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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"Hi BlueBunny, Just like Chipmunk said, the sailors are in quarantine for the first two weeks before there bootcamp begins.  Like I mentioned in my post it took about four weeks before we received the Form letter with his mailing address and…"
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A little about me:
Hello, I am married and a mother of 4. My third son just graduated bootcamp and is going into the nuclear program. I am a high school librarian. I am from Salinas, California. My son is the first in the family to enlist in the service. I am new to this.
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has been positive and maturing., is challenging and exciting., has presented us with many questions., is a work in progress!

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Bootcamp just ended!

Posted on September 13, 2020 at 10:05pm 7 Comments

Hello everyone!

I'm so glad I finally found this network!  My son just finished bootcamp and arrived in Charleston Friday night.  So far I have been happy to hear his voice 2 days in a row. But he'll be busy this week before he starts school.  

Take care all who have loved ones in boot camp, it will seem like a long time but they will be proud of their accomplishment and happy to hear from you when they get that first chance.  We only got one call from him when he arrived and…


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At 11:17am on October 5, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Hi CarmenJS - I was just going to mention that you have some comments on your blog that you might want to make sure you reply to. I don't recall how to set up your settings on your profile to make sure you are receiving notices when people reply to your blog but there is a way to do it. 

Be sure to come post in the comment section on the Nuke Moms page and say hello over there every so often. My son has been in the fleet for over a year now and so I don't keep up with the news  at GC as much as I use to. So, it is always good to see new faces posting information. 

At 11:20pm on September 13, 2020, Chipmunk said…

CarmenJS - Welcome to the Nuke Moms group. I just saw your blog you posted. You are not a member of BC Mom group but you have a great message for all of our members there. I will see about copying a link to your blog. - My sailor is a Nuke and out in the fleet now. 

At 7:45pm on September 13, 2020, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Since your sailor is going through the nuke program please join our nuke moms group.  Here's the link:

Nuke Moms

At 7:42pm on September 13, 2020, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Welcome to!   

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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