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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."

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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A little about me:
I am a mother of 3- dtr who is a college grad and preparing to start more school, my SR recruit who also has a twin going to college. I will be an empty nester....did not realize how emotional I would be....but each day IS better. I am also celebrating a 25th anniversary this week. I am a RN, but the joy of my life is my family....I am beaming with pride in all of them, but will miss them being home....but love that they are confident in going forward in their lives. Gonna miss them though!
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it

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At 5:54pm on November 14, 2013, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Hi Kathyc - just wondering how everything turned out for your son?

At 2:33pm on October 29, 2013, BunkerQB said…

Seek out Tom (click on link below and send him a friend request) and speak w him privately. He is a retired ETCS (SS) nuclear instructor. You son will be OK. He'll have to take whatever punishment deemed appropriate at this time. Underage drinking is taken seriously. But I truly believe he will be OK at the end. Here is Tom's link.

At 2:23am on September 12, 2012, Amanda NavyMom/ArmyMom said…

Thanks Kathy, I have my good days and bad days. I've had people try to compare it to going to college, but it's not. Being cut off from communication is the key.

At 5:34pm on August 23, 2012, BoxinatorMom Ship11 Div331 said…

This is thrilling. I agree. This site is great and allows us to share and  assist. I am doing better than last week. And I am happy to have a date and something to keep me busy! The going away party was great, but afterward - like as I was preparing to take son to recruiter, I realised I had been burrying my head in the sand so as to not think about him leaving. It was tough going!! I also had the added emotion of my son's first girlfriend and -SHEESH- what a mess. She is now off to college, we have a letter and a date and the world is lookin' a bit more cheerful.  All this OPSEC stuff makes it difficult. Necessary, but still wierd! I find it easlier to talk to someone going through the same mess as me. Friends are great, but they haven't been here. And family (well mine anyway) is  clueless! LOL!I have visions of us all at PIR calling across the space "kathyc"!!  "boxinator"!!  "mommaNavyson"!! "hopelessinSeatle"!!  Should be interesting, right?

At 4:08pm on August 23, 2012, krucker said…

Yes!! I can't believe how excited I was to get a box of dirty clothes!LOL I watched some of the videos on his phone too I was laughing and crying at the same time. it's been a long week......I have always talked to my kids everyday, even when they would go to their dads or to my parent's house in Texas. I am so ready to hear his voice. I talked to the recruiter today he said he was Ship 11 Division 336. How are you? How's everything going?

At 10:21pm on August 22, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to NAVYForMoms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our
Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video and this Survival Guide for NavyForMoms Newbies that was created by one of our members.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :)


At 6:31pm on August 20, 2012, krucker said…

i cant wait until i get the box!! I dont know why ive seen those clothes a million times I think its just a little something of him. So crazy I know:) Im glad you got yours this site does help.


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