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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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.




Corpsman Moms

Lots of Corpsman moms around!  Share your experiences here, your wisdom and your support of one another!  All are welcome!  HM 'A' School moms/dads/loved ones, please also join us at

Current admins Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom and TexasDocMom

Please, if you no longer want to be a part of N4M's consider NOT deleting your profile as everything you have ever posted will disappear when you delete it .  You can leave a group but don't permanently delete your profile!

Location: All over this world!
Members: 1062
Latest Activity: Jan 2


Please check out the information at the links below the photos.

HM 'A' School moms/dads/loved ones!  Please also join in at

Anderson Hall is in San Antonio, on the campus of Fort Sam Houston...the place where future corpsmen learn their trade. "Doc" Anderson served with the Marine 1/6. (He also went to Basic and to FMTB with my son. TDM)

Fleet Marine Force (top) and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification pinsShipboard corpsmen working underway 

Click on links (in bold and underlined)

The HM Rating - the only enlisted medical corps in the Navy

PLEASE REVIEW these Operational Security guidelines:  OPSEC and an easy to remember version


HM (Hospital Corps) A School in San Antonio - If your sailor is headed to or is currently at A School, this group is the best place for you to ask questions and get info right now.  Medical Education & Training Campus, San Antonio, Texas (METC) is the "go to" non-N4M official site for information on Hospital Corps A school in San Antonio.

Moms with Kids in Iraq/Afghanistan  If your corpsman is deploying to the "sandbox," please join us, you'll find folks with open arms, lots of support and the same fears and questions you have.

FIELD MEDICAL TRAINING BATTALION (FMTB) is an eight-week course in advanced medical training, small arms training, and the Marine Corps way of life.  Official sites:

FMTB-WEST Camp Pendleton, CA

FMTB-West on Facebook

FMTB - EAST Camp Johnson at Camp Lejeune, NC.  Links include a Life at FMTB slideshow, study manual, lots more, click here for what to bring, car and mail info, etc. 

FMTB-East on Facebook has photos, info about upcoming graduations.

NavyforMoms FMTB groups:  Camp Lejeune Moms and Camp Pendleton Corpsmen

FMF qualifications and FMF: Sailors earn respect

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Virginia) and NMC/San Diego 

Navy Individual Augmentee (aka "IA") and "Navy IA" iPhone app

Fleet and Family Support Program Facebook Page
Absentee Voting Assistance
Defense Center of Excellence For Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury  Help for TBI and PTSD for active military, vets and their families.

Real Warriors  This site has phone apps, emergency numbers, 24 hour hot lines to help a vet or a family struggling with PTSD, TBI and other issues when they return home from deployment. If this site doesn't have the link you need for your Veteran, there isn't a website for it. Amazing.

Navy Reserve FAQs  Got questions about the Reserves/your reservist? here's the spot!


METC Facebook Has photos!

Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program  Facebook page. Graduation dates, photos of each class.

Facebook Support for OPSEC A good page to share with your sailor and to keep up with yourself concerning online and social media OPSEC. 

Dogs on Deployment One-Stop Resource page for military members to turn to for advice and direction to all pet-related needs. They also are looking for fosters.

NAVY NEWS: (official Navy site); and Navy Times - weekly newspaper published by Gannett, subscription $55/yr.

Navy facilities in the U.S. - interactive map.  Clicking on the name takes you to the website for that location.  There is also a link to a list of ship homeports.

Search U.S. Navy social media sites here:

Graphic novel "The Docs" for deploying corpsmen

CARE PACKAGES:   USPS # - 800-610-8734, say "Order supplies" and then ask for the Military Pack.  They'll send you six priority-mail large boxes for military, tape, and labels, all for free.  You can order cases of 10 and 25 online sent for free, too; choose quantity under "select format" at right on that page.  Send up to 70 lbs for $13.45.  Questions and inspiration:  Care Package Ideas

TO ANY MOM WHOSE CORPSMAN IS DEPLOYING TO A WAR ZONE - look above and find the link to "Moms with Kids in Iraq/Afghanistan"...go read, go lurk, post when you're ready.   We know your fear, your thoughts and tears and joy and laughter.

RETURNING WARRIOR WORKSHOPS - For sailors returning from mobilization or Individual Augmentees from deployment, here is information and the 2013 schedule of workshops around the country:  RWW 2013

Discussion Forum

Don't miss graduation from Great Lakes!

Started by MelonieM. Last reply by CorpsmanMom Jul 15, 2018. 1 Reply

FMF camp lejuene

Started by nikki. Last reply by CorpsmanMom Jul 15, 2018. 2 Replies

Best duty stations for FMF Corpsmen

Started by sockmonkey Jan 20, 2018. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by partyofseven on May 13, 2020 at 2:58pm

 Hi Ladies,

How has everyone been doing? How are your Sailor's? Mine is still in Florida. Please be safe out there as states start opening up.

Comment by jillybean on March 7, 2020 at 10:12pm

Hi Nicole, my son graduated on a Friday in January. He filled out the guest clearance info over the phone and had to give them to us in person. He had to meet us at the gate. They got their itinerary for graduation day only a few days prior. The Ceremony itself was only 30 minutes. He shipped out the next day for "C" school we got to take him to the airport.

Comment by Nicole on February 29, 2020 at 12:32pm
I keep getting mixed answers about the actual date...I thought it was April 20th his buddy said the 23rd, I thought it was only on Mondays that they graduated
Comment by Tammy⚓️Girl on February 28, 2020 at 8:38pm

Nicole, my son graduated A School last April in San Antonio.  My son was the first class too at the start of 2019.  He would call us on the weekends and spent his free time studying and going to the gym.  Congrats to your son!!

Comment by Nicole on February 26, 2020 at 1:46pm
Hello ladies!! This is my first post in this group. I do not use Facebook so after my son graduated bootcamp Dec 21st 2019 I am kinda lost at what it is he doing. My son kinda fills me in but I am looking forward to seeing him graduate A School in San Antonio this coming April but he isn't sure of an actual date or chain of events!! He was the the first class to start the new year
Comment by IDCmom#1 on January 6, 2020 at 6:22pm

Years have flown by. My son is 4 years from retirement. Ironically, he’s never been assigned to a “real” ship, just a very small one. He figures he’ll spend his last three years on a boat.

He’s had some really interesting deployments but OPSEC prevents me from sharing. The last one does not involve OPSEC as it becomes a public mission as soon as they returned to the States.

He was a member of a team that went to Vietnam for two months, searching for remains of soldiers killed during Vietnam war. It seemed surreal searching for men who would be his dad’s age. It was a real education for him, seeing the country and meeting the people.

I’m a very proud of my son. He’s certainly grown up over the years and is good husband and father. Someday, he’ll be one of those old codgers crowding the commissary aisles, reminiscing about the “good old days”!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on January 5, 2020 at 1:41am

Happy New Year, corpsman moms!  Some of us have been mothers of corpsmen for years; others are just now entering a world often described as a roller coaster.  As we begin 2020, I hope to see moms connecting, learning, sharing, and making connections and even lifelong friends as I have.  

Comment by IDCmom#1 on June 21, 2019 at 12:49pm

AmyBeth1991, your son wasn’t late to apply for IDC school; he’s too early.  I believe he has to be in 4-5 years before he is eligible  and E4 for Surface IDC and E5 for Sub IDC.   Lowering rank to E4 eligibility happened a couple of years ago, I think.   

The school is 12 months long and so intensive that many students opt to not have family members accompany them.   My son and ex daughter-in-law were in classes six weeks apart so we had our granddaughter while they were in school.  I took her out to visit them half way through.  It was a long and hard year for them.  

Comment by mikes mom on June 21, 2019 at 10:37am

Your right TDM ... Ladies you will make friends for life ... You'll bond with people you may never meet but yet call your bestfriend  ... 

Up to last Tuesday I had been a military mom for over 18 years ... My three children all decided to join (two Navy one Army) ... 

My son was with the 2/2 as well for 5 years ... He joined in 2008 ... if it wasnt for this group and one other and the moms (and a dad) that I met I would have gone crazy for sure ... 

Most of you your journey has just begun ... Enjoy and know these groups are amazing and I'm sure just like myself you will make friends for life ....

Comment by TexasDocMom on June 21, 2019 at 9:40am

Hello! As an admin on this page for longer than I can even believe, I am delighted to see it active again! My son has left the Navy, after 7 years in. He served from basic with the Marine 2/2 out of Camp Lajuene, earned his FMF qualification in 2008 when he was deployed with the 2/2 to Iraq. He, due to his procrastination, bumbled his reenlistment to go to Afghanistan with the 2/2 (which did not make me unhappy, I have to say), then was put in charge of the Methadone Clinic at Camp Lajuene....a real eyeopener for him, and heartbreaking to hear those stories from him about our young troops fighting the battles of addiction after injuries in combat.  He ended up at Camp Bullis in San Antonio, teaching combat medical techniques, only 80 miles from home here in Austin.  And thankfully, he fell in love, decided to leave the military in 2012, entered UTSA and got his degree in business. Very active in young vet groups, UTSA vet groups, etc. He was offered a job by another vet with his same degree at Pulte Homes, worked as a purchasing agent there until offered a great job at another homebuilder. During all this, he and his girlfriend split up (I don't care, I will send her Christmas cards forever for being the basis for that decision to leave the military!) and has since met the love of his life. We'll be having a wedding in August! It'll be in Tennessee, so her NY family and my son's friends from all over the country will be able to attend. I am looking forward to meeting more of his vet friends, I've heard great stories about them (but not many about what they actually did while on deployments) .

I've only met a couple, including a young Marine who came to stay here on his R&R after being injured in that deployment to Afghanistan. My son called to say he was coming in with a friend, and they'd be doing a lot of laying around Barton Springs and talking . His CO had okayed him taking that time to make sure his Marine buddy was adjusting okay. One of those instances when you realize your child has abilities and experience that you never saw coming. Ma Navy was in charge and it's something we have to always remember. 

You're in for the ride of your life, and you will make friends on this board and others who will hang with you forever. There's a crew of us "Navy Moms" that are still close, visit daily on FB and in person as we can. Some still have kids in, some do not. Like our kids, we made bonds during their enlistments with people that gave us support at some of the worst moments in our lives. We have a Gold Star Mom. God Bless her, she just loves hearing what our kids are doing and how they are. 

I'm semi retired, a Navy brat with a dad 30 years in, born on a NAS in Newfoundland, raised in a Navy town. My brother was a Marine. My son thought he'd 'fool" me by enlisting in the Navy, not the Marines, and then volunteering to serve with a Marine battalion. He walked that line of Navy/Marine for most of his military career, considers himself more Marine than Navy, I think. 

If this board is going to be active with you "new" Moms....perhaps one would want to become an admin. We tried to do that a while back, but never heard back from N4M admin themselves. So I haven't let it go, because I did not want the board to close. I also admin a group for Moms with kids in War Zones, thankful that one is very quiet now. Hope it stays that way. 

Let me know if any one wants to be an "admin" and I'll try to get through to them again!


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