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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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 November


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in November

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

Members: 600
Latest Activity: on Monday

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

If you have November 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 November, ...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

meps departure nov. 29 2018

Started by Tonya. Last reply by Tonya Dec 17, 2018. 12 Replies

Son Left Nov 8th still no Form Letter

Started by TSUNAMISMOM. Last reply by lemonelephant Dec 16, 2018. 18 Replies

BC in November

Started by Tlpemp55. Last reply by lemonelephant Dec 8, 2018. 20 Replies

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 5, 2019 at 2:33pm
New news just out today 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.
Comment by Amanda on January 20, 2019 at 9:47am
The last of our DEP November group will be graduating this Friday, with the exception of anyone who may have been set back, I could not be more excited! I feel like I was just going through this page reading all the comments and posts from last year hoping for some kind of insight of BC when shipping out in November!
Comment by Phoenixmom on December 5, 2018 at 2:50pm

At first recruits are only permitted to write during holiday routine on Sunday and later they may be able to write on one or two other days as well (often Tuesday and Thursday) and some Divisions may earn the privilege of writing every day if they are doing really well or if the RDC feels that providing that privilege will boost morale. Letters are put in the mail bag on Sunday and the RMPO mails them on Monday unless Monday is a federal holiday. Any letters written throughout the week won't go in the mail bag until Sunday during holiday routine. Some RDCs permit letters to be placed in the mail bag only on Sunday afternoon with mail going out Monday morning even when they can write on other days and others permit them to put letters in the mail bag on the day they are written for the RMPO to mail the next morning.  It is up to the RDC and there does not seem to be a "norm" for this.

Once your recruit can receive mail, Mail Call is every weekday evening (M-F). All mail received at RTC is distributed to the recruits on the same day that it is processed.  The division's RMPO distributes the mail to the recruits during Mail Call in their compartments that evening sometime prior to Taps. Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit

Comment by Emma on December 5, 2018 at 2:11pm

Mail goes out on Monday right? I got letters Saturday but I was not sure if because the post offices were closed today if it would be another week to get their mail.

Comment by Tlpemp55 on December 5, 2018 at 1:17pm

Amanda, same here.

Comment by Amanda on December 5, 2018 at 10:14am

My SR left 11/28 and I got her box yesterday! Now to wait for the form letter! :D

Comment by lemonelephant on December 3, 2018 at 11:58pm

Lisa Ann, hopefully that does end up being his ship and division. Know that there are only three guests for that TG since it is a large TG.

Comment by Lisa Ann on December 3, 2018 at 8:30pm

Woohoo SR recruiter let me know he is ship 3/div 80. I’ll wait for the form letter just to be sure but looks like PIR is 1/18. I’m looking forward to seeing him in 7 Friday’s.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on December 3, 2018 at 1:17pm

Yes you are correct Mary Sue they are at night.  I wasn't paying attention when I responded to you.  I was just remembering when my son went through BS he called us on a Wednesday as we were walking out the door to head to the airport!  Your call should come in on Thursday if he goes through on Wed. - but again, don't worry.  They work together in BS to pass everyone.  Hang in there!

Comment by Mary Sue on December 3, 2018 at 12:12pm

B’sNukeMom. Thank you.   His battlestatiion is Wednesday though so I’m assuming I won’t get a call till Thursday. They are always during the night right?


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