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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OCS Graduate Moms


OCS Graduate Moms

For those who have graduated from Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI or who are currently attending there.

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Latest Activity: Oct 12

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Comment by J71792 on October 11, 2023 at 10:44pm
Anyone know what happens during Christmas at OCS?
Comment by Kim8 on September 15, 2023 at 7:46am

barbrag: Congrats on your son's selection to OCS! My son started OCS the 1st Sunday in Oct in 2020 & his class number was 05-2021. At the time though, my son had 2 weeks of quarantine before actually starting so his actual OCS start date was prob the 3rd Sun in Oct. The class number refers to when they graduate, not when they start so that might help you figure it out if you don't have success with the recruiter or your son doesn't want to ask the recruiter like my son. :)  

I totally agree with M's mom in finding the FB group for family & friends of your son's class. I didn't find an 05-2024 FB group but I did find 01, 02, & 03-2024. The only 1 that is for fam/friends is the 01 group. You could request to join the 01 class & get a good idea of what's ahead for your son. Sometimes, the private group for the candidates turns into the family & friends group once OCS starts so you can watch the 02 & 03 groups to see if the name changes. Other times, it's a separate group. I started the fam/friends group for the 05-2021 class even though I didn't know much about OCS & it was a great source of info. My son did end up rolling & I was able to pass the admin of the 05 class group to someone else. Best wishes.

Comment by M's mom on September 13, 2023 at 9:07pm

barbrag:   Congratulations to you & your son on his upcoming OCS journey!  My son went through OCS way back in 2012, so I can't tell you specifically how things are done now.  

If you do Facebook, there is usually a Facebook group set up for families close to the time each class starts.  Search for "Navy OCS Class XX-XX Families and Friends" or similar wording, where XX-XX is his class number.  Since the Navy's 2024 fiscal year starts October 1, his class number MIGHT be 01-24 or 02-24.  His recruiter should be able to give him his class number.

These Facebook groups are usually closed groups that you have to ask to join.  We found our OCS Facebook group a wealth of information, and could share knowledge with other families whose loved ones were there at the same time.  It is also very helpful to ask to join the groups of one or two PRECEDING classes to your son's, so you can see what is happening with those classes before your son's class gets to that point, so you can ask them questions about graduation day, etc.  "Naval Training Command Newport" also used to have a Facebook page about OCS in general.  I think the individual classes' Facebook groups are set up by the families, though.

Comment by Sherryg on September 13, 2023 at 12:53pm

My son graduated from OCS in March 2023.  If your son is shipping in October, one thing to check is the holiday break.  My son's class was the first to have one since COVID.  They had two weeks of leave and could choose which to spend at home and which to spend on base.  Graduation in March was lovely but simple - no HiMom or pre-ceremony festivities.

Comment by barbrag on September 13, 2023 at 12:31am

Although I have already found some amazing information scrolling back through posts, there doesn’t seem to be any recent posts. Any moms out there with son or daughter starting OCS this fall? My son is shipping out in October and I would love to get some up to date info or chat with moms currently preparing or with someone going through OCS at the moment (or recently). Thanks! 

Comment by HazelTeddy on November 28, 2022 at 8:02pm

Our limit was 6, but the class before us was 4.  Originally they were only going to allow 3 and it changed at the last minute.  My son said it depends on class size and covid conditions.

I suggest allowing plenty of time to get processed at the gate.  It can take awhile

Comment by Cathy on November 28, 2022 at 7:58pm
Hazel Teddy how many people could you bring to graduation?
Comment by Cathy on November 28, 2022 at 7:57pm
Hazel Teddy my son is NFO. He’ll be in Pensacola sometime after graduation in March 2023
Comment by Andy'sMom on November 28, 2022 at 7:56pm


Usually not at the OSC phase unless someone would want to start it and administer it...which would be a lit of work! After my DS commissioned, a mom in a class above him started a page for his designation. This site has valuable information for OSC and Officers. My DS is an Aviator and there is a great page for that here as well. I'm sure there are pages for officers in other designations. Good luck to you and your son.

Comment by HazelTeddy on November 28, 2022 at 7:40pm

Welcome to the group Cathy!  

My son graduated OCS on September 16, 2022.  He'll be heading to Charleston (Goose Creek) for nuclear school.  I don't know of a FB group for Officer Families.  It would be great if there was one.  

If your son Subs or SWO?


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