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

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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: 608
Latest Activity: Jul 20, 2023

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 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

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

Comment Wall


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

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on August 23, 2022 at 6:46pm


Check out the new Facebook post on the RTC page.  Recruits are now allowed to bring their own personal running shoes to boot camp but there are guidelines to follow:

Navy Recruit Training Command - FB

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on July 21, 2022 at 5:35pm

Please click on the link below as it has info for your recruit to prepare him/herself before leaving for boot camp.

Recruits - prepare yourself

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on February 6, 2022 at 8:35pm

Here is updated info on the Fitness Assessment that they must pass in boot camp. 

Navy fitness assessment

Comment by Macaroni2001 on December 15, 2021 at 5:26pm

Hello!  My son shipped out on November 16th, there were some flight issues so he was a day late.  This last month has been stressful.  All I got was 'the call.'  Today I finally got his graduation packet!!!!  So excited.  Graduation January 2022.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on November 8, 2021 at 2:50pm

HappyInTheValley - not much more to do at this point.  If he/she is vaccinated be sure to take his card.  It cannot be laminated.  Have addresses/phone numbers/bank info and a few dollars.  Other than that just enjoy these last few days - get lots of hugs, take pictures and just know that everything will be ok! 

Remind your SR to be in a good frame of mind mentally - the beginning few weeks can be tough as they break them down, but it will get better after that.  Boot camp is only temporary.  They can do this and so can you!

Comment by HappyInTheValley on November 6, 2021 at 6:36pm

My kiddo leaves for boot camp this week.  Trying really hard to enjoy our time together and take care of all the practical issues. I’ve read the post about things to do in the last month.  Any other suggestions from moms on what to do in the last few days besides trying not to compulsively cry every few minutes?

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on July 30, 2021 at 5:40pm

Hi Jrdsmama - the DEP groups aren't real active but that's ok.  I see you joined the boot camp group too.  The main thing while in DEP is for your son to get prepared - physically and mentally!  I have the physical fitness standards listed a couple of posts down.  Also his recruiter should be helping him with everything he needs to memorize - and I suggest he has it all memorized before he goes. It's really important that he can pass his run before he leaves too!  He's got enough time to do this but just remember, the time will fly by!  Also, use this time to make some fun memories.

Hang in there - and do come over to the boot camp group and read up on things there ;-D

Comment by Jrdsmama on July 30, 2021 at 4:14pm

Hello everyone!  Not sure how active this group is.  Just thought I’d check to see if anyone has an SR in DEP going to BC this November.  My son just swore in last week and goes to BC 11/9/21. So many emotions right now but just trying to enjoy every moment with him. Some days it feels like my heart is being ripped out with tweezers.  Nice to know I’m not alone in this journey.  Thank you to all the mom’s that have come before us newbies to show us the way.  I can’t tell you how much I have learned already that gives me some sense of what to expect and what not to expect.  Thinking of all of you daily!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on September 20, 2020 at 1:48pm

If you have a son or daughter that is leaving for boot camp soon please sit down with them and have a real good talk about what to expect.  Since Covid has hit things have really been all over the place - they get put in quarantine, they get out of quarantine, they get put back in quarantine.  A normal 8 week boot camp can drag on much longer and it can take a huge mental toll on them.  It's important that they understand THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY!  They need to be physically strong but more importantly they need to be MENTALLY STRONG!  Let them know that they probably won't even get a letter from home until they are at least HALF WAY through boot camp.  NO you haven't forgotten about them - it just takes that long for them to train someone in the mail room so they can get their mail.  The first couple of weeks they may question their decision to join - and that's normal!  But they need to be strong.  This is just the beginning of their Navy career and they need to learn to be FLEXIBLE.  Remind them they are STRONG and THEY CAN DO THIS.  Before they leave ask them HOW BAD DO YOU WANT THIS?

They've got this mom's and so do you!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on September 17, 2020 at 12:33pm

Welcome to all the new members - November is right around the corner!  How are you holding up?  Is your depper ready to go?  Do you have any questions?

**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 you are in the boot camp group.  There's lots of good info posted there and BelovedByHim has a good blog with info regarding quarantine.  


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