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.



Bethesda Naval Hospital Moms


Bethesda Naval Hospital Moms

A group for family members with a loved one stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital

Members: 35
Latest Activity: Jan 20, 2018

Discussion Forum

Where to live?

Started by joemama. Last reply by NavyWife Aug 28, 2012. 1 Reply

Ft Belvior

Started by hermomi( 11-066). Last reply by NavyWife May 16, 2012. 1 Reply

Son leaving in 2 weeks

Started by nightnurse613. Last reply by Kalena Mar 3, 2011. 3 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by SailorAiga on July 14, 2012 at 11:46am

Thanks Trisha, will do..... I'm excited to plan my trip. Can moms stay on base at the Navy Lodge?

Comment by SailorAiga on July 13, 2012 at 8:54pm

My sailor has left for his first duty station in Bethesda. He should arrive at 11:30PM tonight. Planning on visiting him sometime next year for Spring Break.

Comment by AngiePNMx2 on July 9, 2012 at 5:53pm

My sailor has left Bethesda  about amonth ago as well..he is now in Japan.  Those of you who can take advantage of DC area incourage you to go canstay at the Navy lodge on base and take the Metro into DC and see all the sights. 

Comment by joemama on April 3, 2012 at 10:26am

Thanks ladies!  I appreciate the info.  Even though my "baby" is almost 23 I still want to know!


Comment by NavyWife on March 30, 2012 at 2:29pm

joemama, when my husband and I got here, he checked in and they told him where he would be working. It just depends on where they need people and what training he has (if he had a C School). My hubby works in the ICU on a 12 on/12 off shift much like civilian nurses. His co-workers are people from Navy, Army, and Air Force and of all ranks, even civilians. He's getting great experience and enjoys his work. Your son will enjoy it, whatever he does!

Comment by joemama on March 30, 2012 at 10:18am

Just learned our son will be a corpsman at Bethesda this summer.  He's heard he will need to get an apartment.  What can you all tell me? And what do they actually do there?

Comment by AngiePNMx2 on March 20, 2012 at 1:18pm

We stayed at the Navy Lodge on Base too....we also take the  metro train to DC and walk around to see all the sites and is cheap and easeir than trying to find parking.  Plus Traffic is horrible and going to get worse especially around the base/hospital.

Comment by restingnHIM on March 16, 2012 at 10:32am

Hello all -- Judi I am sure you did feel every mile ! Hope she is doing well . Thank you Angie and Trisha and CorpMom for touching base-- as a newbie to all of this it is encouraging to hear from those who have gone through and have enjoyed this part of their journey in Bethesda. Mine is in the Neuro dept.

Hopefully I will get to go down and visit within the next several months and see the sites and spend time with my sailor .  I will be praying for all of our sailors as they continue on serving and for the families who hold them dear to our hearts.


Comment by Judi(NavyMom) on March 13, 2012 at 8:12pm

My daughter arrived today!!  Drove by herself from Fl. I think I felt every mile. LOL.  She said she will have assignment tomorrow. 


Comment by AngiePNMx2 on March 13, 2012 at 3:01pm

Hi all...don't say much on here either....Trish my sailor turned 21 last week and has been working with the wounded warriors too!!  He will be leaveing Bethesda for Japan in  the next few months..Congrats to your sailor and all her accomplishments while at Bethesda...her next jounrey while be hard on a mom will be praying for her saftey as well as the Marines she will be "Doc" for.



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