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 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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  • Westport, WA
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Riptide11/128's Friends

  • KellynKaty(corps-Mom)
  • Teresa43insc
  • justin'smom
  • Navy Mom Lisa (Ship 11 Div. 128)
  • Ragdollrae HM A school SA
  • Bebe
  • Gigi (Ship 11 Div 128)
  • jenine(Ship 07 Div114)
  • kandio(ship 3 Div 081)
  • Mushell (USSCVN70)
  • mumziepooh
  • Hunters_Mom_12/092_MAA
  • Craig

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A little about me:
I have a 21 year old who got to bootcamp on Feb 9. I've recently found out he's in 11/128. Life is lonely without him.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
In the NROTC program
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Needed to learn more about it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
It's one of the "safer" and honest branches of the military
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 10:04pm on March 4, 2011, Bebe said…

Riptide...tell me about you and your SR...are you ready to for the PIR?  We made our plans the day after getting the letter...just so excited. 

Nic is a great kid.  I have another son Ray.. he's 24, a brainiac...just finished his masters at Chapman University...already looking for another grad school.  Nic had a hard time in college--he admitted it just wasn't for him..always thought the Navy was where he'd end up.


Just so cool to actually have someone to talk to about my son and what he's doing...

At 6:33pm on March 1, 2011, Hunters_Mom_12/092_MAA said…

Hi Riptide, I really like your PIR group ~ lotsa aloha and gusto! My SR has Battle Stations Wed/Thurs this week so I am waiting on the "I am a Sailor" call. Going a bit nuttsy here... haven't heard a peep since 2/17. Now asking myself "Why did I raise him to be so darn independent?"  Logically, my brain understands the 'No news is good news', my heart does not and is having trouble with that creed...

This Mama is long overdue. Lol 

At 7:05pm on February 18, 2011, KellynKaty(corps-Mom) said…
I have another question. Do they come home at all after A school?
At 6:07pm on February 18, 2011, koz_1316 (ship 2 div 921) said…
My husband left on 2/9 also! I haven't received anything yet, 
have you? I know he's in ship 2 div 921, but that's all
I know... Well I hope all is well with you and your sailor!
At 4:09pm on February 18, 2011, KellynKaty(corps-Mom) said…

I wished I knew how much or if he is scared. He wont tell me..He's just ready to go. He counts the days on his fb ..And every day I get more sad and scared.I am getting his going away party togehter so thats keeping a little busy, not enough though.. What is the form letter? I've heard of it but not sure what it is..

Have a great day!


At 2:31pm on February 18, 2011, KellynKaty(corps-Mom) said…

Hi.. yes the waiting was bad. I thought something was wrong with me...But here we are..But, I am still learning the site. Where is the friend request. I'm not seeing it..

And yes, this mom thing ..Raising him was a breeze,it's letting him go that hurts so bad..I've never been with him. He's my only child..

Has your child already left for bc ? Mine leaves March 28th..

At 4:39pm on February 17, 2011, Teresa43insc said…

Thank you for excepting my friend request, it helps so much to read the post and to know that I am not crazy for feeling the feelings I am having. Tying to explain it to people who haven't gone through it is difficuilt and they are so supportive and their love is great but to be able to talk to others that know and share the same feelings is a wonderful blessing.


At 10:00pm on February 16, 2011, justin'smom said…
Yes, this is difficult, but they will have a better future for all of their hard work!  When do you anticipate your child's PIR to be?  I think my son's will be 4/8, but no official word yet.  We are planning to drive to Great Lakes (from Pittsburgh) for his graduation.
At 5:27pm on February 16, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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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