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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 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 8/25/2022 - 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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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.

Members: 1344
Latest Activity: Aug 31

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Discussion Forum

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 JayDee659 on August 26, 2022 at 1:15pm

Hi Liz, welcome!

BC does seem to last forever!  But believe me, before you know it, the time will be gone.  Next week will make the 7th anniversary of the day we dropped our daughter off at MEPS, I look back and wonder where that time went.

When she was at BC I heard from her more often than I expected, same thing when she was deployed.

Something that helped me when she was at BC was that I started a letter to her on my computer.  Every time I thought of something, I'd time stamp the letter and add to it. Once a week I'd print ut and pop it in the mail. She told me that she read it by section, giving her something to look forward to each day.

Just reach out to us when you need to talk. Anna, Oleander and I are old hands at this! 

Comment by Chipmunk on August 26, 2022 at 9:00am

Sorry - I just got a notice that you had joined the BC Mom group!! Way to go. Now you can join the Nov PIR group as well. :-)  In that group, you may share your daughter's division #. 

Comment by Chipmunk on August 26, 2022 at 8:58am

Hi Liz, I left you a reply to your Thank You discussion and I also posted a comment on your profile page. You managed to join this group. So, if you go to the link that B'sNukeMom and I both provided for the BC Mom group, and you click the join button in the upper right corner of the group page, then it should automatically accept you. 

When you go back to your profile page, (click on My Page) in the blue banner above it will take you to your page. Scroll down and in the middle you should see icons of your different groups. You can click on the BC Mom group there or from the link we shared. 

As I say often, this site is much easier for me to navigate on my computer. If you are on a mobile device, be sure to put it into desktop mode. 

To add to another group for you to join -  PIR November 2022 is now set up. That one you will click on the yellow banner where it tells you to. You will have to wait for B'sNukeMom to approve you before you may post in that group. That one is a private group, and the posts are not visible to the public like here or in the BC Mom group. 

Comment by Liz on August 26, 2022 at 8:47am
Hi Chipmunk !
I'm not really sure how to navigate through the groups yet but I will try my best to share with everyone that has lived ones in BC at GL. I'm hoping that we will somehow meet at PIR in November. I'm also not sure if I am allowed to share her division. I hope they are all adjusting to what seems to me an unbearable 10 weeks !
Comment by Chipmunk on August 26, 2022 at 8:20am

Liz - I am glad that you joined this group. Be sure to come and say hello so the other members can get to know you. I actually joined this group, once my son got married and my DIL is a sailor as well. 

Comment by Liz on August 25, 2022 at 7:00pm
Thank you B'sNukeMoM⚓MMN !
Comment by Chipmunk on August 23, 2022 at 12:09pm

Good Morning - I just wanted to direct you all to a post on the general page - What are the rules - Navy For Moms (

You can see a link to Cathy's previous post on that page as well. Her son and DIL are both at GL in BC. The DIL has injured herself. She is asking for rules or advice about writing both of them now. I did not know if anyone had experience or thoughts along these lines that they could share with her. 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on August 12, 2022 at 3:49pm

Great article regarding Navy Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt:

1st Woman to command aircraft carrier recounts mission

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on July 19, 2022 at 10:53am

Nice article on the Blue Angels 1st Female Pilot:

Blue Angel's - 1st Female Pilot

Comment by Chipmunk on July 16, 2022 at 3:43pm

Sandy - I cannot get this to post onto your profile page. 

click on this link - First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition - Navy For Moms (  It will take you to BelovedbyHim's blog. She has updated it, but it is her reminder that Everything will be okay!!  

It is hard to let our children or grandchildren go. I don't know what your religious background is, and generally, I don't get so pointed and bold on here, but I want to share with you what my Mother in law told me when she sent my husband to Army basic training - almost 40 years ago now. She knew that she was starting to feel down and depressed at missing him and she had to tell herself that she was not the one that needed to feel sorry for herself, but that she needed to be thinking about her son and praying for him and the things that he was going through. If you are interested, we also have a ✟CHRISTIAN NAVY MOMS - Navy For Moms ( group, if that would be of interest to you. 

Fast forward about 8 years from my MIL having those feelings about my husband and I was now married to him with an 18 mo. old and had just had a miscarriage. He had to go do some summer training for ROTC and I was feeling just as down. Interestingly, my mother told me the same thing as my MIL had to tell herself. I had family around, I still had my life - nothing had changed much except for him being gone - and he was coming back in two weeks (I realize it is different for you.) but I had to change my perspective and start focusing my energy that I was spending on praying for my husband and taking care of things that I could do. 

There is a difference, I do not discount that. There is also a huge separation, some of the moms have shared that they feel like they are grieving as though they lost a child. (We just came back from the funeral of a young child - it is hard.) Have you been writing letters to your granddaughter? Do you have friends, someone you can ask to just go to lunch with? They may not understand but they can listen. 

See if you can find a Blue Star Mothers Group in your area. Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc  - One mom looked up her local VFW to see if there was any way she could help out and volunteer, or volunteer at a local VA hospital, at an airport USO for military traveling. Our local airport has a hospitality room that is hosted by the YMCA. 

Staying active and getting busy with something helps. My son left for BC 5 years ago - That year, I had lost my mother (already lost my father, and a childless aunt and uncle), lost that aunt's childless brother - so I dealt with most of the estate stuff, had one daughter get married before her brother left and had a 2nd daughter get married prior to his PIR in an outdoor wedding at a property we were maintaining, so had to do yard work. And I had 2 other children as well. I actually told my son, the summer is probably going faster for me than for him! But it kept me from dwelling on him being gone all the time. 

Work on putting together a Blue Candles - Navy For Moms ( display - the link will take you to a discussion on the BC Mom group where we share some examples. 

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