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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.




Mineman Moms

My son arrived at RTC on 11/15/11.  His current contract has him as a Mineman and I am looking to see if there are any other Mineman Moms out there that have sons/daughters who are going in or have just arrived!  Mineman is such a small community that it is hard to gather information about the rate, and would like to hear stories or talk about what our children are doing!

Members: 58
Latest Activity: Jan 6, 2021

Discussion Forum

mom needing to know if there are any other mineman moms

Started by mary. Last reply by Patty Nov 13, 2019. 13 Replies

My son has recently arrived at Great Lakes andf I'm wondering if there are any other moms out there that have sons there.  He's waiting to get started.  It will hopefully be soon.  He has met one…Continue

Navy Mineman Mom

Started by Dodoapple2. Last reply by Justasailorsmom Oct 26, 2018. 5 Replies

I don't really see lots of mineman discussion here.My son is currently in Point Loma, San Diego, CA. Was told that he will be there for his A School till Aug 2017, then he will be off to his next…Continue

Leaving for bootcamp Oct 8 2014

Started by FREEBIRD6819 OCT 8TH BOOTCAMP. Last reply by Michelle0120 Aug 1, 2015. 2 Replies

Hi all… my son is leaving for bootcamp on Oct 8 .. he is going to be a mine man.. any information would be very generous.. as far as schooling and the job itself.. I have another son who is a 2nd…Continue

leaving for bootcamp 9/10/14

Started by kathy. Last reply by Julie-Jake Nov 22, 2014. 3 Replies

My son is leaving Brooklyn NY 9/10/14 for the great lakes as a mineman.  He is in the reserves.  Does anyone know how long it will be, can we stay at the Navy lodge, and how long will A school be in…Continue

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Comment by Minemom on June 10, 2014 at 3:44pm
I told my son to work hard in A school so he would have more of a say in where he would be stationed. I didn't want him in Bahrain.
Comment by junebug14 on June 10, 2014 at 3:44pm

That's good to know!! And that is 13 weeks? How long is C school?

Comment by Minemom on June 10, 2014 at 3:42pm
The choices for his deployment will come halfway through A school.
Comment by Minemom on June 10, 2014 at 3:41pm
Both A and C schools are in San Diego
Comment by junebug14 on June 10, 2014 at 3:16pm

Where is the C school or is the Guam Bahrain Japan and Charleston the choices for that?

Comment by Minemom on June 10, 2014 at 2:49pm
Let your boys know that everything gets better after school is over. Guam, Japan, Charleston and Bahrain tend to be the contract choices after school. Bahrain tends to be the last choice...for obvious reasons lol
Comment by Minemom on June 10, 2014 at 2:36pm
My son loved San Diego. Enjoyed the schools and was happy he got to fish everyday lol.
Comment by junebug14 on June 10, 2014 at 12:48pm

My son is in San Diego right now. He has been there since 5/14/14. Just started his classes yesterday!!!! So excited!

Comment by lupner88 on June 9, 2014 at 11:04pm

That's awesome Minemom!  My son is so anxious to finally be a part of the Big Picture!  Had orientation today for school in San Diego.... he already loves it there! 

Comment by Minemom on June 5, 2014 at 9:23pm
My son has been in Japan for 3 weeks now and absolutely loves it. He's contracted there for 3 years. He's happy with his ship and crew and says he loves not just being a "number in the Navy"....says being a part of a small crew makes him feel like he's making a difference somehow. Love hearing that.

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