, 2019. 5 Replies

July 1, 2019 DEP Group

Started by crossings45. Last reply by Celticwoman2 Jul 8, 2019. 7 Replies

Comment Wall


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

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on February 6, 2022 at 8:33pm

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

Navy fitness assessment

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on July 22, 2021 at 5:02pm

Hi Sandy - I saw your "Boot" discussion and commented there.  Come on over to the boot camp group and ask your questions.  There's a lot more activity there and you will get much quicker responses.

You will have to wait for the official form letter (about 4 weeks) before you can send any letters back.  Start writing now, # them in the corner, and then when you get the letter you can mail them and you can use Sandboxx but ONLY IN BOOT CAMP.  Sandboxx will send him the letter in paper form.  It's very possible you will get more calls - but no guarantees on anything.  Depending on his vaccination status he may or may not have to quarantine for a bit.

Comment by Sandy on July 22, 2021 at 4:31pm
Hi all been crying since son left yesterday and missed his arrival call ugh. He went to GL Chicago. Is the bootcamp 8 weeks? And if I send mail thru sandboxx will he see it seeing they hold all phones? Do we get more calls ? Also.
Do I have to wait for letter from him first? Thanks so much
Comment by TNNavyMom on July 19, 2021 at 4:21pm

My recruit arrived on July 12th. This weekend was really hard not having him here. This is my last child at home and once he gets settled into the Navy we will be making plans to travel more. This is a new chapter for all of us. He has wanted this his whole life. We are so proud of him. So glad I found the forum, the groups are so helpful. I watched the boot camp videos and felt a sense of relief just knowing what to expect. Thanks!

Comment by K⚓️ on June 17, 2021 at 10:14pm

Thank you B'sNukeMom! 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on June 16, 2021 at 5:40pm

KL - normally they go to MEPS, spend the night at a hotel and then fly out the next day.  At least that's how my son did it in 2012.  I think it's still the same and COVID hasn't changed it!

Comment by K⚓️ on June 13, 2021 at 5:34pm

My son leaves for boot camp July 12th. Typically do the recruits fly out directly from MEPS or the next day?


Comment by Rhiannon on July 22, 2020 at 9:37pm

My Recruit left on July 8th, the day of my late mothers birthday and although I am extremely proud of her.  It had completely felt my world shattered when I couldn't be there the day she got on the plane to GL.  So far this entire year has made things so difficult to see her but I keep positive thoughts going and so far, the Navy families I have surrounded myself with has made it a bit easier to know this is her making her decisions just as I had in the beginning of my adulthood and she will do great things for herself and our country!  Thank you for allowing me in this group and hope everyone else is well :D

Comment by trublumom on July 12, 2020 at 9:37am
Thank you so much!!!❤️
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on July 11, 2020 at 11:06pm

And I left the link to the boot camp group in the welcome message on your page ;-D


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