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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still 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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All Sub Moms Pages (14)

Navy Culture & FAQs ("Frequently Asked Questions")

"BRAVO ZULU" Crow's Nest Frocking Lieutenant Commander Ships' bells USN and command baseball caps View »

Posting Bad News Isn't a Race!

Written by  Kaye S. ARTICLE:  Racing Facebook: A New Challenge for the Military Community This article is a poignant illustration of why we shouldn't rush to post bad Navy news.  We sh… View »

Submarine Schooling in Its Various Forms

Written by  Mark   The school at Groton, CT (often called "Sub School”) is officially Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS).  It typically lasts 7-8 weeks, six of which is actual scho… View »

Duration of Sea & Shore Duties in a Rate's Career Path

Written by  Kaye S. Duration of Sea & Shore Duties in a Rate's Career Path   Link to:  Original Unclassified USN Memo Reading left to right, the first column gives the mo… View »

* Departures and Homecomings

Written by  Kaye S. NOTE:  Procedures for boomers are different from fast attacks, and each sub WILL have different routines. DEPARTURES Movement dates for a sub are like due dates for… View »

* About Those Dolphins...

Written by  Kaye S. WHY THOSE DOLPHINS ARE A BIG DEAL The Wikipedia article, The Submarine Warfare Insignia, gives a great history and description of the pin we know as "Dolphins" or "Fish… View »

* Halfway Boxes & Mail Drops

Written by  Kaye S. Halfway Boxes & Mail Drops A "halfway box" or "halfway package" is taken with the sub when it leaves home port.  The sailor gets to open it on Halfway Night, wh… View »

* Does Your Sub Have a Group? Look Here!

Written by  Bunker QB Here's a list of groups by ship/boat name.  It's very handy when looking for some "shipmates" to hang with! Navy For Moms Groups: Listed By Name of Ship   Al… View »

* Command Hierarchy for Submarine Forces

Written by  Kaye S. COMMAND HIERARCHY FOR USN SUBMARINE FORCES (As of Sept 28, 2011)  Please understand this information can change without notice.  The Naval Department can reorganize… View »

* Fast Attacks vs. Boomers vs. Carriers

Written by  Kaye S. There are two types of subs, "fast attacks" and "boomers."   Fast Attack subs serve two functions: (1) accompanying an aircraft carrier group to protect i… View »


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