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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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CONFUSED AND FRUSTRATED!!-Need help with doing stuff on N4

Started this discussion. Last reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom May 1, 2010. 3 Replies

I'm starting to feel like a complete IDIOT because I just can't seem to figure out how to do things on this site. Although I dont't really do any social networking (i.e. facebook,mayspace,…Continue

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CONFUSED AND FRUSTRATED!!!-Need help with site!

Posted on May 1, 2010 at 11:35am 1 Comment

I'm starting to feel like a complete IDIOT because I just can't seem to figure out how to do things on this site. Although I dont't really do any social networking (i.e. facebook,mayspace, twitter...) I like to think that I'm somewhat computer literate and not a stupid person! When I click to add someone as a friend, it doesn't do anything. Does the person I tried to add as a friend get an invite from me that I don't see? Am I supposed to get a message of pending friends?When I tried to send a… Continue

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At 4:13pm on May 15, 2010, Addison'sBG said…
Thank you so much for checking in on me. Things are getting better. I have a hotel room and a plane ticket :) I am so excited. only 12 days. I'm a little nervous but I guess it comes with the territory. Not seeing him for 6 months is a long time but it is so short compared to how long his first deployment will be. I know I'm going to have a great time, I'm just so uneasy but exstatic about seeing him again for the first time.
At 10:43am on May 13, 2010, julie(Shane's Mom) said…
Just wanted to give a shout out to all the great ladies who have been responding to my posts,comments, etc. , and let you know how much I really appreciate you guys taking the time to get back to me. It's really nice to know there's someone out there who I can talk to, who understands what I'm feeling and going through, and who extend a helping hand when it's needed!! You're the best!!!
At 3:29pm on May 1, 2010, Addison'sBG said…
Julie, they might just know each other from being stationed in San Diego. My sailor is on the USS Jarrett, but currently indock in San Diego. He leaves for deployment in August. I don't think they are in like the same little group, but they probably hang out. I know those boys don't do too much outside of the Rec Center on base. Their friends are each other. As far as friend requests go, you are right about that invite button. It trys to make you invite your friends to join. The best way to send a friend request is by clicking on anyones name that has left an interesting comment on anything throughout the site that you relate to. When you click on their name it sends you to their page where you can send a friend request by clicking the request friend icon. I sent you one just a second ago. You should be able to see the request in the upper right hand corner of this page where it says alerts, ivite, your name....etc. I hope this helps. I look forward to hearing from you
At 2:05am on April 28, 2010, BunkerQB said…

Welcome to N4M. Your key to adjusting is finding support groups – Click on the underlined links:
1. New Moms Stop Here group. Think of this group as your orientation station. We have experienced members who can answer questions and point you in the right direction.
2. Depper’s… in but not yet . is a group for those just waiting for bootcamp to start (Delayed Entry Program)
3. Boot Camp Moms group. Is your son/daughter already in bootcamp? This is the group.
4. OCS Graduate Moms or the NROTC Moms. For those going to be an officer or going to NROTC?
Read this blog on how to use the N4M site.
Welcome to New Members
Learn to use the “Search” function. Search in blogs, forums, discussions in previously posted threads BEFORE adding a NEW blog/discussion. Finally, it takes time to learn how to use this site. Be patient.
Check your page & status box regularly.
Best of luck, BunkerBee and AbbyblueOK (from the New Moms Stop Here Group)
At 5:05pm on April 26, 2010, 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 featured 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 OPSEC Internet Safety Video

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

Elizabeth and Colleen

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