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





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Please, please remember before you post: our sons are part of a Special Operations community, even while in training, and it is vitally important to form the habit of not divulging any information that could possibly compromise the safety of any of their members. This would especially apply to names, dates, places, procedures, etc. You might like to read the "Discussion Forum" titled "OPSEC" for some guidance. If you are still in doubt, please ask one of our members for their opinion by private message before you post. We are here to help each other, but we must be careful at all times.

Discussion Forum

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Comment by K⚓️ on August 7, 2021 at 2:57pm

D'sMum35, what a great article, thank you for posting! 

Comment by D'sMum35 on August 5, 2021 at 8:41pm
Comment by Tab5 on January 21, 2021 at 7:26am
Hi everyone. My son leaves Buds Prep Feb 5th and heads to Coronado. Anyone out there whose son is heading there as well or is currently there.
Comment by kelly67 on December 18, 2018 at 4:28pm

CONGRATULATIONS to your son on his SWCC graduation Bubba777!  I wish him well at his SBT!  

Comment by Bubba777 on December 17, 2018 at 6:30pm

So very proud of my son who recently graduated from the program & now assigned to a Special Boat Team! May God bless & be with him & his SBT!

Comment by D'sMum35 on December 5, 2018 at 3:47pm

Hi Everyone! Welcome to our new members. I am glad you have found us. I just realized that my email alerts are going into my spam folder. :(

Hootieowls, this is the correct place to ask your question. The answer to this (my journey only) is that this is the journey of your son. We don't have a choice and prayer is highly helpful. It doesn't get better, but it will get easier. Live by the phone and answer any and every number that comes through. We never know if it will be them. Dont put anything stressful on your warrior, infact, don't even bother to ask details....Mine tells me what I need to know, when I need to know it, and I leave it at that. Hopefully your son will have an idea when deployment is coming and fill you in with these details.

Mine usually gets time to come home before and after deployment. Ask what kind of time off he has coming.

My son knows I really don't want to know, where and what. I just hug him extra hard when I get to see him and extra extra hard when he leaves. I usually cry for about a week, and he's been at this for 11 or so years. The hardest part is still just not being able to call him when I want. 

Peace to you and your family. :)

Comment by Hootieowls on October 9, 2018 at 5:58pm

I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask this...and if it’s not I apologize in advance! I’m new military life and was wondering if there are any suggestions on how to deal (or survive?) the constant deployments, and not knowing when and where they are going. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Comment by mamajimmy on August 29, 2017 at 1:21pm

Welcome to the new SWCC moms!

Comment by mamajimmy on July 1, 2017 at 4:29pm

Blessed mom, congratulations to you and your Warrior son for his years of service. Please tell him Well done and thank you! My son would have been in one more year but he reenlisted for another 2. More time on my knees. May God bless them all.

Comment by BlessedMom on July 1, 2017 at 11:12am

Well, I can't believe it has been six years and my beloved Warrior has fulfilled his commitment to our country.  He accomplished his passion joining the Navy's special forces and made it through his contract safe and sound.  He chose not to reenlist but to pursue a civilian career now. I thank you Father God for answering my many years of prayers and thanksgivings for his safety and protection! God bless you my beloved son with your new career endeavors and thank you for your six years commitment to SWCC. I love you so much!!  God bless and continue to protect all our military men and women serving until they return home safely too. Happy 4th of July!


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