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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."

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 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: 607
Latest Activity: Dec 14, 2019

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.

***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

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 Patty on December 14, 2019 at 8:14pm
I got a phone call today
Comment by Patty on December 12, 2019 at 11:28am

According to my informed delivery, I should be getting the Form letter or a letter in general from my son. Since it is metered mail, I am assuming it is the form letter. I am so excited! I can't wait for the mail carrier to come this afternoon!

Comment by Patty on December 2, 2019 at 8:36am
Me too tewpaw! I’ve signed up for the informed delivery through the postal service so I can know if his letters are in my mailbox.
Comment by tewpaw on December 2, 2019 at 12:57am

Patty- my son left on Wed so I was confused as well regarding P -days.  Looking forward to getting the form letter soon.  

Comment by Patty on November 30, 2019 at 8:33am
Thank you for the info. I’m trying to figure out his PIR date and I’m guessing he will be one of those 10 Friday ones. It’s just so weird not seeing my boy everyday.
Comment by lemonelephant on November 30, 2019 at 4:06am

Patty, your recruit is on P-HOLD until Monday. P-1 was Wednesday and Thursday was P-HOLD. Friday may have been P-HOLD or P-2; I have been told both, so I am not sure.

Comment by Patty on November 28, 2019 at 4:22pm

How do the P-days work with the holidays. My son left for basic Tuesday and called Early Wednesday morning. Do they still process during Thanksgiving or do they hold the recruits and continue with P-days on Friday?

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on November 27, 2019 at 1:45pm

cattlegirl7 - his recruiter might have an address, the question is whether or not it is correct.  We always recommend you wait until you receive the official letter from your SR as it's possible they can be moved into a different division for various reasons in the first couple of weeks.  You should receive the official letter within 9-14 business days.  Hang in there!

Comment by cattlegirl7 on November 26, 2019 at 9:36pm
Y'all my son has been at boot for a week now. His recruiter says he has the address. Do I believe him?
Comment by Ty on November 26, 2019 at 9:32pm

My son left yesterday for RTC and I must admit it was a lot tougher than expected. I’m excited for this new chapter, I’m just not use to it, no matter how old he gets he will always be my baby boy. Praying for all 


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