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 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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.




Idaho Moms

Welcome to the Idaho Mom's Group! We are so glad you joined us. Please pop in and say hello after joining as we would love to get to know you better. We have a diverse group from "newbies" to "seasoned" ladies.

Location: Boise, Idaho
Members: 36
Latest Activity: Sep 30, 2018

Discussion Forum

Nuke A School FAQ

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Comment by navymom on August 14, 2012 at 6:30pm

My daughter is in the DEP, and will not ship out until June, 2013. I am so proud of her, and nervous as well. I was delighted to see a group to help support mothers in the Boise area!

Comment by Jane (Kay's mom) on July 4, 2012 at 2:55am

Welcome to all of the newcomers to the list. Happy July 4th to all. Kay was supposed to get home tonight to begin her summer leave block from the Academy. Because of weather and late incoming planes, she missed her connecting flight in Chicago. The airline will not put her up overnight so she went to the USO. Last I heard she will stay there tonight. She is supposed to reach Boise by 1630 on the 4th. This was to be her first 4th of July to be home in the past 7 years. At least she'll be home for part of the holiday! Hope this finds everyone well and happy.

Comment by snowmc on July 2, 2012 at 8:56pm

Rosewomn...please send me a private message...all four of my kids have graduated from Capital.  Did your son play football?  My youngest graduated in 2011.  She has been attending BSU.  My youngest son has coached at Capital (football) the last 2 years and just graduated from BSU

Comment by rosewomn on July 2, 2012 at 7:42pm

Thank you snowmc & BSU-SRmom-901.  Yes I am in Boise my son graduated this year from Capital, he was the last of my three and my only boy and of course he was a momma's boy so this seperation has been hard for me. I am extremely proud of him and excited for him, he will be going to Pensacola to train as an avionic technician after BC. He has already seen more of this nation than I have in my whole life and I am excited to enjoy the adventure with him as he goes forward.

I didn't think about it being my first as a Navy mom, but WOW your right it is. That kinda makes you feel a little more proud and with me mushy too I guess. Thanks for the insight.

Comment by snowmc on July 2, 2012 at 9:19am

Welcome to the Navy family Rosewomn.  My son is a Lt. JG and a flight officer on the E6B Mercury.  Your son is in good hands...he will learn and grow a lot in the next few weeks.  Are you from Boise?  Where did your son go to school?  This 4th of July will be very special for will be your 1st as a Navy mom!

Comment by rosewomn on July 2, 2012 at 1:01am

Hello, my son just left Boise on 6/21 for BC. I know there were 6 other boys who left the same day. I was excited to see a group for moms from Idaho. Hope to get to know some of you.

Comment by tdbridges on June 10, 2012 at 12:02pm

Thank you for the great words of advice, Jane.  I have been really trying to just write regular, everyday things in my son's letters.  He has been really honest about what he is going through in his letters home and I follow his line of thoughts with positive comments but not too much because I truly don't know what he is going through.  I look at the calendar and can't believe we will be packing for PIR in 2 weeks.  The time that was crawling at first is now flying.  What an amazing journey for our "kids" but for us as parents as well.  I know I've had to "grow up" a little through all of this too.  Boy is it hard :-)  I hope all Idaho Moms are doing well and looking forward to a fun summer!!!

Comment by Jane (Kay's mom) on May 11, 2012 at 9:19pm

Hi everyone...seems like only yesterday I found this site.  I believe Kay had already been in the Navy for 2 years by then.  After 5 years enlisted she has now finished her 2nd year at the Academy.  Only two more years then she's an officer.  Hard to believe.  When I sit down and think of it she has been in 7 years already.  To those with sailors joining recently, some advice:  be there for them, listen to them when they need to talk and don't be offended when they don't want to talk.  Respect that.  Don't try to tell them what to do or how to do something.  They need to learn to problem solve themselves.  One thing that always worked for me is when Kay had a problem/issue I would ask her if she would like advice.  Many times she would say, "no, I just want someone to listen".  So you do.  I'm sure I'm not saying things y'all don't already know but sometimes we forget.  We see our kids hurting and we want to fix it for them....but sometimes we can't.

So, when are we all getting together???  Its been a while.  Hope all of you are well.

Comment by tdbridges on May 11, 2012 at 10:12am

Thank you Kim:  I live around Idaho Falls and I love the blank letter idea.  He isn't much of a writer anyway so having something simple will  be so much easier for him.  He just arrived at BC last week so has a long way to go yet.  I haven't received my form letter yet but I cross my fingers everyday that this will be the one.  We are looking forward to PIR and all that comes after.  He is excited and so am I about his future; just a worried mom hoping he isn't too homesick and miserable right now:)

Comment by tdbridges on May 9, 2012 at 10:54am

Hello, I am a newbie mom to all of this.  My son left for BC last week so I am going through all the new emotions.  I would love advice and just friendly conversation about how to do the Navy Mom stuff.  This website has been so great as I am going through the process.  I am hoping for The Letter this week so I can start planning our trip to GL. 


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