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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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.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



Grannyofnine asked the following question on our comment wall.

My grandson will be going to "A" school soon. Can you all tell me what he will need? Will he bunk with only one sailor? I would appreciate any information you can give me.
I was looking through prior discussions and while there is another post regarding A school needs the thread has gotten long, and the information is several years old, with the last comment asking for updated information. So, I decided to start a new discussion.

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Thank you Nukelukesmom for the info. I love the pillow and sheets idea. I am going to have to join Amazon Prime since I think I will be sending lots of packages from now on.


Just a reminder your sailor's mail address is tied to his class, so he will receive a new mail address when he starts his next school as classes are assigned.

Thanks to everyone for their comments. Everyone has been so helpful on this site. Have a great day and weekend!

Best Buy gives a military discount and my sailor says Best Buy often has better deals than the NEX.


Mothers/wives of sailors who move on to prototype. Does the navy pay moving expenses?

The Navy will pay for spouses and dependents to move as long as your sailor's A-School/C-School is long enough, which the Nuke program most certainly is. They will either pay upfront or by reimbursement, depending on which moving option you use. Keep your receipts, regardless!! 

Does anyone have info on ASchool graduation (10/20/2017). We are elderly grandparents and helpful info as to time, location and physical distance ( very limited walking)
Sgtsixpack granparent

Some additional information for new moms - Be sure to read the other information in this discussion as well. Until your sailor "phases up", they will not be allowed to wear their civilian clothes outside of their BEQ (Bachelor Enlisted Quarters) {same for male and female, all named after ships}. Phasing up is a privilege they earn through inspection of I believe both their quarters and their dress uniforms ( which usually occur Friday morning) and then also passing PRT (Physical Readiness Test). They can be rather encumbered with a lot of extra items in their BEQ, so I would suggest waiting until they actually let you know what they need or want. Several of us have shipped from Amazon, other online stores or from home. If shipping from home, I would suggest you not pay extra just to get a pkg there early in the week. Depending on their schedule, they may not be able to get to the mailroom until Thur or Friday afternoon. Do be sure to take their favorite pair of running shoes to the airport as they will start PT and a weekly 5K run on Wed, the first week they are there.


here is a site that answers all questions for new recruits an boot camp 


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