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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


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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


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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on July 11, 2020 at 11:05pm

trublumom - the recruiters take them to MEPS.  You can either drop them at the recruiters office or in some cases the recruiter might pick them up from home.  With all the COVID going on they might not let you go to MEPS.  The recruiter should be able to tell your son how things are being handled in your area.  Good luck to your son.  Be sure to check in on the boot camp page for more up to date info!

Comment by trublumom on July 11, 2020 at 2:30pm
Got the call yesterday that my son will leave July 20. Wow!!!! Do you know how “drop off” works? Do I just drop him off at recruiting center or can I take him directly to MEPS (3 hours from our town)?
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on July 8, 2020 at 4:13pm

Hi NicksMom - lots of different things going on at MEPS and BC with the whole COVID thing.  There's a good chance you might not be able to go to MEPS.  And they still haven't started back up with live PIR's either.  Everything is up in the air....the BC page will give you your best info.  Jump in over there and ask any questions you might have.  They are pretty good at responding in a timely manner.

Also, is your son ready to go?  Hopefully he's memorized all his stuff he needs to know and has the physical part down too.  The running is real important!  See my post below regarding new fitness standards.

Good luck with everything!  Hang in there ;-D

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on February 19, 2020 at 2:53pm

Good Morning All - July 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 HoneyLemonTea on July 29, 2019 at 9:44am

Angela, I know what you mean I would text my daughter throughout the day usually and it is this little thing that I miss during my work day, my nephew has received a few more texts than usual lately.

Vida, it has been about 4 years since my stepson had his birthday at RTC but he asked me not to send anything with Happy Birthday on the outside. I am sure he heard rumors about extra IT is something for your birthday but he did not have anyone realize it was his birthday and I don’t remember him talking about anyone that had a birthday be recognized at RTC. 

Comment by Angela on July 28, 2019 at 9:12am

My son shipped out on the 16th. Still no form letter. He did call after he arrived and I got his box of stuff. Really miss him. It's weird not being able to text him. I hope we receive his form letter soon.

Comment by Toti75 on July 28, 2019 at 9:10am
My sweet Son Left on 1 july. He Call we talk for a hour....but haven't received FORM LETTER. He wrote letters but nothing...Make me very Sad. I miss him deeply. He is so giving so loving never give us any trouble always helping at home...great student we couldn't understand at the beginning why joined the military....But God showed us he LOVE to served others ..When everyday Friends call and keep asking for him telling us stories about he always listen and make then feel better. He is a blessing.
So you know normal still waiting for the Formal Letter?
Comment by HoneyLemonTea on July 27, 2019 at 9:58pm

My baby of four left for RTC on the 17. I am currently traveling for work. At least the 11 hours days keeps me busy. But i miss texting her throughout the day. Today is the first day i have not been working a ton, i believe i had 81 hours on my time sheet too bad i am paid a salary, and i don't think sitting still is doing me any good. I am restless and pretty sure my husband will grow tried of me asking if we received the form letter yet or talking about the form letter if we do not receive it soon and it is only the second day i have talked about it. Going to keep myself busy making a questionnaire to send in the first letter, just to do something.     

Comment by Amber on July 27, 2019 at 4:01pm
My son left on 8 July. He tried calling today and I missed it but I've been sending letters thru sandboxx. Looks like I'm going to keep my phone attached to my hip so I dont miss the next one. My hubby and I got our plane tickets for Chicago and I cant wait to see him!
Comment by 5PurpleTulips on July 27, 2019 at 8:50am

FORM LETTER ARRIVED: She left the 9th of July, but I just got her Form Letter yesterday.  She and others who arrived around the same time waited for more recruits to arrive; enough to fill a division, 945. THEN they started training and such. Haven't heard what she did for that week, but she's "casted off and is underway" with the training now. Her new grad date then, due to the delay is 13SEP.  Can't wait! What an Adventure! 


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