This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Navy Speak

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


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Welcome, Niffer!

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A little about me:
I am the Mom of a soon to be Sailor. He is my only child and my world. I am so proud of him for joining the Navy!
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it

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At 8:10pm on September 24, 2012, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…

Hi there, I got your message. Sorry I was subbing and my 4th graders were at specials but my signal was not good enough in the building. I tried calling back but I guess it was your work phone number. You can call me again now or tomorrow after 3:30 pm. I am not set up to do credit cards over the phone but I do accept checks or money orders. When you call I will give you the address to send the payment. Thanks so much for the order and for your kind words. I really appreciate it and please spread the word about the ribbons and other items so others know how to find me :-) Talk soon, Lala

At 1:48pm on September 7, 2012, krucker said…

Yep last friday night was our first game:( My cheerleader was out there but my football player was not. His friends kept coming up asking about him, have I heard from him, how's he doing etc. I asked my husband would it be inappropriate if I invited all his friends over after the game!LOL I miss him being home and everyone hanging out at my house.....tooo quiet!

At 7:19pm on August 31, 2012, lovecmilk (ship11div332) said…

just saw that your son is in the same ship and division and im wondering if you have received any letters yet!? im so anxious! 

At 10:37pm on August 20, 2012, sandi (Ship12,DIV321) said…

Hang in there Niffer. You are not alone. :)

At 11:01am on August 20, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…

Hi Niffer, I say your post in the boot camp moms group about writing letters and everything sounding boring. I had the same thought, and even wrote it in one of my letters. My son wrote back "keep writing. Your letters aren't boring. I love getting all the mail."

I've written him every day since he left over four weeks ago. Trust me, the letters are getting really mundane.

At 11:41am on August 19, 2012, sandi (Ship12,DIV321) said…

Hang in there Niffer .It is hard to swallow.Just stay strong. We are all in this together...:)



At 10:52pm on August 15, 2012, AllisonNV said…

Hi and welcome to BC Mom's! My SR arrived at BC on August 6th and I know exactly how you feel. I still have my moments when he's heavy on my mind and I start to cry again. I miss hearing his voice and thats the hardest part for me. We are all here for each other, just take it one day at a time... :) If you have any questions, just ask. Be strong!


At 8:22pm on August 11, 2012, abbyblue said…


Q&A. Boot Camp Videos, Recruit TC Link, Sample Form Letter, Navy Acronyms & more.


At 2:11pm on August 10, 2012, 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.

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



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