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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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 May


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in May

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

Members: 412
Latest Activity: May 29, 2020

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

If you have May 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 May, ...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."

Discussion Forum


Started by RIMom. Last reply by Phoenixmom May 21, 2018. 1 Reply


Started by Trish. Last reply by lemonelephant May 20, 2018. 11 Replies

The box

Started by kuuipo. Last reply by kuuipo May 30, 2018. 7 Replies

Proud and worried

Started by Dr. Von. Last reply by lemonelephant May 15, 2018. 6 Replies

Boyfriend Leaving May 30th, 2018

Started by sailorgirlfriend. Last reply by lemonelephant Jun 14, 2018. 23 Replies

Comment Wall


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

Comment by bz74mom on June 14, 2018 at 6:11pm

Hi ladies, I love reading all of your posts and realizing Im not the only one stalking my mailman. Whoever suggested signing up for informed delivery thank you because I was rushing home every day from work to check the mail.

My son left May 30th for BC anyone else have the same ship date? I'm still waiting for the letter.

Comment by Heather on June 13, 2018 at 2:31pm

Is there is anyone with a recruit in DIV 293 or its brother division, DIV 294.

Comment by Heather on June 13, 2018 at 11:54am

Happy Wednesday,

    Thanks for this group. Such a strong support group. Thanks to all who put so much time into learning all of the information.I contacted my son's recruiter for his address. the recruiter gave me the address and ship #. I double checked on here for the ship # address and the recruiters address he gave me and they do not match. What one do I use. Still waiting for form letter, so that cannot be a resource

Comment by lemonelephant on June 12, 2018 at 9:40pm

You MAY get a second form letter with the correct info. Some have and some have not.

Comment by lemonelephant on June 12, 2018 at 9:39pm

Yes, you can call the recruiter Thursday (since it sometimes takes a day or two to get the info into the system when a change is made) and get the address and it should be the right one. Double-check the address against those at or  Ship/Division--How it Works.

Comment by Heather on June 12, 2018 at 7:47pm

EliteLioness.. My son has the same PIR date. Yay. I have not received the form letter yet either, but when I do get it, it will be like Christmas:) I got the same kind of phone call as well, as my son said he switched divisions too. So happy that we have the same PIR date!

Comment by Tabitha on June 12, 2018 at 3:40pm

Elitelioness, that is such a great story, it made me smile. What the mail man said about that letter being priceless is so true on so many levels. When our SR first left, I signed up for informed delivery. I seen it coming in the mail and don't you know I never received it. I was so heartbroken, so finally I stayed home one day to talk to my mail carrier. Found out the day that letter was delivered, my regular mail lady was on vacation. Our form letter got lost in the mail or either was delivered to someone else. Talk about heartbroken :( Thank goodness about two weeks later we got a 45 min phone call from him, it made my broken heart heal. I love reading everyone's stories hear, they truly keep me sane while I wait for PIR. :) Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on June 12, 2018 at 11:04am

Good Morning Ladies, Letters shall bgin coming around the third week. here is a site to read on letters.

Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit

Comment by Heather on June 11, 2018 at 1:23pm

Yes hopefully. My son went to RTC MAY 24, no letter yet . Yes that's what I have been told, no news is good news!

Comment by VenturaMari on June 11, 2018 at 1:21pm

My son has been at RTC since 5/31, no letter yet, hoping no news is good news. I got the "I am here call" but nothing else. Keeping my fingers crossed.


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