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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Parents whose Sailors are stationed at FT. Meade


Parents whose Sailors are stationed at FT. Meade

Site for parents who might have sailors stationed on Ft. Meade

Members: 60
Latest Activity: Jul 9, 2020

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Comment by Jster's mom on October 21, 2018 at 11:51am

Hi Greeneydnavymom,

My daughter is at A school at Ft Meade. she has only one roommate, although their room is set up for three people. They have a microwave and a full sized refrigerator and bathroom. There are common areas in the building as well with TV, pool table, computers, etc. It seems almost like a college dorm to me. Definitely a step up from boot camp! 

Comment by Greeneydnavymom on October 18, 2018 at 3:39pm

Hello, my son just graduated from A school in Pensacola and will report to Ft. Meade at the end of the month.  I am curious about the housing he will have there as a single enlisted member.  Can anyone here provide any details? 

Comment by clockard on October 15, 2017 at 11:36am

ALmacomLL, welcome to the group! We are pretty quiet. Some of our Sailors are (or were) at Fort Meade for CT rates and others are there for other programs. What we all have in common is experience living in the area. Ask any questions you have, and I'm sure someone will do their best to help you.

Comment by ALmacomLL on October 14, 2017 at 8:39pm
Hello. My sailor will be leaving for fort Meade in a few weeks. I'll be following discussions and comments to learn more about it. I'm very proud of my sailor and am excited to see this livelihood become reality.
Comment by clockard on December 19, 2016 at 5:02pm

Sigh...I'm back. Someone screwed up - BIG TIME - and deleted me. That means anything I ever posted here is gone. Period.

If I can fill in any gaps for you, please ask.

Comment by G-Mom on December 7, 2016 at 10:40am
Thanks for keeping it going. My son has done two trainings at Ft. Meade over the last few years.
Comment by sourpatchkid on May 22, 2016 at 10:57pm


Is there someone who has a Sailor who has been through ION that may be able to answer a few questions I have regarding orders, class schedule, etc? You can add me as a friend and PM me, if so. Thanks!

Comment by NavyMom93 on May 7, 2016 at 9:11am

Zman'smom, I don't have personal experience with NIOC, but from what I can tell, it is on Fort Meade.  Fort Meade is really huge; NSA is on Fort Meade!  My son was there for DINFOS (Defense Information School).  He really enjoyed his time there.  Good luck to your son!

Comment by Zman'smom on May 6, 2016 at 11:44pm
My son received orders to NIOC. Is that a part of Ft Meade??
Comment by NavyMom93 on July 2, 2015 at 10:28am

JackRussellMom, I think he can come home on weekends (lucky!) in Phase 3.  My son spent weekends away when he was in Phase 3.  I think he was able to use his laptop in Phase 2.  How nice that you live so close!


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