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 11:32pm on April 23, 2013, popasmom said…
It was very emotional opening a box and seeing my SR things...waiting on the letter.
At 11:02pm on April 23, 2013, Bri Guys Mom said…

My box came too and same as you I was not home!  I left the slip as well so hopefully will have it tomorrow.  Brian's recruiter sent me his address today.  I am going to send 2 letters even though the other Mom's say I should wait till I am sure it is the right address.  I figure when my official letter comes I will double check it and if it was wrong I will just send all future letters to the right address no harm no foul!  I can't wait to hear from my son I am sure you feel the same way about your daughter.  Hang in there and keep in touch!

At 11:58pm on April 20, 2013, Recruit Man - Ronny said…

I am sure I have them in my sent folder...What was the email address you used again..I will find them and send them again...that is terrible about the flight problems...I just got back from great lakes and I had several delays on thursday and then again today

At 3:30pm on April 9, 2013, Recruit Man - Ronny said…

You are so welcome...:)

At 9:41pm on April 8, 2013, Recruit Man - Ronny said…
Welcome to  My name is Ronny and my son has been in the Navy since February of 2012.  He is currently stationed in San Diego with a Helicopter Squadron.  He is an Aviation Structural Mechanic.  I hope you find all the info you are looking for here, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.  My son is 3rd Generation Navy, so I do know a little about the Navy..:)
If you have a new Sailor who is in Boot Camp, or leaving soon, visit and I will send you FREE Pre-Paid Phone cards for your SR to use while they are in boot camp.  I started that program when my son left for Boot Camp :)
Welcome Aboard and I wish your Sailor Fair Winds and Following Seas.
At 9:36pm on April 8, 2013, Anna said…

Oh, sorry - - forgot about the question regarding travel from the airport!!!!  The Navy has buses they use to transport all the incoming sailors to RTC.  They usually always travel in small groups and they will be instructed where to go and will get picked up and delivered right to RTC. 

At 9:33pm on April 8, 2013, Anna said…


I would have her take $30 or $40 in cash but make sure she has a bank card for whatever account will have her check sent to.  If no one has told you or her yet, she also needs a deposit slip for her account so they can set up her automatic payroll.  With a bank card, she can make any purchases at the NEX.  I don't remember my daughter needing cash for anything else.  She never mentioned any problems.  Also make sure she has a small address book where she can write down important phone numbers and addresses.  It's amazing how we all get so dependent on our contacts lists in our cell phones that we completely forget to memorize phone numbers.  With all the stress they have it's easy to forget someone's number!!!

At 12:13am on April 4, 2013, lemonelephant said…
At 11:17pm on April 3, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You are very welcome.  I'm glad I could help,

At 5:01pm on April 3, 2013, Anna said…


I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!! We are a friendly caring group of moms and are always willing to listen, share and help each other whenever or wherever we can.I see you are new to Navy 4 Moms and your daughter leaves for bootcamp soon.  Please feel free to join our chats, we love talking about everything from work, family, weather - whatever. Plus the joyful and anxiety filled journey of being a Navy Mom!!!  Let us support you when you're missing her, lend an ear when you need to vent, and celebrate with you when you want to brag!!  We look forward to learning about you and your sailor!!!  Enjoy these last few days you get to spend with your precious girl and then let us help you through those difficult days when she leaves.  We've all been there!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!


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