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.



ALUMNI OF PIR 12/28/2012 TG 7 - 8 Divisions (039 - 044, 906 & 907)


ALUMNI OF PIR 12/28/2012 TG 7 - 8 Divisions (039 - 044, 906 & 907)

This PIR Group is for those members that have loved ones who will be graduating Boot Camp on 12/28/2012. A place to gather information, share concerns and get support as your Recruits start their Navy careers as future Sailors.

Your current Group "veteran members" are:


LaLa Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons


♥FireTeamLeaderWife♥ aka FTLW

Betsy, son on Stennis carrier




Location: Great Lakes, Illinois
Members: 91
Latest Activity: Jul 2, 2015

WELCOME to PIR 12/28/2012! PLEASE See the PAGES section for Informational Posts about BC and PIR. PAGES is underneath the Members Photos. PLEASE scroll down this page here to find the Comment Box to post a reply to the PIR GROUP.

Click here for more graphics and gifs!
N4M's Community Guidelines

~OPSEC OPerational SECurity, is always of the utmost importance.

~N4M’s also has Community Guidelines just like any other social media.

~Please take the time to read the OPSEC and N4M’s Community Guidelines.

~A quick note here, from the N4M’s CG’s:

• Don’t Jeopardize the Safety of Our Sailors: Remember OPSEC (Operational Security) (Don’t Sink Ships With Loose Lips) This site and all content posted on it are viewable to everyone on the Internet. This doesn’t mean you can’t share things about your Sailor – but too many details can put Sailors in harm’s way. The following are examples of red flags and should not be shared within this community either by posting or sending via a Group message:

• Sailors’ last names. This includes your username if you share the same last name as your son or daughter.

Some Suggestions:

~If your last name is different from your Recruits it is still not recommended for you to use in your username for your own personal security. This is your option. It is also not a good idea to use an email address as your username for personal security reasons.

~First Names and pictures of your Recruit are allowed but remember, everyone can see it and someone can easily match them up with their "mom". So you might want to consider changing your profile picture to not include your Recruit at least for the duration of BC. Again, your option

~It is also a good idea to make your settings for your Profile Page "viewable only to your friends".

The Weather Widget is interactive. Click the green dot on the top bar and drag it along the to change the time. Click LIVE to go back to current time. Click on the days to change to that day or expand out to six days. Forecast by NWS

Discussion Forum

Ship 03 (USS Hopper) Divisions 039 and 040 (Brother Divisions)

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by twosailorsmom Jan 10, 2013. 150 Replies

A-schools/ Jobs

Started by lerae1125. Last reply by twosailorsmom Jan 7, 2013. 20 Replies

Ship 13 (USS Marvin Shields) Divisions 041 and 042 (Brother Divisions)

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by Ray ray Jan 5, 2013. 63 Replies

Ship 11 (USS Kearsarge) Divisions 043 and 044 (Brother Divisions)

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by Rickysgirl23 Jan 5, 2013. 69 Replies

Bootcamp graduation 12/28/12

Started by Karen. Last reply by NLVSailorsMom Jan 1, 2013. 2 Replies

ship13 div41

Started by Ray ray. Last reply by NLVSailorsMom Dec 26, 2012. 1 Reply

MAPS of RTC/Metra Parking Map

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Dec 24, 2012. 0 Replies

Holiday Leave

Started by Joshua's Mom. Last reply by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Dec 20, 2012. 12 Replies

Does anyone know where the SR's are going to spend Christmas ?

Started by Hopper-Mom-Ship-03/DIV.40. Last reply by Zodiac Dec 17, 2012. 2 Replies

Ship 02 (USS Rueben James) Division 906 and 907 (Brother Divisions)

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by Chebon'smom Dec 17, 2012. 19 Replies

Airports for flying out to A Schools

Started by SkovysMom Dec 9, 2012. 0 Replies

MEET and GREETS for PIR 12/28/2012

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by ellen0502 Dec 9, 2012. 3 Replies


Started by Hopper-Mom-Ship-03/DIV.40. Last reply by Tyrellsmom Dec 7, 2012. 9 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of ALUMNI OF PIR 12/28/2012 TG 7 - 8 Divisions (039 - 044, 906 & 907) to add comments!

Comment by Bugs Mom on July 2, 2015 at 8:47am
Just an update on Bugs Navy career. He is currently an AT3. He is on the West Coast and has been all across America since BC. He is assigned to our nations Fleet of ships. Can't say which one OPSPEC you know. Since he has joined I have seen more of the world than I had in all my life. It has been great. He is doing well has been in now for 2 yrs and 7 months. Everyone have a great 4th of July and stay safe.
Comment by Zman'smom on December 13, 2014 at 6:04pm
Went to see Zach in Italy last month. It was the first time I'd seen him (in person) since Jan. 2013!! Thank God for FaceTime! My daughter and I flew to Italy and all 3 of us traveled the country. It was an amazing trip, some great family time, and sooo good to give him a hug! He'd grown an inch and a half since we last saw him!! He's loving life in the Navy. He's traveled a bunch; hence, why he hasn't been home. I hope all is well with everyone. Happy Holidays!
Comment by too tall Joan on December 18, 2013 at 10:02am

"The Sailor's Christmas"


Twas the night before Christmas, the ship was out steaming, Sailors stood watch while others were dreaming.

They lived in a crowd with racks tight and small, In a 80-man berthing, cramped one and all.

I had come down the stack with presents to give, And to see inside just who might perhaps live.

I looked all about, a strange sight did I see, No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stockings were hung, shined boots close at hand, On the bulkhead hung pictures of a far distant land.

They had medals and badges and awards of all kind, And a sober thought came into my mind.

For this place was different, so dark and so dreary, I had found the house of a Sailor, once I saw clearly.

A Sailor lay sleeping, silent and alone, Curled up in a rack and dreaming of home.

The face was so gentle, the room squared away, This was the United States Sailor today.

This was the hero I saw on TV,

Defending our country so we could be free.

I realized the families that I would visit this night, Owed their lives to these Sailors lay willing to fight.

Soon round the world, the children would play, And grownups would celebrate on Christmas Day.

They all enjoyed freedom each day of the year, Because of the Sailor, like the one lying here.

I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone, On a cold Christmas Eve on a sea, far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The Sailor awakened and I heard a calm voice, "Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice."

"Defending the seas all days of the year, So others may live and be free with no fear."

I thought for a moment, what a difficult road, To live a life guided by honor and code.

After all it's Christmas Eve and the ship's underway!

But freedom isn't free and it's sailors who pay.

The Sailor says to our country "be free and sleep tight, No harm will come, not on my watch and not on this night.

The Sailor rolled over and drifted to sleep, I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours, so silent, so still, I watched as the Sailor shivered from the night's cold chill.

I didn't want to leave on that cold dark night, This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

The Sailor rolled over and with a voice strong and sure, Commanded, "Carry on Santa, It's Christmas, and All is Secure!"

Comment by Ingrid on April 21, 2013 at 10:41pm

I am looking for anyone going to Nuke A school graduation on April 26th.  I am unable to be at the graduation but would love to have a picture or video of it.  Let me know and I will PM my sons name.  Thanks Ingrid

Comment by DaytonaBeachMom on March 21, 2013 at 1:20pm

My husband and I are headed back to Great Lakes to visit our son who is in ATT school until April 15.  Then starts A school and that goes until the end of August, then goes on hold for anywhere from 10 - 16 months before C school.  He is doing great - is carrying a 94 in his classes but is ready for warmer weather. He is practicing fly fishing, eating well and has gained back some of the 15 pounds he lost in Boot Camp. He has earned his phases so that he can come stay the weekend with us in Chicago while we are up there. We will be his liberty buddy for the weekend!  Can't wait to see him again - he was home for the week after PIR so it will have been 3 months - but at least we talk and text all the time so not as bad as Boot Camp - that was torture but I fully understand all of it. 

Comment by Paula's/son/corpsman/ on March 19, 2013 at 9:56am

My son received his orders to be a Pharmacy Tech. He is greatly disappointed as he wanted to be FMF, but I am secretly relieved, to be honest. Anyone else a Pharmacy Tech? My son will possibly get leave for the spring break from classes, if he is approved. I hope so! I really miss him.

Comment by Zman'smom on March 6, 2013 at 7:37pm
By the way, Zach is stationed in Naples, Italy and is loving it!! The transition was hard, but he's all settled in now. Thank God for FaceTime!
Comment by Zman'smom on March 6, 2013 at 7:36pm
Not Boom! Book! The yearbook. :)
Comment by Zman'smom on March 6, 2013 at 7:36pm
I received Zach's Keel Boom yesterday. They did a great job with it! Definitely worth the money.
Comment by Kimberley on February 25, 2013 at 10:05pm

No Keel Book here either, just the DVD.  Was worried there was a problem with ours getting lost in the mail, but apparently they are coming separate.  I will post as soon as I get it!


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