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.)

N4M Merchandise

Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress. Para Familias

Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



ALUMNI of PIR 12/16/2011 TG 05 — 05 Divisions (017–020 & 905)


ALUMNI of PIR 12/16/2011 TG 05 — 05 Divisions (017–020 & 905)

This site is for families & friends of Sailors graduating on December 16, 2011. We can share information, concerns, & ways to connect as we continue the journey from bootcamp to PIR and beyond.

Location: Great Lakes, Illinois
Members: 59
Latest Activity: Jan 4, 2012

Welcome to PIR 12/16/11!

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OPSEC, OPerational SECurity, is always of the utmust importance. Please take the time to read the Opsec and Community Guidelines. A quick note here: Last Names are never allowed on this site. If it is different from your Recruits it is still not recommended. First Names and pictures of your Recruit are allowed but discouraged as their RDC's read this site and can easily match them up with their "mom". So you might want to consider changing your profile picture.





Countdowns Forecast by NWS


R 1T 1C 1CLICK ME to go to the Recruit Training Command Website

M 1AmpersandG 1CLICK ME for PIR 12/16/2011 SARGE'S Meet and Greet

M 1AmpersandG 1CLICK ME for PIR 12/16/2011 RAMADA Meet and Greet

Discussion Forum

Ship 04, Div. 19 Navy Moms

Started by NavyMomma89. Last reply by momofS Dec 20, 2011. 92 Replies

Ship 11 Div 017

Started by navymom2011. Last reply by Amy Dec 14, 2011. 35 Replies

Places to Eat in Great Lakes

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by Shelli 04/020 Mom Dec 14, 2011. 1 Reply

After PIR - Liberty & Friday and Saturday Departures

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Dec 13, 2011. 0 Replies

Proper Public Behavior with your new Sailor

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Dec 13, 2011. 0 Replies

Great Lakes RTC Maps

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by Fishmom (Ship 11 Div 017) Dec 13, 2011. 2 Replies

Just found the group

Started by Seabee2be (ship 04 Div 019). Last reply by Seabee2be (ship 04 Div 019) Dec 12, 2011. 5 Replies

Ship 2 Div 905

Started by Lucy-Kennys Mom. Last reply by Lucy-Kennys Mom Dec 11, 2011. 41 Replies


Started by loganmyseaman(SHIP07/DIV035) Dec 10, 2011. 0 Replies

SHIP 04 DIV 020

Started by cmhs13. Last reply by kitkate1994 Dec 9, 2011. 17 Replies

Encouragement Questionnaire

Started by Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons. Last reply by Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons Dec 6, 2011. 5 Replies


Started by diannep. Last reply by Lucy-Kennys Mom Dec 5, 2011. 3 Replies


Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by PatricksMom Dec 3, 2011. 2 Replies

What happens after PIR 12/16?

Started by Suzy Ship 02 Div 905. Last reply by PatricksMom Dec 3, 2011. 12 Replies


Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Nov 17, 2011. 0 Replies

Photo/Keel/DVD ordering info

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by diannep Nov 15, 2011. 0 Replies

Leave vs. Liberty

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by Lucy-Kennys Mom Nov 8, 2011. 1 Reply

Ship/Div How it Works

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by CeliaSews Nov 3, 2011. 5 Replies

History of the Ships Names at RTC

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Nov 2, 2011. 0 Replies

Calls from your SR

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by Lucy-Kennys Mom Nov 1, 2011. 1 Reply

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of ALUMNI of PIR 12/16/2011 TG 05 — 05 Divisions (017–020 & 905) to add comments!

Comment by NavyMomma89 on October 29, 2011 at 7:06pm
Yes, thank you to all of the veteran moms for all this wonderful info.  Do we know now for sure that the PIR date is 12/16 or is that just the name you applied to this group for now until we know the real date?
Comment by Jajajo on October 29, 2011 at 10:25am
Thanks to all the "veteran" moms :)
Comment by diannep on October 29, 2011 at 10:15am

Thanks for starting the group, celiana.  I am another N4Moms veteran joining to help you all, just like FireTeam below.  We should be joined by some other wonderful N4Moms veterans soon....Lala, Sandy, Betsy, and maybe a few more.  Please ask us any questions you like! 

I see that FireTeam has posted her wonderful info up top. I will add "BattleStations" info up there too.  That is their final test before they become sailors!

Welcome to all of the new ladies on here!

Comment by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on October 29, 2011 at 9:39am

Nope...just a veteran mom!

Comment by Jajajo on October 29, 2011 at 9:37am
Thank you celianj for starting the group.  I thought it was fireteamleaderwife.....OOPS :) 
Comment by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on October 29, 2011 at 9:09am


Please see the post above on Letter Writing.

While I know some of you have called the recruiter for addresses, bear in mind that it is not always correct. Usually it is missing the actual street name or zip...sometimes there is TMI.

The format of how your letters should be addressed to your SR (Seaman Recruit) is in the post.

Because of this we advise to start writing letters but wait until your actual form letter arrives with the correct address to send them.

Recruits will not start receiving mail probably until around the third Sunday they are there. They will not be allowed to even write their first real letters until the second Sunday they are there. They are busy trying to absorb a lot of information about daily BC life, putting it into practice and getting it down pat. In addition a MRPO (Mail Recruit Petty Officer) has to be appointed, trained and pass a test in order to handle incoming and outgoing mail since mail is a federal entity.

Comment by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on October 29, 2011 at 9:00am

Community Guidelines and OPSEC

Hello Everyone.

Safety for your SR (future Sailor) and you!

Sailors LAST names are NOT allowed anywhere on this site. If your last name is different from your sailors it is still not recommended.

FIRST names ARE allowed but I, and some of the other “veteran” moms, will most often advise you not to use them. This is a public forum and anyone can read the posts-they do not have to be a member (if the group is set to private, the public cannot read but all N4M members can-so all you have to do is join) While they use their last names in BC (in fact they don't usually, if ever, find out each other’s first names until the end of BC), the RDC's know who they are and can then, with the right amount of info, link them up to you. So, let’s say you use your last name in your N4M name, post a picture of your SR...easy to match up...and so on.

Why does that matter? Your SR's are trying to get through BC with as little undue attention as possible. "Fly under the radar", so to speak. There have been reports from moms of their recruits being matched up with them. Some are just identified…some get IT (Intensive Training), I am guessing this depends on WHAT is posted…I know of one mom who said that her son had to do 5 push-ups just for every time she posted!

The MOST important reason for being discreet is OPSEC-Operational Security. This is a way of life for us now. It will be for your Sailors career and for some of them, even more so, depending on their individual security clearance. Some moms have mentioned that even today after years they do not know EXACTLY what their sailor does.

SPECOPS...definitely need to be VERY careful.

Here is a link to the "Community Guidelines" for N4M:


Here is the link for "OPSEC is everyone’s responsibility" specifically:


Here is a link to the video on OPSEC on this site:

Please take the time to review this information.

Thank You.

Comment by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on October 29, 2011 at 9:00am

Good Morning PIR12/16/2011!

Thank you to celianj for starting the group!

My son PIR'd back in May of this year. I got through BC with the help of some great ladies on this site. The veteran moms on my PIR group made BC "sane"! LOL So, I deided to stay on and help in any way I could...I am privileged to do so.

Other veteran moms will be along shortly to help you along with your PIR experience!



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