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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Parents whose Sailors are stationed at FT. Meade


Parents whose Sailors are stationed at FT. Meade

Site for parents who might have sailors stationed on Ft. Meade

Members: 60
Latest Activity: Jul 9, 2020

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Comment by Stevensmom on July 2, 2015 at 6:42am
Phase 1 I think lasted about a month. He still had liberty on the weekend during phase 1 just not as long. We didn't visit during phase 1 but I believe they could leave with a buddy from 9-5, phase 2 they had until about 12 or 1am also with a buddy. We are still in phase 2. In general, there are no overnights during phase 1 or 2. Phase 2 it has been a little over a month so far. I know he was hoping to be in phase 3 this week but was denied....
Comment by JackRussellMom on June 28, 2015 at 3:49pm

Thank you everyone for your advice. I have a few more questions if anyone can help me. I know there are like 3 phases that he will have. Do you how long phase 1 and 2 last. Also I don's live too far away and was hoping to go down on the weekends to visit. At what phase does he have liberty on weekends where we can take him out? Can he come home on weekends? It's a 3 hour drive. Thank you all for helping me.

Comment by Stevensmom on June 28, 2015 at 7:16am
I also remember he did not have a lot of extra room to add things to his pack. I personally would start a care package to mail with his laptop, extra civvies, etc. congrats and enjoy!
Comment by JackRussellMom on June 27, 2015 at 7:57pm

Thank you so much for that info. :)

Comment by NavyMom93 on June 27, 2015 at 7:37pm

JackRussellMom, he can have those things, but it's like kathy1155 said, you have to meet him at the airport and give them to him there. That being said, it was a little while before he could use his laptop, but he could use his cell phone right away.  I think it might have been a month or two before he could use his laptop, but he should be able to wear his civvies right away. 

Comment by kathy1155 on June 27, 2015 at 7:20pm

We were  able to take all those things to our son last year at his PIR.. However, we could not give them to him until he was at the airport to leave, since he was not allowed to bring them to the base.

Comment by JackRussellMom on June 27, 2015 at 7:06pm
My son is in BC and his PIR is 7/24/15. He called me today and asked me to find out what I can give him to take to Forte Meade. At first he said that I could bring his cell phone, computer and civies to him to take there after PIR. Now he is saying he is not sure if he can take all that and for me to find out. Can anyone help me.
Comment by sailormom_fla on March 9, 2015 at 10:31am

BootsnPanama, my son just graduated A School at Fort Meade last month.  He is still there, now in C School.  Although the courses are difficult and require a lot of studying, he loved it. I'm sure your son will too. Best of luck to him!

Comment by BootsnPanama on March 7, 2015 at 8:27pm
That is good to hear NavyMom93. Thanks!
Comment by NavyMom93 on March 7, 2015 at 4:34pm

BootsnPanama, I'm sure he will enjoy it.  My son went through A School at Fort Meade and loved it.  He still misses being there!


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