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.

Format Downloads:

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.)

N4M Merchandise

Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress. Para Familias

Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



Hello all!

I don't see anyone yet for 2013. I just joined the site, my son signed for DEP last week. He has been to MEPS, and has a BC date of October 29th, 2013. I'm having a hard time with the fact that he will miss Thanksgiving, his 18th birthday, and Christmas while at BC. He just made this decision in the last 3 weeks, so it has been quite a whirlwind month.

Looking forward to meeting other Moms who have kids leaving!


Views: 547

Replies to This Discussion

momm2five, BC is 7 to 10 weeks year round with 8 1/2 weeks being average. Those shipping around the holidays often get a longer time at the RTC rather than a shorter time. Since your future Sailor ships on a Monday PIR is most likely 12/27/2013, but could also be 12/20/2013 if he winds up in a Push Division from the previous week's TG. See Arrival and What Happensat the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) for more on that. Start checking out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for..., to prepare for your future Sailor to ship.

Thank you! This is all a lot to take in. With four other kids, one planning a wedding, it's going to be a crazy fall!

This site is incredible, though. I love being informed about where to stay and how to do the littlest things for PIR and BC!

Thank you!

You are very welcome.

Well, we are no longer the 28th! He has been moved up to the 3rd . . .

My son leaves 10/3. We are in Chicago....

He is 20 and headed to Goose Creek after BC.

I see you have joined NUKE moms; you may also want to check out Nuke School Charleston and Nuke A School FAQ. The Rating Information Card for NF can be found at Your (then) Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

Thanks for the tip!! 

You are welcome.

They will be together! Great that you are so close for PIR. We'll be driving (we live in the Thumb in Michigan). I can't believe I am down to four weeks . . . a month from tomorrow. 

My son will stay in GL for A school. Pretty happy about that.

What will your future Sailor's rating (job/specialty) be?

He will be Gunner's Mate.

Join GM Mom's. You will also want to join Great Lakes A School Q&A and GL A-school moms. You can also check out the Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes Facebook Page. The Rating Information Card for GM can be found at You will be able to enjoy extra time with your Sailor following PIR. (See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend.)


© 2024   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service