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 6/23/2022 - 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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


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DEP - Leavin' for bootcamp in October


DEP - Leavin' for bootcamp in October

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for Boot Camp in October. I will leave the year open so that any future DEPpers leaving in the month of October of any year can join.Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions!

Members: 490
Latest Activity: Jul 21

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPPERS leaving in the month of October (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

If you have October ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in October, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...

Once your recruit has arrived at RTC, the next stop here is to join the group Boot Camp for Moms (and loved ones)  Hangout and ask questions in this group until your form letter arrives.

***New news just out today (9/25/19) from the US Navy Recruit Training Command FaceBook page:
Attention families and friends of RTC: Previously, upon arrival to boot camp, recruits would box up their civilian belongings and ship it to their choice of destination. Our new procedure now has those boxes being stored locally and will be returned to the recruits the day before graduation. The new procedure went into effect this week beginning with Div. 409 in Training Group 52.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the Security Access Form. The Security Access form needs to be completed and sent back to your recruit ASAP. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), Things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets.

After you have received the form letter, join the group for your recruits PIR. There you can ask questions about PIR, training, hotels etc.Those groups will be posted in the Boot Camp for Mom's group.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

**It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

Discussion Forum

BC began OCT 9

Started by potterycat. Last reply by potterycat Oct 15, 2019. 5 Replies

Hi, Anyone else have a son or daughter begin BC October 9th?  I'm going nuts not talking to my girl.  I am writing her everyday.  I just got her address so I'm thinking about sending the letters so…Continue

OUR questions

Started by Cheryl. Last reply by ellen0502 Nov 16, 2018. 15 Replies

My daughter's boyfriend and I will be staying at a nearby hotel. They offer a free shuttle service to the graduation. Does the shuttle actually go all the way to graduation site? Also anyone know how…Continue

My son left October 1st

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Cindy Nov 9, 2018. 2 Replies

My youngsters son October 1st. Its really quite around the house. I miss him so.

My son left Oct. 16th

Started by Hollie. Last reply by Tammy⚓️Girl Nov 2, 2018. 6 Replies

Anyone else have someone who left same day??

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of DEP - Leavin' for bootcamp in October to add comments!

Comment by Dodie on July 14, 2010 at 10:21pm
Iluvangels-My son just had to choose to workout (he's been so stubborn since he signed his contract in Jan). He decided to get into shape so he can score in the good range on his PT scores. He says he wants to be able to hold his own physically at bootcamp. My son chose a date in Feb to begin P90x. He actually lost about 20# (he wasn't that overweight to begin with) but he's very proud of his biceps & chest. He was always so tall and lanky:) His younger brother is a workout nut & is in the army national guard so he keeps his brother motivated. He's just not into running & since it's gotten so hot outside, he says he definitely won't be running:)
Comment by dillndrewsmom on July 13, 2010 at 10:02pm
Hi There,
I have been away from this for a bit because I was having such a hard time with the fact my son is leaving me !! I am ''OK'' with it now... I have had long discussions with his recruiter and my son that this is what HE wants.. and I just basically need to support this decision.
Comment by Betsy, mom of Stennis sailor on July 13, 2010 at 4:06pm
Thanks, Carole. I guess I was hoping for a miracle and that he would do it on his own. LOL
Comment by Betsy, mom of Stennis sailor on July 13, 2010 at 12:52pm
Hello everyone. I've been MIA for a about a month and a half. We were on our annual road trip back east to see family. I have a question for you. Adam is really excited about going in October, but it's like pulling teeth to get him to work out. He only has DEP meetings once a month and I'm really afraid that he will be really out of shape. My dd's bf is coming in town in August (he is on a Navy sub) and has offered to work out with him. We have a fitness center in one of the recs here, but he doesn't want to work out by himself. Any ideas on how to motivate him. He's not really in bad shape, but since his high school sports are now over, he is not working out as much as he was before.
Comment by KLMkathy on July 2, 2010 at 8:37pm
Thank you Michelle and Carole for being here for all of us. I started a Boot camp countdown on My Page but I don't know how to do it here. It is really nice to see the days falling off. My son is going to the Dep meetings and working out with the recruits once a week. Have a great 4th of July everyone. Kathy
Comment by Dodie on June 1, 2010 at 11:38am
I know October is coming faster than I think, but it still seems pretty distant to me:) My son really hadn't been very physically fit prior to signing his contract. He started doing p90x w/his younger brother a couple of months ago which has helped his push-up and sit-up #s. Now that summer is approaching, he's thinking of starting to run.
Comment by Katiesmom on May 29, 2010 at 12:38am
Hi, I'm Stephanie (from Alaska) and my youngest daughter Katie leaves Oct. 6th, 2010.
Comment by KLMkathy on May 22, 2010 at 8:39am
Hi, my name is Kathy and my son leaves for boot camp on October 25th 2010. Nice to meet all of you. I have been exploring N4M's for the past couple of weeks and finding out lots of information. Maybe we could all meet on chat sometime and talk about our children and what we are doing to prepare for our kids leaving for BC. Maybe just to talk about our concerns.
Comment by dillndrewsmom on May 18, 2010 at 9:20pm
Hi There.... I am a Massachusetts Mom who's son is leaving October 4th for BootCamp.. so glad I found this .. so many emotions !!!
Comment by Dodie on April 27, 2010 at 9:22pm
Carole-Thanks for the welcome. I'm sure I'll have questions as time draws nearer. It just feels like Oct is so far off...

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