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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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Looking to book air flights.

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I'm trying to book flight to Great Lake, for my sons PIR Oct. 18th . We are coming from Sacramento, CA. Does anyone have any suggestions getting the best airline price. we will be needing a car too.…Continue

Looking to book air flights.

Started this discussion. Last reply by BunkerQB Sep 5, 2013. 4 Replies

I'm trying to book flight to Great Lake, for my sons PIR Oct. 18th . We are coming from Sacramento, CA. Does anyone have any suggestions getting the best airline price. we will be needing a car too.…Continue

Acronyms for the Navy

Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 26, 2013. 2 Replies

What are form SR letters , I see a lot if moms getting them

What's a form SR letter

Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 26, 2013. 1 Reply

New to all of this and there are so many acronyms .


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A little about me:
Hi my name Michelle and I was born in California almost 50 years ago. I've been married for 19+ years and have 4 kids and 2 grandchildren . I have a hair replacement shop in Livermore, Ca. and really enjoy my job, to me it's not a job it's a place of my own to go where I make a difference in other people's lives. My family and I attend the Catholic Church in our town almost every Sunday. I have always tried to be involved with the kids activities at school and out side of school. I'm really looking forward to Navy for mom, my son will be the first in a long time to be joining the Navy right out of High School, and he has also earned his Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America. Ok enough of me let me get going on this application. One more thing before I sign off , I am going to need all the support as I let my son go onto his next step in his life.
Thank You and God Bless
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Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
They wanted only people who wanted to go in and that is not as easy to get into the Navy as I had thought . They have a higher expectation then other branches.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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Airline ticket

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 8:18pm 1 Comment

Hello all my friends, my son hopefully gets to come home for Christmas from A school . How do we go about making reservation on the airlines for him and getting the best deal.

(inexpensive) Hotel Suggestions near Great Lakes Naval Base??

Posted on September 1, 2013 at 4:14pm 2 Comments

Just got a call from my son and found out his Boot Camp Graduation ceremony is October 18 and was wondering if any of you know of any hotels near the base for fairly inexpensive? Thanks!

First Sunday at Boot Camp

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 11:33pm 1 Comment

Today would have been my sons first Sunday at Boot Camp . I wanted to know what they do on Sundays. Is this a day off or work/training as usual.

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At 10:15am on August 24, 2016, lemonelephant said…

I sent step by step directions for the changes in a PM. PM's are in the Inbox that is found in the upper left.

At 9:23pm on May 30, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Since your future Sailor will be in the Nuclear Field, you will want to join NUKE moms and you may also want to check out Nuke School Charleston and Nuke A School FAQ.

The Rating Information Card for NF can be found at (If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.)

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.

Your Sailor may have Prototype in Ballston Spa, NY; if so, join Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NY at that time. Some stay in Charleston.

At 9:22pm on May 30, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Join Airman Family and Friends. You can also check out HAWAII (OAHU) and/or Pearl Harbor, HI. What vessel is he on, if one?

At 3:28am on October 14, 2013, lemonelephant said…

The Page, 800 and 900 Divisions, within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will be of interest to you since you have a recruit in a performing division. I believe that Division 949 is Ship Staff/Honor Guard.

At 6:31pm on September 1, 2013, Julie said…

Hi Michelle, My name is Julie and My daughter Kayla left on August 20, 2013.. She is in Ship 11/Division 396 But she is also graduating on October 18, 2013.. I wanted to let you know that I book my hotel with NAVY LODGE which is very affordable and only 1.5 miles from base the hotel also has a shuttle. I hope this help you. God Bless Julie

At 9:38pm on August 26, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Comments on this page are for you and others won't see them unless thay stop by as I did. Being excited about a box of dirty clothes from your recruit is very normal. See Arrival and What Happensat the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and join that group while you are there.

At 8:13pm on August 26, 2013, Michelle said…
Did I mention FedEx left a tag for pick up, it's from son and even though I know what's in it I'm still looking forward to getting it. How silly is that.
At 12:36pm on April 26, 2013, 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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