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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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.


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Darlene replied to Darlene 's discussion 'Boot camp' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
Feb 18
Darlene replied to Darlene 's discussion 'Boot camp' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Thank you so much. I've read the posts and they are very helpful. I haven't received a letter yet from my son. Although, he received letters and pictures from me, his Dad and brother. He's asked for running shoes, so we've mailed…"
Feb 18
Darlene replied to Darlene 's discussion 'Boot camp' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Thanks! Yes, I've received 2 calls from my son. Happy mom!! It's so good to hear his voice and that he is enjoying his time and everything he's learning! I really appreciate your response, any details willing to share are eagerly…"
Feb 18
Darlene liked mom2blondies's discussion Blue Candles
Feb 13
Darlene liked belovedbyHim's blog post Welcome to the Navy! Everything will be ok! (revised)
Feb 12
Trey replied to Darlene 's discussion 'Boot camp' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"welcome Darlene.. have you gotten any letters or calls yet?  Be on the lookout for area code 847 which is waukegan.. or just answer all unknown numbers for the time being...  I wandered around my house numb for days at a time.. but I got…"
Feb 12
Darlene added a discussion to the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

Boot camp

Hi all, my name is Darlene. My son is in his 4th week of boot camp and I'm completely new to the military life. I'm excited for him but nervous for the unknown. I'm open to any advice you are willing to share. Thanks.
Feb 12
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) left a comment for Darlene
"Welcome to Darlene!    Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! -…"
Jan 16

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I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
needed to learn more about it, was proud and encouraged it, had concerns or fears
Our Navy experience so far...
has presented us with many questions.

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At 12:45am on February 12, 2024, Chipmunk said…

Darlene - Welcome aboard! I am the mom of a veteran now but I stick around the BC Mom group and several other groups on this site to keep offering encouragement. I follow along those who join the BC Mom and loved ones group and see that you are a recent new member. We are glad you have joined the group. 

I encourage you to come to the group page, scroll down to the bottom where you see the Comment Wall and come say hello. Even if you are waiting for your child to leave for BC, feel free to still ask questions. The Comment Wall is the best place as more of our members will be notified of a posting there. If you are viewing this site on a mobile device, we recommend that you put it into desktop mode. It is much easier to maneuver around the pages on a computer screen in my opinion. 

At 12:18pm on January 16, 2024, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Welcome to Darlene!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question.  This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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