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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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.


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I am a mother of two, my first child will be leaving for the Navy in February 2014. I work full time. I have been married for 20 years to my husband.
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At 4:12pm on March 2, 2014, lemonelephant said…

I see you have joined your PIR group; I also invite you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) there. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 6:47pm on February 27, 2014, shannon said…
Ok ill be honest I am not tech savvy trying to figure this site out lol do I comment back or send msg? Lol u might unfriend me soon lol my son was the one who showed me these things:) is it ok to post their names? I dont know how many ppl are in each div but I would imagine they are all getting close. I hope they are making friendships to help them thru. My son is 21 but he has been my boy, still followed me around talking my head off. Pretty quiet these days.
At 6:24pm on February 27, 2014, shannon said…
How exciting! Weird but I feel a little closer to my son already! Being completely cut off from him has been harder than I could have imagined! Come on April 11th I need to see hes ok!
At 5:24pm on February 27, 2014, Rhonda (Sam's Mom) said…

Hey, Great to have you has a friend!  Funny thing... I used to work at La Petite academy in Papillian NE in 1987-1988.  Of course, this was several years before my SR was born.  It is nice to be connected with someone in the same ship AND div!  Thanks for adding me.  btw, I live in TN and raised all my kids here.  From StL originally.

At 11:44pm on October 30, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Join Sailors In Pensacola, FL For A School....Corry Station too!! and Parents of A School Sailors in Pensacola. What is your future Sailor's rating (job/specialty) going to be? There are groups for most of the ratings with "A" School in Pensacola. Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)t o help you know how to plan your weekend.

At 1:27pm on October 30, 2013, Lisa said…

hi!  My son is leaving on the 18th and will go to Pensacola following boot camp as well.  We live in CT.  This is all so new to us - there is so much to learn!  I just feel better hearing that someone is on the same track as my son.  He will do aviation electronics. How about your son? 

At 12:43am on August 27, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Join the group, DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in FebruaryYou will meet others with loved ones leaving that day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC. I also suggest you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions there.

Your future Sailor may want to join to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer him/her to some good links on there.


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