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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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:

Latest Activity

B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to Bern's discussion 'Nuke mom' in the group NUKE moms
8 hours ago

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.



Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NY


Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NY

Wanted to start a group for moms, dads, and other family members that have Nukes currently attending Prototype in Ballston Spa, NY.

Members: 171
Latest Activity: Jan 9, 2019

Thought I would start a group for the families of sailors stationed in NY for Prototype. It will be nice to chat about what is going on with our sailors whether it is good or bad so that we can support each other. I have connected with many people on this site but it is always nice to meet others that are going through the same things together. Also if you have had a sailor in NY for an extended amount of time then you can help the new ones just coming in on what to expect.

Discussion Forum

Apartments in Ballston Spa

Started by WATTCO1957 Ship 12 Div 083. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Oct 30, 2018. 19 Replies

April Graduation

Started by Koko. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Feb 7, 2018. 2 Replies

A Sailors Perspective of Prototype from 2009

Started by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN. Last reply by DianePat May 6, 2016. 1 Reply

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NY to add comments!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on January 29, 2018 at 2:08pm

Good Morning and Welcome! 

As usual it's kind of quiet here.  I see we've had 2 new members join this year - AZNukeGma and Duchess.  If you look at the discussion forum above (hit "view all") you may find answers to some questions you might have.  Otherwise feel free to ask here (I try to check periodically and my son was here for Proto and we visited the area a couple of times) or ask over in the nuke moms group which is more active.  Either way we'll try to help!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on October 12, 2017 at 11:17am

How's everybody doing in Ballston Spa?

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 19, 2017 at 1:54pm

Whendy - please join our nuke mom's group - it's much more active than this page:

sailormom - remember for proto it's definitely a lot of hurry up & wait!  My son's original graduation date was changed prepared to be flexible!

Comment by sailormom on June 19, 2017 at 1:20pm

Just stopping by to say hello!  My son graduated Power School on May 26th and he is currently at BS.  I think he is still in grad hold but has gotten an apartment with 3 other buddies and seems pretty happy.  A School and Power School were very grueling for him but he made it!! Thanks to some great Navy staff in Charleston an absolutely awesome SLPO and supportive classmates. I hope this final leg of the pipeline is successful.  I definitely understand nothing is a given :)

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 19, 2017 at 11:15am

Hi Whendy - Our son's graduation was at the Milton Community Center - it was a small affair but we went since it was the final graduation!  It was in January and it was cold but we had a great time (it was our 2nd visit to BS).  They let us take lots of pictures and afterwards they do the re-enlistment ceremony.....Our son also got 30 days leave after and was able to come home to (CA) before he had to report to VA.  Like MichianaMom said, Saratoga Springs is a fun place to explore - if you can make it, I say go! 

Comment by MichianaMom on June 19, 2017 at 9:16am

Whendy: Graduation at BS is pretty low key. It's usually held at a VFW or a place like that. That being said, everyone says "it's for the parents", which it is. It's a great opportunity to take lots of pictures. Like all of the Nuke graduations, if you can go, I suggest it. It was a no-brainer for us, as our son was picked up for staff, so he started training the Monday after graduation and did not get to come home on leave. Most Sailors that are moving on get leave before they have to report to their next duty station. We ended up having a fantastic weekend with our Sailor; Saratoga Springs is a great place to explore, and we got to meet some of his buddies. Hope that helps!

Comment by Whendy on June 18, 2017 at 9:30pm
I am a new member. Our son is just beginning in BS after Charleston. What is graduation like? Should we plan to attend?
Comment by SoCal_Sailor_Dad on May 22, 2017 at 9:52pm

dots, my son was there for 11 months and loved it. Lots of outdoor things to do - hiking, biking, skiing, 4-wheeling, etc.

Yeah, don't make early plans for graduation - his schedule was moved up and back so many times I lost count. When the reactors are down, there is a simulator that they can use for some of the training, and when they are up, they push through as many as they can.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on May 22, 2017 at 5:07pm

dots - my son spent 13 months in Ballston Spa - one delay after another!  One thing for sure, nothing is definite with prototype!  You might find some others who have sailors in BS on the nuke moms page.

Comment by dots on May 22, 2017 at 4:48pm
That's ok my son is bored ,because only one reactor is working and everyone there is studying for their own re qualification it is tough to get work checked off. They may delay them in the pipeline until regulators come in and get it running again .just wondering if anyone else had heard anything

Members (170)


© 2021   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service