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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At 3:52pm on August 2, 2011, jacqueline-rn said…
Hi, Patty.  I've been thinking and wondering about you and your son.  Is he home yet?  Feeling better?  Still determined to try again in six months to a year?  I hope things are going well with you.
At 2:11pm on July 8, 2011, jacqueline-rn said…
I'm so glad he's feeling better physically!  Now he just has to see the up side of going on to Plan B! :-)  I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even if it's uclear what that reason might be.  He hasn't lost his dream of being a sailor, the time table just isn't what he originally thought it would be.  He's had a sneak preview of boot camp.  He can be better prepared than any other recruit.  That's an advantage, right?  It's okay for him to be disappointed that it didn't go exactly the way he wanted.  But don't let him feel  too sorry for himself.  It wasn't wasted time.  It was a bonus prep session.  It's all how you look at it.  I really believe it will all work out.
At 2:31pm on July 5, 2011, jacqueline-rn said…
Hey, Patty.  I've been thinking of you and your son and hoping his treatment for his pneumonia is going well.  I also hope you've been able to get some more information.  Medical people can be a real pain in the you-know-what sometimes.  It helps if you can answer them back with some of their own medical jargon.  [What are his O 2 sats?  Has he been afebrile?  Have you done blood or sputum cultures?]  Then they pay attention to you and answer your questions instead of just blowing you off with "we're taking good care of him.  He's stable".  Yes, I am a nurse, but that doesn't mean that I don't recognize that we can be jerks sometimes. :-)   Let me know if I can help.  Of course, even if they are trying to be helpful they can't tell you anything unless they have a release to talk to you.  It's the law and they could get in an incredible amount of trouble.  Anyway.  Keep your chin up.  Jackie
At 10:59pm on August 12, 2010, abbyblue said…
At 4:20pm on August 12, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. At the top of your page check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community.
Also, check out this OPSEC Internet Safety Video

Enjoy your time here and we look forward (along with the community) to
reading more about you! :)

Elizabeth and Colleen

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