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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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

Comment Wall


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Comment by ProudNavyMom on October 16, 2013 at 2:44pm

My daughter left yesterday 10-15-13 finally received the phone call at 0115 this morning, I can't stop crying not sure if its because I miss her so much or because now I have to clean up her room from trying to pack in a hurry. She packed for the hotel, than packed stuff to bring to PIR and than A school packed. How do you get over not knowing where or how they are?

Comment by jenb on October 15, 2013 at 7:50pm

Watched the bus leave and my heart sank... waiting on the "im here" call....

Comment by Deontes MOM on October 12, 2013 at 9:27am
It's 7am and I just recived a call from my son . Oh it was so good to hear his voice. I could not stop talking and crying at the same time, he sounded a little tired but he said he is doing well. I haven't recived my letter yet , but he told me that his PIR will be on the 27th. Whooo hoooo. Time to start making reservations.
Comment by Tina on October 10, 2013 at 5:50pm

Thanks to all the mom's I've met on here, and that have helped me get through the past week....I am going to leave this group now, as I have my letter now, and I don't think I can keep track of all the groups I'm in anymore.....GOOD LUCK to all new OCT MOMS!!! I promise you - it gets easier!! (( HUGS )) to all!!

Comment by Ari's Miimi on October 10, 2013 at 2:30pm
My son never throws anything out, just ask his father. It'll be interesting to find out when he writes or calls again.
Comment by jenb on October 10, 2013 at 10:01am

Thanks Helen, I was going to suggest callsforrecruits as well. What a wonderful thing he is doing! I completlety understand where you are coming from, I have never felt so brain dead in my life... I feel like a thousand things are running through my mind and I cant grasp at one to focus on it... :)

Comment by Joniana (Helen) on October 10, 2013 at 9:38am

Thank you to everyone who helped me figure out the phone cards.  I am hopeful that my brain will return to normal once my son leaves for bootcamp!  For the benefit of anyone who might be as brain dead as I am, I thought I’d summarize everything I’ve learned about phone cards in the past few days. 

The Navy RTC recommends that your SR bring a phone card.  See the Navy’s Family Guide:  It says that most recruits will make 3 calls durin bootcamp. 

There are two types of prepaid calling cards – those that can be used on any phone and those that must be used with a certain cell phone “cell phone cards”).  Your SR needs the type that can be used on any phone.  A domestic card should suffice unless your SR will be calling an international location. 

There are numerous retailers that carry these card including CVS, Rite-Aid, Star Market, and Walmart.  At CVS, both types of cards are displayed on the same rack as other gift cards.  At Walmart, the “any phone cards” (which you want) are located near the check-out registers.   The “cell phone cards” (which you do not want) are in the Electronics Department.    

If you cannot locate appropriate cards or cannot afford to purchase them, go to  Calls for Recruits is run by a Navy vet whose son is also in the Navy.  He will e-mail you eight 20-minute cards, with instructions to share two cards with fellow recruits who do not have calling cards.  He does not charge for this generous service, which is provided by private donations. 

After you purchase your cards, follow the directions to activate it and have your SR make a practice call or two.  Also, advise your SR to protect it while at bootcamp, since they are a desirable item. 

Comment by Qfamily Ship 9 Div 36 on October 10, 2013 at 8:39am

So I have not commented yet because it has been such a whirlwind getting my son ready to leave. I have just been reading everything trying to learn all this Navy stuff. However, today is the day and so I want to say hello. My sweet boy is swearing in again this morning and I am missing it :( My other son is home sick, so I am stuck. Luckily the grandparents are going and they promised lots of pictures! I am so excited for him and so very proud! Now the wait begins for the call!

Comment by NWKate on October 9, 2013 at 9:35pm
we were told they have four options...keep it there, send it home, donate it or throw away. i dont know if this is totally true but that was what the recruiter said. hope that helps!
Comment by Ari's Miimi on October 9, 2013 at 9:23pm
Got my sons box yesterday. No sneakers, jeans or underwear? Can he use his own stuff, I didn't think so?

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