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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At 7:24am on March 19, 2016, MAMA_C said…

Good morning; Here is a better article I am sharing with others NM's I thought we should know.  This will give us little more understanding what going with our children.                                                                                                                                                          

At 6:09pm on March 16, 2016, MAMA_C said…

There is a terrible article I just read from Japan's Mom. Pray that it does not effect all bases in Japan.  This would be so disappointing for my son and everyone else.  His independent liberty means everything f him.  This link is anyone who's sailor is stationed in Japan.

At 5:07am on March 14, 2016, MAMA_C said…

Good morning HuffyMom23,  I couldn't sleep so I go up to check my fb's and emails and had a photographic articles about the USS Barry and I thought about your son. at Yokosuka  

At 5:57pm on January 7, 2016, Punkysmomma said…
Hi there...haven't been on here in awhe myself. My son is enjoying A school in San Antonio. He was able to be home for the holidays...this momma was very thankful! He will be headed to Washington next.
At 11:03pm on April 3, 2014, HuntersMom said…

Thank you for my message you left me!! I don't get to come on here much and I was happy to see a message from you. Its really hard to let our kids go, my boy is the baby of the family and its really hard to let him go on his own and grow up. I miss him so much. I know the Navy is the best babysitter there is but I still worry. I have 2 boys 19yo & 23yo, and even though I was proud of my son enlisting in the Navy I was sad too. So I look to babying my dogs right now lol.. Its hard to let go of that momma role, they will always need their moms I don't care what they say lol. I know you must be very proud of all your kids. Hugs

At 10:57pm on February 12, 2014, lemonelephant said…

You are very welcome.

At 1:34am on February 12, 2014, lemonelephant said…

Check with the PAO on the announcement.

At 8:55pm on November 5, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Since your SR has contracted within the PACT program, the information within Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) Program will be of interest to you.

At 12:16am on October 31, 2013, lemonelephant said…

I see you have joined Great Lakes A School Q&A; you will also want to jon GL A-school moms. You can also check out the Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes Facebook Page. You will be able to enjoy extra time with your Sailor following PIR. (See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend.) What is your SR's rating (job/specialty) going to be? There are groups for many of the ratings with "A" School at GL.

At 10:18pm on October 21, 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.


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