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.

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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DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in March


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in March

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

Members: 575
Latest Activity: Mar 21

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

If you have March 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 March, ...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

My son leaves March 5th for boot camp

Started by Sunshyne3. Last reply by momofcordon Mar 9. 3 Replies

Left 3/26/18 Haven't received form letter

Started by Navymom. Last reply by Phoenixmom Apr 13, 2018. 1 Reply

Husband leaves for boot-camp 03/29/17

Started by navy4khays. Last reply by lemonelephant Apr 9, 2018. 11 Replies


Started by Army/Navy. Last reply by ProudMammaC Apr 3, 2018. 3 Replies

Feeling anxious

Started by Angella. Last reply by Angella Mar 29, 2018. 7 Replies

Boyfriend left 15th March, Ship 14 DIV 182

Started by Maddy Pope. Last reply by Nikki. Dec 12, 2017. 5 Replies

Comment Wall


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

Comment by lemonelephant on December 28, 2018 at 1:35am

Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for..., and to start discussing some of the things there with your future Sailor such as how to handle bad news and who will get the tickets for PIR.... 

If you have not yet joined Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), now is a good time to do so and to begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) starting with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (some of you have changes that you need to make--at least change 3) and then go on to Arrival and What Happens at the RTC. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 12, 2018 at 2:02pm

You know truthfully I expected the Recruiters Office to speak to me on that behalf, and my son to inform me what he was signing, he didnt sign any forms in front of me at all. This being the first time for me, I didnt know. then helping out on BCM I come to realize there was alot I should have known. They did ask if I had any questions but how was I suppose to ask if I didnt know. I know they had received info from My sons High school and the years he was in ROTC. and then at the time my Son was having problems with one of his Instructors because he signed up Navy and not Army or Marines. That I had a problem with, but the Recruiters office asked me not to say nothing because he was being a pushover. so I didnt I waited until my Son Graduated since he was enlisted already and I gave him a peice of my mind and reported him to the office. Everyone in my Son's class asked him why is he throwing you under the bus and doing that, my Son said he's mad but My son didnt let it affect him in no way and it made that Drill Instructor more mad. Crazy Hu!

Comment by Kbpoohbear on April 12, 2018 at 1:41pm
Our kids left the same time. Now I can resume the stalking.
Comment by Phoenixmom on April 12, 2018 at 1:34pm

 rrmrm LOL! you know when I went thru this with my son I never knew anything about all of this, I just waited patiently, I have karned so much being on this site. I guess I'm old school but I never knew anything about the paperwork my son took care of everything and didnt talk to me about anything. the only thing he told me was that I was his benificuary (go Figure) I was so blindsided, oh and what it was he was going to be. other than that I knew nothing, now that I know there is more to it, I feel so Dumb. But he has done good by taking care of everything I havent come acroos any problems but I am ready for him when he comes visits to get my POA'S done.

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 12, 2018 at 1:16pm

rrmrm that is awesome News, but the anxiety of waiting till you get home, completely understandable!

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 10, 2018 at 1:24pm

The normal scenario for sailors flying
> out of state to their A school is that they will be released
> for liberty immediately following PIR. They may spend the
> rest of the day with their family and are expected to report
> back in the early evening. Your sailor will know when they
> need to return and plan for being back at RTC about an hour
> or more prior to their report time. In the Navy, on time is
> considered late, and you will want to avoid the long line of
> cars waiting to get back on RTC. You should be able to
> return to RTC (be sure to have tickets for everyone) and
> your sailor with his ID.
> Your sailor may not bring any
> electronics back to RTC, including their cell phones the
> night of PIR. If your sailor's flight out is the day after
> PIR, they will leave at one of two very early morning
> departures for one of the three area airports. Flights out
> are based on where the Navy got the best ticket prices, so
> just because one group for an A school flew out of O'Hare,
> doesn't mean all of them will. Be sure to get flight
> information from your sailor before you leave them at RTC.
> Only they are allowed to tell you their flight, and you are
> not to share their flight information with others,
> especially not on social media. You may meet your sailor at
> the airport to give them their cell phones. If you wish to
> go to the gate with your sailor, they will have to take you,
> or in the case of very large groups, the USO volunteer might
> assist you in acquiring a guest gate pass. Be sure to have
> ID for everyone, including children, and be prepared to go
> through TSA security with your sailor.
>  You may stay with your sailor at their
> gate until they depart on their flight.
> This is the normal scenario, there are
> a few exceptions. These exceptions and further details are
> explained in in my discussion  What PIR weekend may be
> like for those flying out of GL ( Sometimes
> your sailor has to finalize their orders, in which case they
> are not actually on liberty immediately following PIR, and
> you will need to wait for them at the RTC NEX. Other sailors
> have been moved to THU and they most likely will not fly out
> that weekend. They are not housed on the RTC site and may
> have their phones and computers and you will most likely be
> able to spend the weekend with them, just as parents of GL A
> school sailors are able to do.

Chipmunk has did me a favor to so kindly put this together for those who have Loved One's flying out for A school.

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 10, 2018 at 1:22pm

June 1, 2018

TG 30

233, 234. 235, 236 .237. 238,

813,814, 815, 930

Not up and running as if yet, when it does please join.

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 3, 2018 at 5:30pm

PIR: April 6, 2018 TG 22 - 11 Divisions (145-152, 810, 811, and 922) 

PIR: April 13, 2018 TG 23 - 11 Divisions (153-162 and 923) 

PIR: April 20, 2018 TG 24 - 13 Divisions (163-174 and 924)  

PIR: April 27, 2018 TG 25 - 11 Divisions (175-178, 181-186 and 925)  

PIR: May 4, 2018 TG 26 - 10 Divisions (187-190, 193-196, 812 and 926) 

PIR: May 11, 2018 TG 27 - 9 Divisions (199-200, 203-208 and 927) 

PIR: May 18, 2018 TG 28 - 11 Divisions (209-218 and 928)

This PIR is not up and running when it does please Join.

May 25, 2018
219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 229, 230, 231, 232, 929
Comment by sydney on April 1, 2018 at 9:12pm

Hi guys! My honey left for training on 03/27 wondering if anybody else has a loved one there also? 

Comment by Phoenixmom on March 29, 2018 at 12:43pm

for those that are going in, they were expected to train prior to leaving for BC that is there Recruiter had them to. we are seeing quite a few that are unable to pass the run, and or swim test. they will work with them to help them to pass. so for those that have not or are not scheduled to come for a few days or weeks it is crucial that the sites below be read by the Mothers and by the recruit signing in so they can get a head start on training themselves to be able to accomplish these requirements beforehand.


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