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.

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How to prepare for deployment!


How to prepare for deployment!

A group to prepare for deployment of our loved ones.

Group Admin:  Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

Members: 100
Latest Activity: Jan 8, 2022

Get ready for deployment!

Use this group to help prepare your Sailor and yourself too.  Learn what we can do to help them, and encourage each other through this time of change and transition! 

Discussion Forum

Deployment Readiness resources from CNIC

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jan 13, 2017. 0 Replies

"Single Sailor Deployment Readiness Checklist"

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jan 20, 2014. 0 Replies

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Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on November 25, 2008 at 9:21pm
Hi moms, just stopped by to see how you are doing. I know it's even harder when the holidays are looming.
Comment by Karen (KC's mom) on November 25, 2008 at 8:12pm
Wishing you all & yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment by Karen (KC's mom) on November 22, 2008 at 3:44am
ooops...sorry diane :)
hmm, or was that comment meant for Mary also since she is here too? :)

my son will be celebrating his 21st birthday while away. that would be his second birthday away from home since he left for boot camp. :(
Comment by diane {Shawns mom} on November 21, 2008 at 4:55pm
OK...a friend of mine has been holding out on me..
I just found this group..
I will take support where ever I can get it
My son left mid Oct. on the USS Rodney M. Davis and will return in mid 09...
it has left a hole in my heart..each day I find more and more support. I just found that you need to open up to people and they are really responsive. My N4M friends have and are the BEST of the BEST...
When he comes home..or suppose to be home {by}..he my son and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child and the first grandbaby for me...
The ship, The Rodney M. davis has a nickname..."The homewrecker" oh Lord..that what some of its sailors call it....cause it goes out SO much.
I don't know about that..but time will tell.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on November 21, 2008 at 1:23pm
Kathryn, what we have always shared as families will certainly be impacted going forward based on their orders or deployments, etc. It can be hard to get used to and even harder to plan special events as the Navy needs will always come before ours. I was a Navy wife for 10 years and learned that what is important to not the same to the Navy!! It just makes their time at home all that more special. Glad that you have joined us.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on November 20, 2008 at 10:24am
I think this is a great group, do you remember when we thought boot camp was hard? Or perhaps a very long school? And really it's all about the fleet sailor, when will you hear from them? When will you see them again?

I was a Navy wife for 10 years so I know it's hard especially with the holidays approaching. Our son is getting ready to head to C school soon so it will still be a while before he heads to his first ship but just wanted to say I understand and I hope the support that you find here and on this site makes your days just a little bit easier.
Comment by Karen (KC's mom) on November 17, 2008 at 2:47pm
HI Neese & Kim,
Glad to be here!
My son KC is an Engineman/Fireman, a Snipe, on the USS Rodney M. Davis.
They recently left on deployment and will not arrive back til next spring/summer.
Being a first deployment for him I know it's tough and for me I know it's more emotionally tough.. :( I know, one day at a each day passes it's one day closer to the day they arrive back. :)

Even though my letters/notes are more ramblings nothing of real importance I try writing about three times a week and I'm working on his next package. It is fun getting a package ready to go. But it's the waiting that might get frustrating at least I know for some whether or not their loved ones received their packages.
Oh yeah, great ideas on the packages Neese, thanks.

My hubby is an ex-Marine, his SIL was Navy but now a Marine and is stationed in NC at this time. We've taken a couple of tours of my son's ship and my husband says he would love to be working down in the belly of that ship. He truly would if that were possible.

Well Ladies, thanks for the warm Welcome and you both have a Blessed Day!

Oh, and I'll fwd that info to ya Neese a little later.

Blessings, Karen
Comment by Karen (KC's mom) on November 16, 2008 at 10:54pm
Hello, my son left on his first deployment last month. It's been pretty tough especially getting through the first several weeks. I was happy to hear that the ship just recieved it's first batch of mail the other day when they stopped to fuel. My son received most of the letters I had written and my pkg to him and to top all that off operation gratitude sent care packages to all the sailors aboard the ship. It was like Christmas for all of them!

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