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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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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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Kimberly Joy
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From Boy to Man

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chipmunk Mar 17, 2022. 17 Replies

Before joining the Navy my son was kind of on the shy side. He was interverted and played video games non-stop. When he spoke to people he mumbled, didn't look at them, and paced nervously. Once in a…Continue


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Saltybabe replied to Kimberly Joy's discussion 'From Boy to Man'
"My son left for boot camp yesterday and your post struck a cord. We have not yet received “I’m Here” call so I am aimlessly reading posts. Hearing such positive, compassionate comments about your young mens growth is really…"
Mar 17, 2022
Mom-of-5 replied to Kimberly Joy's discussion 'From Boy to Man'
"Thank you for sharing, Your sons story is encouraging. My son left Yesterday, September 1st. The 11:30pm "I'm Here"  phone call was a hard one. I am excited watch his story unfold. The minutes have passed by slowly. I hope the…"
Sep 2, 2021
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) replied to Kimberly Joy's discussion 'From Boy to Man'
"Hi Lancrtrackmom - this is an old discussion from 2011 so the original poster might not still be around.  Come on over to the boot camp group and post there - I left you the link in the welcome message on your page ;-D"
Aug 29, 2021
Lancertrackmom replied to Kimberly Joy's discussion 'From Boy to Man'
"Your son sounds like mine.  He is on the track team and nothing else. He was at MEP Thursday and Friday. Just watching him take charge of the process was amazing. He is 17 and grew up in front of my eyes. He is now in DEP and will leave July…"
Aug 29, 2021
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Northwoodsmom replied to Kimberly Joy's discussion 'From Boy to Man'
"Oh my gosh, are you talking about my son, it sounds exactly like him. It is a miracle how the Navy can do in 8 weeks that I couldn't do in 26 weeks."
Feb 3, 2020

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A little about me:
I am so excited for my son. I really enjoy being a Navy mom and I am so proud of him. I let him know he will be serving our country, which is the number 1 agenda of joining the armed forces. He actually LOVED boot camp because he learned so much. He is looking forward to school and joining a fleet.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
actually how few bases we have here compared to all the other armed forces. I never gave it a thought that since it is an amphibious force of where the bases would be.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 4:52pm on May 8, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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.

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



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