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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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TravelAddictedNavyMom replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Logistics when leaving for boot camp' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"@Happynurse, how did your drop off go?  My son leaves via Jax next week and I'm curious if I should take him up there or only to the recruiting office.  "
Sep 21
belovedbyHim replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Logistics when leaving for boot camp' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Lara -- Welcome!! At the TOP of this post you will see a blue hyperlink that says "Back to Bootcamp Moms (and Loved Ones)" That will take you to the Main Boot Camp page.  Near the bottom of that page you will see a chat box, just like…"
Aug 23
Lara replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Logistics when leaving for boot camp' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Does anyone know, do they use the $20 to get a phone card at NEX (or whatever the store place is called as I am a new mom to all of this). I have seen references of recruits getting cards when they are there but not sure how they pay for it. Thanks…"
Aug 22
Happynurse commented on lemonelephant's page Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"I received the info from Sandbox today with my SRs address.  How will I know if she has been placed in FIT.  Her recruiter seemed to think that was a probability."
Jul 27
joe-mom replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Looking a head a little' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"As I recall, my son had to check his seabag and had us bring his small gym duffle bag for the few items he could carry onto the plane. The only extras we brought him were his good running shoes, a couple of sweatshirts and swim trunks. He…"
Jul 24
belovedbyHim replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Looking a head a little' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
""Private" travel they nearly NEVER travel in Uniform.... In fact they are told NOT to do so!!! This is because they could become "targets" in the event of hostiles on the plane.  Not a likely scenario but it's all part…"
Jul 22
belovedbyHim replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Looking a head a little' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"After BC, they can check their seabags and they have a black backpack and their Dress uniforms they have to carry.  They don't have a ton of room so keep in mind that she may edit what she takes from GL and she cannot take ANY of it back…"
Jul 22
Diahn replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Looking a head a little' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hi Happynurse - my son’s PIR was in May and he flew out to Pensacola the next day. Before he left for boot camp, he picked the things he would want in Pensacola and boxed them up for us to send when he arrived there rather than having to deal…"
Jul 22
Q’s Momma replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Looking a head a little' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Chipmunk – Yes, everyone was in their dress whites!"
Jul 22
Happynurse replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Looking a head a little' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"This is great information  Thank you so much! Stephanie"
Jul 21
Happynurse replied to Happynurse's discussion 'Looking a head a little' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Thanks that was vey helpful!"
Jul 21

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A little about me:
My daughter is scheduled for Boot Camp on 7/24/2023. She has been accepted into the Nuclear Engineer program. She is very excited but knows it will be hard work. I am so proud of her choice to go into the Navy. It was her idea.
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
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Will help her on a long term career path.
Our Navy experience so far...
is challenging and exciting., is a work in progress!

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At 1:14pm on May 16, 2023, Anna said…


I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!! We are a friendly caring group of moms and are always willing to listen, share and help each other whenever or wherever we can. Please feel free to join our conversations on the group page, we love talking about everything from work, family, weather - whatever. Plus the joyful and anxiety filled journey of being a Navy Mom!!!  Let us support you when you're missing her, lend an ear when you need to vent, and celebrate with you when you want to brag!!  We look forward to learning about you and your sailor!!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!

At 12:31pm on May 12, 2023, Jennifer said…
Hello Stephanie, my son ships out June 22nd, he is enlisted as a corpsman( I hope that's the right word?) I'm still a navy mom in progress. I am trying to Google all the things I need to know, because having a 17 year old SON is like talking to a toddler at times and other times, my heart is so overfill with pride because he helps me learn things. I never thought the day would come when I couldn't teach him something, he's the teacher now.
At 4:16pm on May 11, 2023, Chipmunk said…

Stephanie - I sent you a friend request. I tried to reply to your question on the Nuke Mom page, but I feel like there may be an underlying question you are not sure how to ask there. I wanted to be able to converse with you a little more on it, and we can do that as friends through the private message option on this site. 

I am not a part of the DEP group, so I cannot answer your question about NFCU versus USAA, you might want to ask that in the BC Mom group as well. 

At 12:02am on May 3, 2023, belovedbyHim said…

Welcome Stephanie.
I'm another of the moms who has been here for a while and I try and help our new moms get their bearings.  I have a blog that will be helpful for you as you get ready for your daughter to leave for BC.

I hope that you will find your way back to the main pages and that you are able to see all our answers!

At 3:59pm on May 2, 2023, Chipmunk said…

Stephanie  - Welcome to N4M and the BC Mom group. I am one of the "seasoned" moms that volunteers on the BC Mom group and I welcome new members when I receive a notification that someone has joined. I apologize for my delay in welcoming you, I have been busy. 

I saw your post on the main BC Mom group page and replied to you as well as Northwoodsmom also replied. I encourage you to also join the two other groups that B'sNukeMom gave you the links for below. My son is also a Nuke, about to finish up with his enlistment, but I also have his wife, my DIL that is a Navy sailor as well (NOT Nuke), who is planning on staying in for 20 years and so I will be around for awhile at least. 

At 10:07am on May 2, 2023, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Here's 2 groups you might also want to join (click on the link):

Nuke moms

Moms of Daughters 2

At 10:03am on May 2, 2023, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Welcome to!   

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.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

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!!

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