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.


Momma Karen
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  • Stevens Point, WI
  • United States

Momma Karen's Friends

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  • MyBug
  • Appleblossom
  • Stef's Mom USS Bonhomme Richard
  • mommyruth(Jennifer's mom)
  • Pat (MP)

Momma Karen's Discussions

STG training in Point Loma

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anti M Aug 19, 2010. 3 Replies

My daughter is leaving later this month for San Diego. My husband has offered me a trip to see her in the fall. The problem is traveling solo. I need to find something close by her base, that's…Continue

Already loving this Navy life my daughter chose...

Started this discussion. Last reply by BunkerQB May 11, 2010. 2 Replies

She's only in boot camp but already the support from people I have never even met before is amazing!My husband met with a gentleman this morning who is retiring from the Navy later this year, right…Continue

Ship 6 Div 932

Started this discussion. Last reply by meamon Jun 20, 2010. 30 Replies

My daughter is in this division....anyone else?

Got my kid in a box today

Started this discussion. Last reply by ChrisAmo May 4, 2010. 1 Reply

My daughter's box arrived today.....I was so hoping to have her address by now.  She arrived in GL on April 28th.  I called the recruiter twice today.  This morning he said he got her address on…Continue


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A little about me:
Mom of 4. Oldest daughter enlisted in 2010. Youngest son leaves for BC in January.
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Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Don't make plans!
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 11:55pm on January 27, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Comments on this page are for you. Others do not see them unless they happen by. To reply to a comment here, click on "Comment Back" or "View Thread" (you will have to do that if the person has their profile set to "Just My Friends") below the comment.

At 11:51pm on January 27, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link).

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP Code to one that is not easily associated with your recruit.

At 11:32pm on January 27, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at the RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 3:23pm on January 26, 2016, Momma Karen said…
Thank you!
At 1:32am on January 24, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Since your recruit will go to “A” School for Mass Communication Specialist (MC), join Mass Communication Specialist and Parents whose Sailors are stationed at FT. Meade. You will also want to check out Fort George G. Meade, Md Facebook Page.

The Rating Information Card for MC can be found at (If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.)

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) to help you know how to plan your weekend.

At 9:48pm on January 19, 2016, 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 8:25pm on May 27, 2010, Stef's Mom USS Bonhomme Richard said…
Hi Ladies, My husband and I are staying at the Candlewood Suites in Waukegan and we plan on being at the meet and greet. I am so excited for our girls. I was in the Navy and so was my husband, so we know how it is to be in boot camp. This is an exciting time in our girls lives. We are so proud of our daughter. We need to be praying that they can pull together. I guess they are having a hard time getting any flags. I know how that is because my company didn't get any flags until the last couple weeks of boot. They just need to focus on being a team and not themselves individually.
At 9:37pm on May 16, 2010, Anna said…
I see you found our Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you. So your daughter is in boot camp now? Come join our chats in our group - there is someone on every day. We are a close group of moms who have daughters in all stages of Navy life - from newbies to those whose daughters have been in for several years - from officer to enlisted!!! We support all our sailor girls and each other also. We look forward to learning about you and your sailor!! Again, welcome aboard!!!!
At 1:23am on April 11, 2010, BunkerQB said…

Welcome to N4M. Your key to adjusting is finding a group where you can feel comfortable and get answers to your questions – Click on the underlined links:
1. New Moms Stop Here group. You should think of this group as your orientation station. We do have a number of experienced members who can answer questions and point you in the right direction.
2. Depper’s… in but not yet . is a group for those just waiting for bootcamp to start (Delayed Entry Program – a depper)
3. Boot Camp Moms group. Is he/she already in bootcamp? Or just about to go in? This is the group.
4. OCS Graduate Moms or the NROTC Moms. For those going to be an officer or going to NROTC?
Read this blog to get a jump start on how to use the N4M site.
Welcome to New Members
Of particular importance is the use of the “Search” function. You should do searches in blogs, forums, discussions for answers in previously posted threads BEFORE adding a NEW blog/discussion. Finally, it takes time to learn how to use this site. Be patient. Check your page & status box often.
Best of luck, BunkerBee and AbbyblueOK (from the New Moms Stop Here Group)
At 11:38pm on April 10, 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. Browse around the site and 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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