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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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Moms of Daughters 2


Moms of Daughters 2

A place to come to for support, guidance, to ask questions and share stories. We are all proud of our Navy Daughters.

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Care packages for new graduates (a school)

Started by Cali's mama. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Mar 19, 2021. 3 Replies

Looking for current information for my daughter on what's allowed for care packages..idk if it matters that she is in the great lakes location or not..ship 7 div 136...lonely mom with confused tears lol

Bootcamp arrival Sept 8, 2020??

Started by Stephanie0725. Last reply by Shoosh Oct 5, 2020. 4 Replies

Hello! Got the call that my daughter made it to bootcamp quarantine last night 09/08/2020.  Looking for other moms out there on the same timeline. Sadie is my baby, only daughter, and only child in the military.  I think I am going to need lots of…Continue

PIR DATE: December 13, 2019

Started by Donita. Last reply by Donita Nov 5, 2019. 5 Replies

Anyone else’s recruit have a PIR date ofDecember 13, 2019?Continue

Arrived at boot camp October 2nd

Started by Donita. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Nov 5, 2019. 26 Replies

Hey everyone- my daughter left for boot camp October 2nd. I missed a call from her last Friday telling me that her graduation is December 13th. I feel like the worst mom in the world for missing her call. Really didn’t expect her to call so soon but…Continue

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Comment by Oleander on August 22, 2020 at 4:40pm

Ouch Momof3!!!! :You made my heart hurt! I thought deployment was difficult, can't imagine not being able to see my girl for 1 1/2 years! Sending you and your girl a big navy mom hug! What's she doing in Spain?

So far I've learned to always hope for the best, expect plans to change, always be ready to punt and celebrate bdays and holidays whenever we can get together. One year we had Thanksgiving with her in March! However - when the best happens it's truly The Best!

Comment by Momof3 on August 22, 2020 at 12:59pm

I know that it feels so difficult and sometimes unbearable when they leave for BC but since we are on the other side of that just know that it is going to go by so fast.. Remember this is their journey and new adventure.. We thought that the worst was over but now our daughter has been stuck in Spain and is unable to take any leave so it will be probably    a year and a half by the times  we get to see her again.. We saw her for a couple weeks last November but now they are making everyone stay in place.. it is soooo hard!! We miss her so much and we never thought it would ever be this long in between visits. We do talk on the phone/snapchat everyday which is great but its not the same.. Just don't have any expectations... they belong to the Navy now.  My daughter reminds me of that all the time.. She loves her job which makes it easier..Hang in there!!  She too is our Oldest and I have 2 boys but she is the only one who wants to serve..we didn't expect it at all when she told us.. She left for BC at 19. 

Comment by Oleander on August 22, 2020 at 10:08am

Morning ladies!

Hi VillageMum, so happy you're here to share, vent and be part of this navymom journey with us! To you and Shoosh - honestly JayDee is 100% right, all this will go by in a blink! My heart ached when my daughter left for bc -and like you Shoosh, she's my baby. We weren't a military family so I was completely out of my element, thank God for the wonderful women here, I'm sure they're the reason I made it through without going totally bonkers. Every experience for each of us is different, but we have this amazing common thread that binds us all, we're SeaSisters. Coming here and sharing helps everyone! 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I'm trying to figure out if I'll enjoy our cool bubbling swim spa or hide from the "Excessive Heat Warning" -- oh how I wish it was sweater weather lol

Comment by VillageMum on August 21, 2020 at 11:12pm

JayDee659 thank you - I keep telling my daughter the same thing.  It's really such a short time and then she can get on and do what it is she has been wanting to do for years. :)

Shoosh - yep!  I was great with her joining, traveling, learning, moving on and enjoying life doing what it is she wants to do.  Until I realized it means her actually leaving home LOL.  We'll be making the most of this weekend with her.  Getting the last of what she needs for ROM & RTC, packing a bag for A-School and just having fun together.

Comment by JayDee659 on August 21, 2020 at 10:21am

Shoosh and VillageMum, it doesn't seem like it now, but you'll look back at BC and think "that wasn't so bad".  It's amazing how quickly it can pass.  You raised incredible daughters who want to serve their country.  That right there makes you awesome moms!  You'll find that being a military mom, which sometimes hard, has the best rewards, not the least of which is the instant bond with other military moms.  I met some of my best friends right here on this site.  

Comment by Shoosh on August 21, 2020 at 7:24am

VillageMum so you're feeling all the things I am!! It's so hard, I'm happy, excited for her to spread her wings and have some adventures, but I am going to miss her like crazy. I just keep telling myself, 8-10 weeks. And then we will be able to talk on a regular basis (I hope) :)  

Really just so thankful for this website!! We are not alone! And neither are our girls.

Comment by Shoosh on August 21, 2020 at 7:19am

Oleander thanks for your reply and support! Trying to stay present and enjoy each moment. It is tough to let go, she is my baby. I made it through Marine boot camp with my son 10 years ago, honestly this should be a piece of cake!!

119, that is HOT!! You can feel the seasons changing here on the east coast, this week has been beautiful warm days and cool nights. Sad to see summer end. I love fall, but hate what comes after that!!

Comment by VillageMum on August 20, 2020 at 11:45pm

Shoosh - my daughter also ships on 26th!  She leaves here on 25th but ships from MEPS 26th.  This is my eldest and my first to leave.

Comment by Oleander on August 20, 2020 at 12:31pm

Hi Shoosh, welcome! JayDee always has great advice : )

Yup, this is emotional and it comes in many forms, multiple stages and sometimes you get ambushed when you least expect it. Hang on, it's a ride but you'll come through just fine. And your daughter will come through with flying colors! Keep us posted during her journey.

Speaking of emotional, our sailor is now off her ship after 5 years and will travel in a few days to FL for training, then her next command will be back east. So far away!!!! ..but thank God she's state-side. We just got back from San Diego where we helped her organize her whole life into piles for the movers, said goodbye to her friends. It was a great 4 days but I will admit I cried practically the entire drive back across the desert to LV. Sigh -- we mother's are always having to let go aren't we? Tough job.

Hi everyone : )  Hope you're all well and safe. Still hot as H.E.double Hockey Sticks here - my car registered 119 as we pulled into town. 

Comment by Shoosh on August 20, 2020 at 10:49am

JayDee659 thanks for the reply! we had her 7 day meeting with the recruiter and I asked. Reply "grannie panties and tightey whiteys for everyone" lol

Her rate is OS. I'm starting to get super emotional. I just assumed I would be able to see her between boot camp and A school. Nope. One should never assume. I know we will both be fine, but boy this is hard. And she's not even gone yet!!


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