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.

Format Downloads:

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.



Does anyone have any current info on the Seamen PACT program?  My son just started bc and I am a bit worried for him.  I only see past info from 2015.


Views: 296

Replies to This Discussion

Good Morning!  Our son graduated 5/5/17.  He is S-Pact.  I was worried too....but, our Sailor loves it.  Not necessarily the work, but where he is and why he is.  Yes, he is scraping paint, washing decks, whatever they need to maintain the ship.  He will strike for new rate in 9 mos.  He is seeing the world!  Joined his ship in mid June and has visited 4 different countries!  At such a young age, he is amazed and awestruck.  Good luck to your Sailor...eyes and ears open, mouth shut!  Work hard and be likable.  There is nothing wrong with starting from the bottom and learning the ropes.  He has made great friends, that I know will last a lifetime.  God Bless our Sailors!


Any new news on your Sailor? Is he still

Advise your son to study right away. The sooner he has a rating the better, but also advise him he can have more than one rating. Few sailors know you can have more than one rating in the Navy.

Essentially, if a sailor has passed the rating course and any prerequisites courses, the Petty Officer Leadership course and the Petty Officer Leadership e*am, and the rating is an "Open" rating, and has enough time-in-service, that sailor may apply to take that rating's e*am.

Sorry, also, after PIR, we were able to spend Saturday and Sunday with him.  They do have a curfew.  He received his orders about a week prior to graduation.  Seems earlier than those with designations.  Totally got what he wished for on his "dream sheet".  Good Luck!

My son is currently in boot camp and he is going to be S-Pact when he gets done in a few weeks.  He's a little worried about it and isn't crazy that he will have to wait a year to strike for a rating but his dad and I have told him that if he has a good attitude and works hard that he will get noticed.  His recruiter has told him the same thing.  

Kristi, yes he is still positive.  We are able to communicate almost everyday when they are in port.  He has made so many good friends, and learning so much.  He loves where he is (homeport is Spain).  The hours are long, but the travelling is great.  The ship is his home, so not too comfy, but he really doesn't complain.  He admires his Chief very much and fellow shipmates.  He's only been 3 months on ship, but I am sure he will achieve what he wants.  Keep the faith!

My daughter is currently in boot camp (PIR 11/17/2017)
Been reading a lot of negative feedback on being undesgnated and feel a little bummed but it is what it is. How's the communication when they are on the ship? Is it by letter only or will they be able to email or call? Omg, I have so many questions. Am so worried.

My son got his wish list favorite for his first duty station and is pretty excited to be headed out to see the world. I've read all the negative posts and comments on a lot of sites, so of course I was a nervous wreck initially, but he seems okay with knowing that there will be a lot of hard work, and that some of it will be very tedious. He wasn't ready to choose when he signed his contract and since going to boot camp, he has become interested in learning more about a few rates that have caught his attention. 


© 2024   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service