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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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Mother of two boys 21 and 19. The 21 year old is leaving for Boot Camp on April 21st. I have been married for 22 years. I am a Insurance agent. I love the beach and enjoy working out. Also enjoy having dinner with friends.
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hard day

Wow! I had no idea this was going to be so hard,  Brody left for Jax yesterday,  Did manage to talk to him for a bit at the hotel last night.  He sounds excited and a bit nervous.   Today he is swearing in and off to the airport, I hope he can manage a call some time today before the scripted call later tongiht.  I miss him so much and at times I feel like I can not even breath it hurts so much.  I know in my head that this is his dream and I could not be prouder of him.  But my heart is very sad.  I feel like I have been crying for days.  Waiting for the form letter and box. 

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Good day

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 5:58pm 2 Comments

Today is our sons 22nd birthday he was promoted to E3 and got his first signature on his qual card. That's a pretty good birthday Only thing to make it better would for us to be with him today. I am thankful I got to talk to him and wish him a happy. birthday. Feeling happy and excited for his future. Hope everyone is safe and sound.
Big navy hug

Survived the first night

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 9:02am 13 Comments

I had no idea how hard this was going to be.  We took our son to the recruiters office yesterday morning.  He did manage to give me a call last night from the hotel.  This morning he will be officially swearing in and off to the Chicago.  I know in my head this is a wonderful journey we are on .  He is living his dream but my heart is so sad.  I hope he gets a chance to call me while traveling today.  Waiting for the scripted call tonight. 

Left this morning

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 1:35pm 4 Comments

My husband and I took our son to the recruiters office this moring to send him off.  We got to spend about an hour with him before the shuttle bus came to take him to Jax.  I tried not to cry but needless to say that did not happen. The tears come in waves ok for a bit than it hits you like to brick wall.  You cry a little than try to assume your day.  This was so much harder than I had expected.  Looking forward to getting the form letter so I can start sending letters.


Leaves tomorrow

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 9:24am 3 Comments

Happy Easter to everyone!! Tomorrow is the day. Went out to dinner as a family last night. Great conservation and laughs. Feeling anxious about him leaving. The hardest part will be to not talk to him for so long. Collecting funny cards to send him. Have written a note to put in his wallet for him to find later. These next few days are not going to be easy. Happy to have other moms that can relate to how I'm feeling

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At 10:44pm on May 18, 2014, connie said…

I got my call from my son tonight, it was wonderful to get to talk to him, He  sounded great. It sure makes me feel better to know he is ok.

At 5:09pm on April 28, 2014, lemonelephant said…

Since your SR has a contract for Machinist's Mate (Submarines) (MM SS), join Sub Moms and GROTON, CT. SUBSCHOOL & "A" SCHOOL MOMS and check out the group, Machinest Mates, and Naval Submarine Base New London Facebook Page. The Rating Information Card for MM SS can be found at Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

At 11:49am on April 28, 2014, Navywife&mom said…
My son left same day as yours for boot camp. My son also is going to Groton for school. He is going for electronic tech. Stay in touch. We have a lot in common.
At 10:21pm on April 23, 2014, 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. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at the RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. 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 9:31am on April 22, 2014, lemonelephant said…

Thanks for the Friend request; I hope we can be around for some time to support each other. If there is ever anything I can help you with, don't hesitate to ask. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 6:14pm on April 13, 2014, lemonelephant said…

Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in April. You will meet others with loved ones leaving 04/21/2014 or that week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC. I also suggest you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions there.

Your future Sailor may want to join to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer him to some good links on there.

At 12:41pm on April 9, 2014, 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! :)



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