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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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Melissa mom of Chip
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I have been a Navy Mom for the past 6 years. It was hard at first but now I love it and enjoy getting to visit my son at his different duty stations. Back in August 2007, my husband and I took on the raising of our Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews. We are going to court this Thursday, April 9, 2009 for Total Permanent Guardianship. The kids are really great kids and enjoy living here in Springfield alot. They are all getting A's and B's on their grade cards. I have a 17 year old girl who will be 18 this month, a 15 year old boy who will be 16 this month, an 11 year old girl who will be 12 this July and a 10 year old boy. I raised two boys so raising the girls is a lot different. We are making do. My husband lost his job back in July 2008 but so far we are not in real bad straits. We both love the accomplishments that our Navy son has made and are looking forward to going to all the different places that he goes to for Duty Stations. We try to let one of us go each year so that we both get to spend time with him.
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When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
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Do not worry about your child. He is in good hands and will be taken care of. He will have lots of travel experience and lots of chances to see all parts of the world and experience all kinds of situations in life.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 5:10pm on August 6, 2009, carols_kitchen said…
Would love to have you join the Prayer Wall group. It's powerful.
At 1:57pm on May 8, 2009, Susan mom to Niko said…
You did send along your info... I have you on the list! I have deleted your comment from my page as it shows to everyone... Never know who is looking... boy does that make me paranoid or what???
At 2:42pm on April 16, 2009, Dawn said…
Hi Melissa, I tried to add you on myspace but got it couldn't be found. If you'd like to add me my url is

At 2:07pm on March 11, 2009, Susan mom to Niko said…
Thanks so much for volunteering! I have added you to the rescue list!
At 6:49pm on February 20, 2009, Dianne said…
HI Melissa, we have a great zoo here in Omaha. The college world series (baseball) is played in Omaha every year. There are a lot of new areas with great restaurants, movie theaters here in Omaha too. Then of course there is the Hustker football team in Lincoln. Offut is kind of in the boonies, but not far from Omaha. Joanne is right it can be extremely cold here and tornadoes are no fun. Summer there are a lot of thunderstorms too. We are originally from California, have lived here 2 1/2 years. There are things I like and things I really don't like. I'm sure your son will make many great friends at Offut. If he ever needs anything us Moms in the Nebraska group are always here!
At 1:04pm on November 7, 2008, Melissa mom of Chip said…
My son is an OS2 on the USS Curtis Wilbur. He has been there since December 8, 2006. He is due to come home some time after the first of the year. Don't know which month. He will be going to his next Duty Station at that time for 3 years. Yes it is hard to have him so far from home. I was lucky and was able to go visit with him last December for 17 days. I really enjoyed myself. The country is just beautiful and the people are very friendly.
At 9:20pm on October 22, 2008, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Hello & Welcome to N4M’s!
My name is Catherine the Admin and I want to thank you for joining us! To help you know the “Do’s and Don’ts” for the community- I wrote up a quick little ditty for you to read. So click here and read them (pretty please with a cherry on top because the rules are enforced)! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns afterwards- please don’t hesitate to contact me.
So, enjoy your time here and I'm looking forward (along with the community) to reading more about you. :D
Sincerely, Catherine

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