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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FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET STARTED:
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 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).
**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED. Vaccinations still required.
**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.
RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021
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 there, I am brand spanking new and my son leaves today for boot camp. I am so surprised at how empty I am feeling. I knew I would be emotional but this overwhelming sadness is unexpected. I am…Continue
"Sandy-- Your feelings are NORMAL!!! and NO Boot Camp for any branch of the service is NOT like sending them off to college!!! College they can call anytime they want, You get to go see them anytime you want, You get to go help them get set up in…"
"Hi friends been since July 20th since my son left for GL miss him awful one minute I am ok next crying. People say it's like he's at college. Uh no so different. I feel once he calls replies to letters I can breathe. He had his vaccine…"
"Hi Sandy. Welcome to Boot Camp. Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy…"
"Hi feel the same here all . Son just left yesterday. Where and when can we send mail to them? We have to wait until we get the letter first even for sandboxx? Also will they be able to see sandboxx as they have to give up phones correct?"
And welcome to our group we are glad that you are here. BBH posted her blog two comments up and that will help explain a lot. No question is ever dumb and someone will answer you. You should have gotten your scripted call your loved one…"
"Becky -- Everything you are feeling is NORMAL!! I'm posting on Your page but please keep in mind that everything is subject to change! IT seems lately that as soon as we think we have an idea what is happening, it changes yet…"
"My son left on Wednesday
My heart is empty and I also am surprised how sad I am. I do not come from a military family so this is all very new. The 7 day before ship out meeting was very disorganized. Asked to be changed at the last minute and…"
"Lisa Lou and Annie,
Welcome!! Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy Speak and you…"
"Hi Annie and welcome to our group, please ask any questions you may have. No question is ever dumb and someone will answer you.
Staying busy is key and start writing now so when the form letter comes you can mail your letters off right…"
"You are very welcome. My son and I did the same when he left to and he said he would read my note when he needed to. :) Mine has been in for almost 4 years now and I stay and help out the new moms that come on board.
The journal writing…"
"Hi Annie. I too am so very sad. My son told me he was sad too before leaving. My heart broke. I did leave a note in his wallet for him to read when he gets home sick. These next ten weeks are going to be so difficult. I can't wait til I can see…"
"Thank you for the wonderful advice. I love the Blue candles idea and I will incorporate Red on Fridays from now on. I hit an extreme low yesterday but I realize that I need to stay strong for my son. This group I feel is going to help me."
"Thank you so much. I did review the links provided and I just wrote a loving and encouraging note to my son to put in his wallet. Great suggestion. My son is not a writer so I do not expect letters from him but I plan to keep a journal and when I…"
"Good Morning Lisa Lou I love your name by the way. Your feelings are very normal at this time. The first weeks of silence are hard and that is ok. I always say if you have to cry then cry. There is a great amount of support in this group and we will…"
Good Morning Lisa Lou - I posted a reply to your discussion. I see that B'sNukeMom has welcomed you - she is one of the site admins that I referred to in my reply to you. She also gave you the link (see the blue letters on boot camp moms) to that group which I recommend that you join and ask all of your questions.
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 Guidelines and 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!!
Your NAVYforMoms Admins
Please note - there are blue hyperlinks up above. Click on them and they will take you directly to the groups.