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.



October Boot Camp Family


October Boot Camp Family

This group is for Moms and families with loved ones leaving for Boot Camp in October any year. It was started with a group leaving in Oct. 2009.

Members: 137
Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2019

Discussion Forum

Ship 06 Div 039

Started by Tulip. Last reply by Tulip Nov 22, 2015. 2 Replies

Momma with heavy heart

Started by Linda-Bubs momma. Last reply by Cameronsmom Oct 28, 2015. 4 Replies

Ship 14 (USS Arizona) Division 028

Started by RTCsmominnyc. Last reply by Cameronsmom Oct 25, 2015. 14 Replies

Ship 09 DIV 015

Started by Proud Florida Mom. Last reply by Proudmama Oct 12, 2015. 16 Replies

Ship 12 Division 41 anyone else??

Started by Qrtkneesmom. Last reply by Qrtkneesmom Oct 28, 2014. 3 Replies

My Daughter shipped today!!!

Started by Qrtkneesmom. Last reply by Mamaof6 Oct 17, 2014. 1 Reply

Ship 14 Div 039

Started by Joniana (Helen). Last reply by mynse2013 Nov 12, 2013. 7 Replies

Ship 13 Div 38

Started by Linda-Bubs momma. Last reply by wendy.from.oregon Oct 24, 2013. 3 Replies

My son left for boot camp Oct 16, 2013.. anyone else?

Started by Linda-Bubs momma. Last reply by wendy.from.oregon Oct 23, 2013. 13 Replies

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Comment by Tulip on October 19, 2015 at 9:54pm
Got our son's box today. He sent home most of the stamps we gave him and postage paid postcards, along with the expected items. Can't wait for the letter! Lighting our blue candle and praying around it each night.
Comment by Proudmama on October 15, 2015 at 2:15am
I went through that last week, mix emotions just like you. I miss my son everyday. Work keeps me occupied by there are times I just break down and cry at work, driving or just whenever. I received "the box" this week with his belongings and I lost it. I know how you feel, hang in there. Be strong, god is good!
Comment by Tulip on October 14, 2015 at 10:22pm
My son left for RTC today; just got the 10 second call. Managed to hold it together at MEPS and most of the day! Although I did have my "moments." he said we should have the box in a few days and the next call in 3 weeks. Now the next phase of waiting and prayers begins! Thanks for being here as a source of support.
Comment by Tulip on October 13, 2015 at 6:27pm
Just dropped our sailor recruit at the recruiter's. He sent a text to be at MEPS tomorrow at 9for the swearing in ceremony and then he leaves for RTC. Feeling a wide variety of emotions now: proud, worried, happy for him, and so much more.
Comment by deb2suns on June 3, 2015 at 7:35pm

My son is leaving for boot camp on Oct 1 2015. He has p/t with his recruiter twice a week,but I'm worried he's not taking getting himself ready for boot camp serious and is going to have a really hard time.

Comment by Qrtkneesmom on December 3, 2014 at 11:43am
My heart goes out to the family, friends and Division of the Recruit who died suddenly at GL after completing Battlestations on Nov 30th. The recruit was set to PIR this Friday 12.5.14.
Please light your blue candles in prayer if not already lit.
Comment by Nick's Mom on October 9, 2014 at 2:45pm

All of these comments are so encouraging. I'm on day 4 and I am such a mess, I have not been able to do anything this week, my mind is all over the place and I feel like no one understands this other than all of you. I thank God for this website and really feel for those moms who don't know about it. I read all the comments and find myself going thru these same emotions and it really helps me feel validated that I'm not the only one. I get excited for all of you for the little milestones while waiting for my own. This is great networking. Good luck to all of you and your sons and daughters. And I look forward to the coming weeks where I can get myself somewhat back together!

Comment by Elizabeth on October 31, 2013 at 10:35pm

Ship 14 Div. 040. He had his 18th birthday yesterday. I miss him a lot but I'm thankful I was able to send him a card even though it will arrive late. I look at his picture and start to tear up along with other random times. I just try to keep busy because when I'm idle to long and think of him I want to cry.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on October 23, 2013 at 6:34pm

Hi everyone - I just wanted to pop in and say Hi!  My son left for bootcamp exactly one year ago today!  WOW is all I can say.  Trust me the time will FLY by....I am happy to say my son is doing well - he is in nuke school in So. Carolina and we are anxiously awaiting his power school graduation on Dec. 13th.  Can't wait to see him!  We do miss him but he is doing what he wanted to do and we are so proud of him....

Stay NAVY MOM STRONG!  Hugs to all of you ;-}


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