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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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.


  • Female
  • Bluffton, IN
  • United States

TraceJ's Friends

  • SoCal Ohana
  • navyjet
  • Philip'sMom (Deb)
  • Sweet Dreams of my Sailor
  • lenamarro, ship 09 Div 046
  • evanzmom (ship 03 div 117)
  • Kim
  • Jangee
  • Katze90210 (3/113)
  • Ruth
  • indymom
  • FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW
  • Smile09 AD/HM Mom
  • llj

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A little about me:
My oldest just left for Great Lakes on Feb 22. I have 4 children and stay very busy working at home.
I am here to support my
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When I heard “Navy,” I...
Needed to learn more about it
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Being informed and knowing what to expect made things so much better. Having other people to share experiences with and hearing that it was normal to be emotional and upset was comforting.

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At 11:18pm on June 4, 2012, Kaye S. said…

Hi, "TraceJ," and welcome to Indiana Moms! Sorry to take this long to extend greetings, but I've been busy becoming a grandmother! Had to spend a few weeks with my sailor and his new arrival :-)

I'm the administrator for the group, so if you have any questions, please ask. My son is a Nuke MM serving on the submarine ALABAMA, berthed in Bangor, WA. He's been in for six years.

If you're near Indy (or willling to drive), there's a monthly informal dinner in Avon (just outside the west loop) which meets on third Mondays. You'll find the details for any month's dinner on the Events calendar (right-hand column) by clicking on any 3rd Monday. From time to time, we also have regional gatherings in various parts of the state.

Jump in with any questions or comments you may have. I think you'll find we're a nice bunch of folks and always willing to lend an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Hugs! k.

At 5:31pm on March 21, 2012, evanzmom (ship 03 div 117) said…

Hi TraceJ :) My son hasn't told me much about being an RRPO except that he sits in an office and writes passes for other SRs to attend services?? I don't really know. He said in his last letter that he likes it and it is a stress reliever from his normal activities. The funny thing is that we aren't religious people and he has never attended church, so no idea how he ended up with this duty! He told me he had been asked early on to do a different duty (leadership of the division somehow) but he had refused because it was a lot more responsibility and no more money!!

At 7:35pm on March 1, 2012, Jangee said…

Hi tjcoyne! It is very comforting talking to other moms. We're all in the same boat, so to speak. My son Brandon was considering the Marines about a year ago.  I'm glad his final decision was the Navy. He's headed to Pensacola right after graduation. We'll keep in touch!

At 4:06am on March 1, 2012, FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW said…

Closing the Main Room in Chat will make the site run better.

 To close it or rather disconnect, go to the far right box from the Main room. It has a green dot in it. Click it.

 Another box will open directly above it that has a chack mark and says Connected to Chat. Click that. The green dot should turn red and you are now disconnected from Chat and the site should respond better.

Anytime you want to get on Chat, just click the box with the red dot and a box will appear above it telling you are disconnected...Click on the "Go online" and the dot will become green and you can open up the main room again.

 If it is STILL can try a different browser. Sometimes IE users have some slowness...and they try Mozilla or Chrome.

To send a private message using the N4M PM system:

Click "Inbox".

The "Message" page will open.

On the far right next to the status box is "+Compose". Click it.

The Message page reopens but with a box that has all of your Friends, it says "Send To" next to it, on it and then the Subject/ Message area.

Check the box next to the friend you are messaging and then enter the Subject, your message and click send at the bottom.

Its always a good idea to double check who you have clicked before you send. Under the "SendTo" box on the right it will show how many you have selected.

You may select more than one friend at a time to send the same message too.

The email message:

Messages sent this way have been sent as a group message to ALL the members of a group. These kind go to the personal email you have listed in your Settings...NOT the personal messaging system on N4M's. It is just a way to contact all the members of a group. But not many know how it works and don't use it. Also, some have changed there settings so that they do not receive emails from N4M's. You can do this in "Settings".

To fnd the Member in the email... will say it is from Navy For Moms if it is a group message to all the memebrs of a group.

Then look for this:

A message from ##### (their username) to all members of ######## (the Group it is from) on Navy For Moms!

Now, you have their Username but you can't click it or anything to find them. So, I would go back to the group it is from and see if they have posted recently on it OR type it exactly how it is into the Search engine for N4M's in the blue bar at the very top of the page.


At 7:13pm on February 28, 2012, Pat said…

I see that you were able to find the look further into groups...check out the 'tabs' just under the Navy for Mom banner at the top of this page. You will see a tab that says 'groups'. Click on this and then you can search for just about anything. Congrats on his being in the performing division at boot camp.

At 2:41pm on February 28, 2012, 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! :) 


At 1:22pm on February 28, 2012, BunkerQB said…

We have a Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie (clickable link). You'll find everything you need to get started. Videos, PDF files of boot camp processing days, links to all the important groups plus tips on how to use this site. Keep in mind the videos and PDF files may take some time to download the first time you try it. It'll look like nothing is happening. Be patient. Best part is it'll be here on your very own page as a reference. Click the MY PAGE tab on above menubar to access your page anytime - you should do it at least once a day to see if you have any postings on your comment wall (like this one). Good luck.


At 1:14pm on February 28, 2012, Pat said…

Welcome aboard!  Come join us on the Indiana page on this website.


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