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 June


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in June

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

Members: 669
Latest Activity: Jul 21, 2022

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

If you have June 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 June, ...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


Started by AK907Tammy. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) Jul 3, 2019. 1 Reply

Received the Box

Started by J-lo83. Last reply by J-lo83 Jul 2, 2019. 3 Replies

My Son Arrived at RTC 6/27/2019

Started by AK907Tammy. Last reply by J-lo83 Jun 28, 2019. 1 Reply

Daughter arrived at RTC 6/26/2019

Started by J-lo83 Jun 28, 2019. 0 Replies

Received the "scripted call" from my son 6/6/19

Started by lisalegacy1. Last reply by Kyles Mom Jun 18, 2019. 3 Replies

June 13, 2019

Started by SoSi. Last reply by Lisa UT/MT Mom Jun 16, 2019. 28 Replies

6/16/19...Father’s Day ship out?

Started by Kyles Mom. Last reply by Kyles Mom Jun 15, 2019. 7 Replies

Leaving June 13,2019

Started by Proud MOM. Last reply by schen Jun 10, 2019. 1 Reply

D Day! June 6th

Started by JaniceRenee. Last reply by JaniceRenee Jun 4, 2019. 6 Replies

Daughter ships out 6/18

Started by flygraceful. Last reply by flygraceful Jun 2, 2019. 2 Replies

Comment Wall


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

Comment by DavesMom19 on May 28, 2019 at 9:20am

Hello, looking for some advice/help.  My son is scheduled to leave on 6/19.  He is worried because he has not heard from his recruiter/chief in a few weeks.  They've had some changes and quite honestly the bi-weekly trainings and weekly check-ins have been sporadic at best.  Has anyone else encountered this?  And this close to leaving for BC?

Also, he is having a ton of emotions right now and I'm wondering if he's second guessing joining.  He says he still wants to join, but I can tell there's some angst there.  Is this normal???  Thank you!

Comment by A'sSubMom on May 15, 2019 at 9:12pm

Thanks for reaching out, Davesmom19. June sounds like it's going to be busy and emotional.  Graduation from high school and joining the military are exciting milestones but it means that our babies are growing up. Congratulations on raising a future sailor. I'm so happy for these groups. I learn a lot and feel comfort knowing that I'm not the only mom feeling this way. 

Comment by DavesMom19 on May 15, 2019 at 8:53pm

A'sSubMom, my son is leaving on 6/19 too!  He's been in DEP since May 30th of last year, so he's been working towards this for a long time.  I've been trying to prepare myself mentally as well.  No matter how much time I've had to prepare, as the days are ticking down, my emotions are going crazy!

My son is graduating from HS on 6/5 and his party is on 6/8 and he leaves on 6/19.  A lot happens in one month!

I've been on this site for quite a few months, but haven't really communicated with anyone too much.  Been mostly learning from the veteran moms.  They are a wealth of information!!!

I'm happy to finally find someone else who's son is leaving the same day as mine.  I hope you're coping well and we find our sons get through BC stronger and better men!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on May 15, 2019 at 6:54pm

Looks like there's a few of you now getting ready for June ship dates!  

Be sure to read up on things to do in the last month:

Things to do in the last month before your future sailor leaves

Comment by A'sSubMom on May 15, 2019 at 6:17pm

My son leaves June 19th too. He works so he gave his 2 weeks notice yesterday so that June will be free for him to get ready and for us to have a family trip. We will be going to the Grand Canyon. He has his own apartment so we will be helping him pack up his things. Mostly, I am just trying to spend time with him as much as possible but also give him space so that he can process what's going on.

Comment by Kyles Mom on May 5, 2019 at 9:07pm

Any June 16th? My son leaves on Father’s Day...anyone else out there?

Comment by DavesMom19 on April 17, 2019 at 11:54am

Hi!  I'm still looking for any members who have DEPs leaving June 19, 2019.  I'd love to hear what you are doing in these last month or so to get your recruit ready and yourself ready!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on April 9, 2019 at 11:44am

Welcome new members!

**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."

Also, be sure to join this group for boot camp moms, here you'll find lots of valuable info.

Comment by DavesMom19 on April 9, 2019 at 8:51am

I have been doing a lot of researching on this site and other Navy sites to help.  I've also watched some of the PIRs online and that was helpful to see what the graduation will be like.

So much to learn and so much unknown!

Comment by Rachel on April 8, 2019 at 8:36pm

Ha! It is confusing ....... And exhausting


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