This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.
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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!
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.
**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). Still limited to 2 guests maximum.
Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.
RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021 - ONLY 2 GUESTS ALLOWED
MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED.
NO MASK, NO ENTRY
**UPDATE - 2020**
Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.
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 isno 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.
Hi! Can anyone give me advice on things that MUST be done before son leaves for BC? I am a little anxious about the whole process. I just want to make sure he has what he needs, I haven't been real…Continue
"Wingate by Wyndham was a decent hotel. Room was clean and staff were nice. Located right by the Gurnee Mills mall. Visited our sailor who has been gone since March, he was able to get a CHIT so we had him Friday & Saturday overnight and Sunday…"
"TV, hang in there, it gets better. Calls may or may not come, no news is good news!! Really!! My sailor graduated from BC in June. He left in March and I haven't seen him yet. Quarantine worked out to be good for my sailor, got him acclimated…"
"GAMOM - I'm glad you are finding your way around. Be sure to click on the links that LeAnn left you up above (and I also left them for you on your page). This will take you directly to the groups that you might want to join. …"
"Thank you, LeAnn! I am not used to posting on any social media so I have just been reading other post to try to find my way. So sorry I didn't respond earlier and I am truly thankful for your willingness to help! My son is in BC at Great Lakes…"
"Good Morning Gamom and welcome to our group. We are glad you are here.
I remember you when you were posting back in March. So if he is going to OCS use the links that LeAnn gave you.
If he is going to Boot Camp here is a link for you:
Hi! Can anyone give me advice on things that MUST be done before son leaves for BC? I am a little anxious about the whole process. I just want to make sure he has what he needs, I haven't been real impressed on the communication from recruiter to my son but could be due to son not asking for the information. Any info will be greatly appreciated! Thanks! See More
"Welcome to NAVYforMoms.com!
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…"
GAMOM - Welcome to the BC Mom group. Would you please clarify, is your son enlisting and going to Great Lakes for BC or is he going to Officer school elsewhere? I saw that LeAnn had posted on your BC question and so I did not reply as my son is enlisted. The BC Mom group is primarily made up of enlisted moms and is all about information for Recruit Training Command at GL.
Recruit Training Command Home Page (navy.mil) - That is the link for the RTC I will try to get back with you when I have a confirmation of where your son is actually headed. The best place to ask questions though is on the BC Mom group page, be sure to scroll all the way down the group page, past the discussions and post in the comment wall area since more members follow those postings.
We all volunteer our time on here and Saturday can be a little hit and miss.
#1 priority before he leaves, make sure he has a valid driver's license for your state. If he had a vehicle check with your insurance company on how to insure once he is where he will want a vehicle.
#2 (not in any order) get a POA for all his needs medical and financial, especially if you are not on his bank accounts as a joint owner.
#3 Get his passport.
#4 Set up an account with NFCU for his direct deposits to go into and then get the accounts linked with his other local bank account and make sure you can transfer money to his bank accounts if need be.
#5 Get a calling card for a paid phone so he can call you from BC if he is going to GL. If not able to, then he should be able to buy there. His accessories need to be black, so a solid black watch, an inexpensive Casio works fine, wallet we were told should be black as well but I don't think that matters as much.
#6 Make sure he takes his cell phone and charger. He will use this to make his initial "I'm Here" call and then it will be boxed up, and he will go to ROM (restriction of movement ) quarantine at Ft. McCoy. He will be given back his box before going to A school. He will pack up the clothes on his back, so he may want to wear his nice tennis shoes, and just a comfortable pair of clothes and jacket for the plane ride.
He must have his SS Card, his driver's license if he has one and his bank account information with him. (Those should stay on his person in a concealed place.)
Keep a note in his wallet with addresses, phone numbers, a couple of stamps, and some moleskin for his shoes, and also a short note to encourage him as it is taking about 4 - 5 weeks for our moms to get their form letter with the address and then time for them to get the letters from you. Read these with your son.
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 Guidelinesand 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.
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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Please note - there are blue hyperlinks up above. Click on them and they will take you directly to the groups.