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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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 September


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in September

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

Members: 602
Latest Activity: Sep 3, 2022

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

If you have September 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 September, ...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

Left for MEPS 9/2/2020

Started by Patrice. Last reply by Patrice Oct 5, 2020. 2 Replies

Left for Bootcamp Sept 24, 2019

Started by NavyWife-E. Last reply by NavyWife-E Oct 11, 2019. 7 Replies

Left for MEPS 09/13/18

Started by Gaby. Last reply by astc Sep 22, 2019. 3 Replies

Son leaving 9/17/2019

Started by Dawn1231. Last reply by HaveFAITH Sep 20, 2019. 13 Replies

My son leaves 9/12/19 Anyone else

Started by SonOnSubMom76. Last reply by Olive Oyl Sep 13, 2019. 16 Replies

Daughter leaving 9/24/18.

Started by RaksAndRoll. Last reply by Bex_Kiss Oct 11, 2018. 3 Replies

Change of Plans!

Started by Lizbeth. Last reply by MichelleMamamiciru Oct 1, 2018. 1 Reply

Son just sworn in on 9/27 heade to RTC.

Started by Jennifer. Last reply by Cindy3boyz Sep 30, 2018. 2 Replies

Son leaves for BC 9/10/18 Anyone else?

Started by jcmom. Last reply by lemonelephant Sep 21, 2018. 25 Replies

Son leaves 9/17/2018

Started by Smoothsailing. Last reply by Chitown Sep 18, 2018. 14 Replies

Comment Wall


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

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on August 23, 2022 at 6:45pm


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 5:36pm

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 8:34pm

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

Navy fitness assessment

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on August 23, 2021 at 7:16pm

Welcome Blumum - be sure to look at my post a couple of items down.  It talks about being prepared for the PFA.  Hopefully your sons recruiter has been working with him on everything!  It's important that he is as prepared as possible before he leaves - have his run time down, swim, as much memorized as possible.  Don't wait to figure it all out when he gets there.  Depending on his vaccination status will also dictate the amount of time he is at boot camp.  The boot camp group is a good place to get lots of info - come on over there and say hi and ask any questions you may have!

Comment by NewMilmom on September 28, 2020 at 11:34am

Youngest child (only son) left 9/23/2020 to go to ROM for BC.  Have NO idea of military life/training happy to find a place for information. 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on September 20, 2020 at 1:46pm

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 Jen(OS Mom) on September 3, 2020 at 5:25pm
My son Seth signed up for OS rate in the delayed entry program and just shipped out to the Great Lakes 2 days ago. I am one proud mama! Looking forward to connecting with other Navy moms for support.
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on June 3, 2020 at 11:57am

Welcome to all the new members - September 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."

Comment by Oceanbreeze23 on September 28, 2019 at 4:02am

My son arrived to BC 9/25/19. He left from Cali and was beyond excited. I am looking forward to this journey and the new title of military mom. God bless us all!

Comment by DaddysGirl on September 26, 2019 at 4:58pm

My daughter arrived at BC on 9/17.  I know what you mean about adjusting to the quiet!


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