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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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DEP - Leavin' for bootcamp in October


DEP - Leavin' for bootcamp in October

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for Boot Camp in October. I will leave the year open so that any future DEPpers leaving in the month of October of any year can join.Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions!

Members: 490
Latest Activity: Jul 21

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

If you have October 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 October, ...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...

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

BC began OCT 9

Started by potterycat. Last reply by potterycat Oct 15, 2019. 5 Replies

Hi, Anyone else have a son or daughter begin BC October 9th?  I'm going nuts not talking to my girl.  I am writing her everyday.  I just got her address so I'm thinking about sending the letters so…Continue

OUR questions

Started by Cheryl. Last reply by ellen0502 Nov 16, 2018. 15 Replies

My daughter's boyfriend and I will be staying at a nearby hotel. They offer a free shuttle service to the graduation. Does the shuttle actually go all the way to graduation site? Also anyone know how…Continue

My son left October 1st

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Cindy Nov 9, 2018. 2 Replies

My youngsters son October 1st. Its really quite around the house. I miss him so.

My son left Oct. 16th

Started by Hollie. Last reply by Tammy⚓️Girl Nov 2, 2018. 6 Replies

Anyone else have someone who left same day??

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Comment by KLMkathy on August 17, 2010 at 9:54pm
Hi BraintreeMom, Your son will be the first group leaving in October. One might say he leads the way. It is nice to hear from you. The closer October gets I find myself getting pretty stressed out. I am both excited and scared. Sometimes I try to forget he is leaving and then other times I can't wait for his navy life to begin. I am just glad there are other moms here that have the same feelings that I do. Somehow it makes it easier. How is your son doing? B is gradually but surely learning everything and hopefully will be prepared when he goes to BC. Have a nice evening.
Comment by dillndrewsmom on August 17, 2010 at 7:31pm
Hi Guys !! I have a son leaving for BC October 4TH... so many mixed emotions !!!
Comment by Betsy, mom of Stennis sailor on August 11, 2010 at 1:56pm
Oops, sorry I meant forum address. :)
Comment by Betsy, mom of Stennis sailor on August 11, 2010 at 1:19pm

Thank you for the form address. I did register for the site, but I seem to be having trouble with it. Did you have any trouble? When I tried to update my profile page and post a thread, it gave me a message saying there was a security token missing. No clue what that means. ???? I messaged the administrator about it, about 90 minutes ago, and I haven't heard anything yet. It does seem as though the forum is a little bit old, so that may be why. There doesn't seem to be very recent chat activity, though. :(

Maybe we can all join and revive it. :)

I did want to add, though, that I was browsing over some of the threads and a lot of them are have extremely helpful information. There does seem to be a lot of great information on it.

Comment by KLMkathy on August 11, 2010 at 1:29am
Betsy, there was a discussion in the forum by Judy. I change the forum to discussions instead of categories first. Then look for graduation something or other and look for Judy's name as the one who started it. She started it in Jan 2010 after her child's PIR but answered my comment just recently. You could also go to "my page" and look for the comments I made or she made. It should be there. I hope you understand what I wrote. lol. It sounds really disorganized. Kathy
Comment by Betsy, mom of Stennis sailor on August 10, 2010 at 2:11pm
How can we get in touch with Judy?

Comment by KLMkathy on August 9, 2010 at 7:24pm
Hi Betsy, Yes, we are neighbors. lol. I also like Southwest Airlines. My sister and I go to Las Vegas every year and use it. Never any problems. I wanted to mention to everyone here, there is a very nice mom named Judy, that has a forum discussion. She is one of the last December alumni and can answer many of our questions. My son yesterday said the time is really going fast now and I agree. Have a good night. Kathy
Comment by Betsy, mom of Stennis sailor on August 8, 2010 at 1:30pm
Kathy, did I know you were in TX? We are neighbors! lol We do fly SW all the time, since my dh is in MD working. We have changed dates on flights before, I don't know about them refunding money though. We have always just kept the credit and used it later.
I am also worried about the weather in December since we would be going north from here as well. My dh lived in Chicago when we met and we dated back and forth from there to Baltimore, so I do know that the winters there can be pretty bad. I am going to try and convince my dh to fly as well. If we use Priceline, I know that renting a car won't be too much money. Although I can't wait for the excitement of their graduation, I know that it will be bittersweet. My little boy will really be a man then. :)

Comment by KLMkathy on August 8, 2010 at 11:40am
You are welcome, Betsy. We can book flights when we know their division and ship numbers and when their PIR is, about a week or two after they leave for BC. I also worry about availability and price of the airline tickets. Flying around the holidays can be expensive and crowded, not to mention delays. I have heard Southwest Airlines is really good about changing dates and refunding. I would check with them in advance before buying tickets though just to be sure. Being from south TX it would be difficult to drive, especially in the winter. I hate to fly but I would never miss my son's graduation into the navy. You know, not hail or high water. lol. Kathy
Comment by Betsy, mom of Stennis sailor on August 7, 2010 at 2:51pm
Thanks for all the info. I just wonder when we should start booking flights or making plans to get to Great Lakes. I guess we really can't do anything until they are already there. I just worry because it will be so close to the holidays and flights might be scarce and/or expensive. My husband wants to drive, but we live in NM and I'm not keen on that idea.

Good luck to your son with memorizing the General Orders of Sentry. My son just started reading those. He isn't very far in his academics. I think so far, he only knows the Chain of Command and the alphabet. But, at least he has finally started them.


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