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.

Format Downloads:

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.



Writing Letters ~ Jokes and Fun Stuff to include in your letters/Contact Lenses and Make-Up

Writing Letters

Here's how your address should be written SR, Last Name, First Name, Middle initial

Ship ##, Divison ###

Recruit Training Command

#### Something Drive or Avenue

Great Lakes IL 60088-####

SR= Seaman Recruit

**(The Recruit Training Command line is sometimes omitted. BUT if your recruit writes and asks you to include it then do so.)

The recruits LIVE for mail…even the ones who say “don’t bother”…some of those end up writing home the most! Write often…every day if you can…and write about ANYTHING. Just tell them about your day and the goings on, info about friends, family, gossip, news, sports…keep them up on their favorite teams and TV shows. Tell them about the funny things their pets do…or write them a letter from them! Some of those have been very creative! They just want to hear about home.

Send funny jokes or pictures. It’s best to photocopy jokes and such onto the back of the letters you write. Actual newspaper clippings may get thrown away. Photographs may be sent but they will be inspected for content…and also remember they do not have a lot of room in their compartment for storage. Please use good judgment on content when sending cartoons and such…you don’t need to get you or your SR in trouble.

Cards are fine…plain white envelopes are best…but colored envelopes are really fine (sometimes we hear that some of the RDC’s don’t like them, “to each their own")just don’t decorate the outside with stickers and drawings (lipstick kisses…or maybe hubby’s will think the IT is worth that one wifeys!)

Glitter is a big no-no as the stuff is invasive! So hard to get rid of…and they have inspections of their racks and compartment. They’ll take “hits” for it.

Musical cards are a no-no as well.

Recruits receive mail Monday through Friday. They begin getting mail as soon as an MRPO Mail Recruit Petty Officer (the recruit assigned to collect and distribute mail), is trained. The mail is controlled by federal law and the MRPO must complete a federal training course before he/she can handle the mail. Sometimes this takes a couple of weeks but not more than three.

With all of the above…always bear in mind that your recruit may write home with specific instructions, “please make sure you include the Ship name (or the RTC line) when addressing your letter”, “don’t use colored envelopes”, “it’s okay to send colored envelopes” ”Don’t copy FB posts and send”, etc…whatever it is…always follow their lead in that instance.

Jokes and Fun Stuff to include in your letters


Word searches

***************************************** military humor

(this particular link is on “10 Ways to Make Basic Training Harder )



Your favorite comic strips!


Military humor-but has all kinds. Poke around.

This was one of my favorites!


Recruits may receive Contact lenses (1 pair)/solution (travel size) and light Makeup for Pictures (taken about the fourth training week in their Dress Blues) and PIR.

You may send this at any time in a clearly marked package. Padded envelope or small priority mail boxes are good. It's a good idea to put the liquid items in a Ziploc baggie. It will be opened in front of an RDC for inspection of contents and then the recruit may store them.

Here is the "official" info from the RTC FB FAQ page:


"..Recruits may receive one pair of contacts and one week's worth of solution to wear for photos and/or graduation. Female recruits are permitted to receive minimal makeup items to wear for photos and/or graduation..."

Recruits may NOT receive any other type of care packages or food items. All food items are discarded.

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