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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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 Paige ship14 div 161 PIR4/26 on March 20, 2013 at 7:27pm

Hi My fiance is currently in Boot camp but enlisted as a mineman. From reading all of these comments it look like he stays in Great Lakes for 6-12 weeks? and then goes to San Diego for A school? is this information correct? We were under the impression that he was going to Texas but found out that the base he was headed too has been closed. 

Comment by xraylady Ship 12 Div 071 on March 11, 2013 at 7:51am

My son is currently at GL finishing his ATT school (he graduates on the 20th of this month).  He will then go on to CA.  Sometimes they are on hold before they can begin ATT.  He was on hold for about a week.

Comment by Shndle (Ship 03 Div 163) on March 9, 2013 at 1:06am

My son just made it to GL February 28th & has a job a Mineman after BC, my understanding is that he will leave the day after PIR headed to San Diego for his A school which is 11 weeks, I have not heard about the 6-12 week self-paced training, have you heard anything else about this, xraylady Ship 12 Div 071?

Comment by xraylady Ship 12 Div 071 on December 26, 2012 at 7:12pm
My son was told by his recruiter that his Mineman A schooling would be in Texas, but I have since found out that is not true. It sounds like they have a self-paced training at GL after PIR for 6-12 weeks and then go on to CA for A school for about 11 weeks. Is this true, you moms who have been through this?
Comment by HoustonTXMom on December 2, 2012 at 8:05am
Our son is on a MCM Crew in Bahrain. He is a new officer having graduated from NROTC in May '12. He has been over there for a month and very much likes his Crew and the mine men community in general seem to be a close knit group!
Comment by sea_sick on May 9, 2012 at 7:52pm

What can y'all tell me about being a MN? Where is the training and how long for? How long for deployment? My bf just DOR'ed from SWCC yesterday and is now talking about becoming a MN. I was just starting to understand the SWCC world, and now I may be jumping into the MN world instead. Any info? 

Comment by Shelli 04/020 Mom on January 20, 2012 at 5:20pm

Oh, I am deactivated on fb for now (I am an addict with it), but the page is called Navy Minemen. Congratulations to you and your Sailor!!! Such an exciting time, SO happy for you both. :)

Comment by Shelli 04/020 Mom on January 20, 2012 at 5:16pm

It's hard to find anything isn't it?? There is a mineman group on here that hasn't had any comments in 2 YEARS. It seems they have the mn ratings grouped together there. I'll message you his name (I don't know if we should put their names out in the open pages) so you can ask yours if they know each other. He calls home regularly (he's sweet and knows I miss him :) and told me they just got a few more in last week. I'm so happy to find another mom too! 

Comment by KensMoM (09/042 ~ PIR 1/13/2012) on January 20, 2012 at 4:16pm

Hi Shelli


My son graduated last Friday, is at GL now for ATT school.  Do you have the link to the Navy Mineman page, I am a friend of a Group on FB.  There are not many Mineman families out there, been looking for Thanks for finding this page!!

Comment by Shelli 04/020 Mom on January 20, 2012 at 3:31pm

Hello KensMoM, My son PIR'd Dec. 13 but is still at GL for a few weeks before he goes on to San Diego. There is a Navy Mineman page on FB in case you haven't found it as of yet. What is going on with your son? Has he PIR'd yet?



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