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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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Seamen Recruits are here getting medical treatment for minor injuries. FIT DIV is also in this area. 

Location: RTC Chicago, IL
Members: 187
Latest Activity: Oct 3

It's hard not knowing! That is the purpose for this group. Most likely if you are here your SR has had trouble keeping up or not passed a PFA due to some sort of minor medical issue. Often it stress fractures bringing SR's here. Know this when you don’t get a call that is a very good thing. Calling them is not a good thing and it can negatively impact your SR to have his or her “Mommy“ calling!  They are harder on them in this DIV than any other. They want them up and out. The best thing you can do is sends tons of mail. Send scripture and motivational mail. I know my SR said reading the Bible was considered a sign of weakness here. When you get a tearful call motivate. Stay positive and encourage you SR. This is a small detour to greatness and getting the I'm a Sailor call!  Recruit family and friends…“Navy mom friends are the best“…to send your SR mail as well.  NMH for you all!!

Discussion Forum

Broken Pinky Finger

Started by Liz. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Oct 3. 3 Replies

We got a call Tuesday 9/17 from our son that he was being set back 2-4 weeks because of a broken pinky finger that had happened 10 days prior. He was beginning week 4. We are beyond worried because…Continue

Vision Waiver

Started by Proudmomofsailor79 Oct 2. 0 Replies

My son was just transferred to Ship 4 as he didn’t pass his vision exam on intake. He did require a vision waiver when he went through MEPS. They are now requesting another waiver. Does anyone have…Continue

Scripted call from SR - Don't Come to Graduation - I'm sick

Started by Tiffany. Last reply by AmyLynn Aug 23. 9 Replies

Last night I received a call from my SR that I wasn’t looking forward to and need some serious advice and encouragement. The call was pretty scripted started out with him stating his name and not to…Continue

Update on my son

Started by bethvac65. Last reply by AK907Tammy Aug 20. 3 Replies

So I heard from my son and found out what happened. He said that the second night he was there, he had a couple episodes of sudden muscle spasms and legs starting to give out. Later that night, he…Continue

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 6, 2019 at 4:53pm

If anyone has the link to the FB group can you please share it so I can update the information section above.  TY

Comment by Red on December 29, 2018 at 6:07pm

my son called and said he might have to have surgery his tendon popped in his wrist he will have at least 4mo in a cast. I am so glad he is still excited about being there and all he talks about is finishing BC I told him to make sure to put that energy into healing and he will be fine

Comment by AbbyM on October 17, 2018 at 1:03pm

My son was FFD on 10/15.  His new PIR is 11/16.  Only one month to go!!  Thanks everyone.  It was an interesting road and we'll both be happy when he finally says "I'm a Sailor!"

Comment by Inkiri on October 3, 2018 at 8:18pm

Thanks. I'm pretty active on the Ship 4 FB page, which is where I received a lot of comfort and information. I always thought having a kid in RCU is worse than in basic training, because we as parents have a pretty good idea of what the kids do week to week in basic. But in RCU, we're left in the dark. There's the constant fear of Ship 5 as well.

Comment by Valtameri on October 3, 2018 at 4:20pm

Congrats to you and your son, Inkiri!

Comment by Inkiri on October 3, 2018 at 9:32am

My son was FFD on 9/26 and went to a new division after 10 long weeks in Ship 4 RCU. He'll graduate next week! But I'm going to stay in this group so I can help other worried moms.

Comment by sherrifm on September 10, 2018 at 9:14am

My son, Peter, will be picked up by his new division today.  I will be leaving this group, but I will keep all of you in my prayers.  This has been a difficult journey, and it truly breaks my momma heart every time someone new has to join this group.  Thank you for your support through this past six weeks.  God bless you all and your SR's.  Go Navy!

Comment by Kris on August 20, 2018 at 1:44pm

Hello - I was overjoyed when I checked Informed Delivery to see there was a letter from my son who shipped to boot camp on 8/7.  I thought it was the form letter, but the gist of what he said was that they found something medically and that by the time we receive the letter (which was today) he should know whether he is staying or coming home.  I hate not being able to know more, but he seemed upbeat.  He wants and hopes to stay but he said if they send him home he wants to go into firefighter training.  Still breaks my heart that leaving may be possibility.  He did the DEP and has been looking forward to this for the last couple of years.  All he did the year before he left was work out to get himself physically and mentally prepared.  As much as we miss him, I hope he gets a chance to continue.  I just wish we knew more!!!!!

Comment by Inkiri on August 6, 2018 at 9:54am

I am new to this group and just read your post. I wish him a speedy recovery - and I wish you lots of sanity!

Comment by Sarah's Human on July 29, 2018 at 3:00am


I told my son about your son's mandated two year RCU stay and my son could only groan. He says your son would be much better off going home to recover and go through physical therapy. He thinks he'd have gone insane if he'd spent more time in RCU than he did.

It's good you can be there for the surgery. When is it scheduled? If it's already been done how did it go? Do you know if the psychologist has prevailed?

We're all hoping your son comes home for his sanity and yours.


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