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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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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.



* Tons of Info About Submarines!



If you find a link which should be added here, please post on the Sub Moms main page or send a message to Kaye S.  All these links worked as of 9/23/11; if you find otherwise, do likewise!  


Official US Navy Information: Submarines

USN Information Index: The Submarine - list of fact files and other reference data at

Undersea Warfare Magazine - publication of the USN

Submarine Warfare Division – has many other links to submarine-related sites

Cutaway view of Fast Attack Sub

Cutaway view of Virginia-class Sub (After loading, click on the graphic to zoom in)

All Hands (April,1999), Magazine of the USN - entire issue dedicated to submarines (GREAT info!)


Official US Navy Information: General

USN Sites of Interest

Navy News – sign-up for weekly or daily emailed newsletter from around the fleet

Navy Social Media Directory – a list (still being updated) of the social media sites of Naval units

Navy Live – Official blog of the USN

The USN: on Facebook, on Flickr, on Twitter, on YouTube

The Navy Professional Reading Program - recommended reading for sailors at all levels

About the Navy's Nuclear Field Program

Navy Media Center - official news outlet of the USN



National Geographic Videos - put "submarine" in the box labeled "Video Search"

Discovery Channel Videos - video list is in right-hand column; click "View More" (not well-organized)

Ultimate Guide to Submarines: Sonar

Weaponology: Submarines, Part 1, Part 2

Really Big Things: Virginia Class Submarine

Future Weapons: Virginia Class Submarine (filmed aboard USS Texas)

Submarine Weapons (filmed aboard USS Texas)


Base Newspapers

The Dolphin Newspaper - Serving Naval Submarine Base New London

The Sea Hawk Newspaper - Serving Yokosuka, Japan

Kitsap Navy News - Serving Naval Base Kitsap, Washington


Books & Movies

Bibliography (Reading List) - Compiled by the Chief of Naval Operations, Submarine Warfare Division

Movie List - Also compiled by CNO, Sub Warfare Division



The Submarine Warfare Insignia – Why those Dolphins are a big deal!

List of USN jobs (known as “ratings”)

List of USN staff corps

USN officer rank insignia

USN enlisted rate insignia

Badges of the USN (known as “qualification pins”)

Fox News:  A Tribute to the Captain and Crew of the USS Alaska (SSBN 732)

Ohio Class Submarines

Photo tour of a Trident nuclear sub (a "boomer"), the USS NEBRASKA (unclassified photos)

Underwater World – (from Stars and Stripes online magazine) A week aboard the USS SEAWOLF

Discovery Channel - How Submarines Work


Navy Day - October 13th

The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922 on October 27 because it was the birthday of the navy-obsessed President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1923, over 50 major cities participated and the Navy sent a number of ships to various port cities for the occasion. The 1945 Navy Day was an especially large celebration, with President Truman reviewing the fleet in New York Harbor.

But, in the 1970s, researchers discovered the "birthday" of the Continental Navy to be October 13, 1775.  So, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, worked with the Navy League to re-define October 13 as date of Navy Day. But, one can still find instances where it's celebrated on October 27th.


Websites has many stories about submarines:

Submarine Frequently Asked Questions about submarines in the US Navy

Sub Sea Stories – stories by present and past submarine sailors
The Silent Service – life aboard the USS Maine (SSBN 741)

Submarines – History of USN submarines

US Navy's Submarine Rescue Team


PBS-TV’s Nova:

See Inside a Submarine (PBS-TV) – Tour the USS Springfield and USS Nautilus

Life on a Submarine – Tales of former submariners about life underwater


Acronyms! and More Acronyms! – NO list could have all of them, but it’s a start…

The Navy Times – published by Army Times Publishing Company

Submarine Force Museum – in Groton, CT; home of the USS Nautilus (1st nuclear sub); also has a museum shop with sub-themed items.

Naval Undersea Museum – in Keyport, WA; also has a museum shop with sub-themed items.


Free E-cards

Patriotic, American Pride, Memorial Day (May 31), Patriot Day (Sep. 11), Veterans Day (Nov. 11),

To a Sailor, Navy Day-1 Navy Day -2 (Oct. 13)

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