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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."

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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My son is a new recruit - Just left today for BC!

Started Dec 10, 2013 0 Replies

Thank you to all of the moms who have given me different links to check out!  I can't wait to go through them! DeniseContinue

Son is at airport now waiting for flight to Chicago for boot camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by DeniseA ship14 div 84 Dec 11, 2013. 2 Replies

Hello everyone!  I'm brand new to the site.  My son is waiting at the airport now for his flight to Great Lakes. I'd like to begin his album, but am curious as to which Navy boot camp service medal I…Continue


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At 10:06am on February 13, 2014, Jersey Sam said…
They gave it out during the ceremony in the private room before PIR start. Contact his officer whom your son is directly under.
At 10:39pm on January 21, 2014, lemonelephant said…

Welcome back. Don't forget to make change 3.

At 10:39pm on December 15, 2013, Jcatherine1981 said…

I got the box on Friday, but of course no letter yet. :(  I'm doing okay.  Already looking at travel planning for PIR.  I wish I could drive there, but odds are the weather will be bad for that.  I guess I'll wait to see when I have his actual PIR date before I worry too much.

How are you doing?

At 10:39am on December 15, 2013, ⚓ darsatm ⚓ said…

also wait for the formal letter with his correct ship address as they move them around at first as the navy is forming up the different divisions.

At 10:36am on December 15, 2013, ⚓ darsatm ⚓ said…

Good Morning DeniseA,

yes the chat tab above gets you to the chat room for all N4M, vets and newbie.

there is a lot of support there from everyone.

please join us real soon.

glad ur son arrived at RTC safe. now the hurry up and wait begins

first the KIB= kid in the box=all his personal belongings, be sure to check his shoes for his cell phone if he took one and his pockets for a possible note.

next in about 7-10 days comes the formal letter with his PIR date and the password for the parking pass for graduation day. keep that letter safe.

hope to talk to you soon in chat.

At 6:49pm on December 10, 2013, Jordans mom said…
My son got to bc last nite.
At 6:25pm on December 10, 2013, lemonelephant said…

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

At 6:24pm on December 10, 2013, 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. What is your SR's rating (job/specialty) going to be? There are groups for most ratings and/or "A" Schools and knowing that will help you to better plan for PIR weekend. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 6:23pm on December 10, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You can add a comment to a current Blog, Discussion, or group that you are a member of by adding a comment or reply. There will be a box or the option to click Reply and a box will open. You can start a new Discussion within a Forum or in a Group by clicking Add+ and you can add a new Blog the same way once you go to the Blog tab. If you start a new discussion or Blog, be sure to give it a title because Ning will use the first 200 characters as a title if you don't. Always check the date of anything that you are responding to and make sure that it is recent. People have searched and found things from several years ago and the info may or may not reflect how things are now.

At 4:10pm on December 10, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Since he has sworn in and is on the way to BC, you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" above to "Enlisted." Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in December  to connect with others with loved ones who left today and may have PIR together.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and PIR Reference Information. Once you know your SR’s PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created. There will be a lot of great information and support for you in those groups. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions within the groups. Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening, but you will also want to check out the other Pages in all of the groups.


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