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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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Ramada Inn Waukegan

Started this discussion. Last reply by kdmac1 Aug 15, 2012. 17 Replies

Has anyone stayed in the Ramada Inn or PIR.  We booked there but after reading the reviews I am a little nervous.  Most were not that good.  Please let me know if you have and what your experience wasContinue

PIR gifts

Started this discussion. Last reply by ebigirl Jul 7, 2012. 4 Replies

My husband and I are extremely proud of our son and we were wondering if anyonise has any ideas about a git for his graduation.  We would like to get him something but are not sure what.  Any…Continue


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Phone call

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 9:21pm 0 Comments


Posted on September 17, 2012 at 10:20pm 5 Comments

Hi I was wondering if anyone else Sailor is having trouble getting paid.  My son has not been paid for the last 2 checks.  When he asked about it he is told they will pay him over time which does not sound right.  Payday is Payday

He is going again tomorrow to talk about this again.  Hopefully he gets this taken care of soon.  He still has college loans to be paying

2nd son at MEPS

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 2:33pm 3 Comments

We just got back from dropping my 2nd son off at the recruiters office to go to MEPS to take his ASVAB and physical.

I have a son that just graduated from boot camp and is at Nuke School.  I am really nervous I hope I can make it

thru another 9 weeks.  It was so much harder than I thought it would be.  I am real proud of both my boys for making 

such good decisions.


Posted on August 3, 2012 at 9:17pm 4 Comments

I have a sailor that just graduated from boot camp and now my other son wants to join which I am all for .  My questions is I know that if you have asthma they will not take you but what about sports induced asthma when they

were in middle school.  He is not on anything for it.  Does he have a chance of getting in

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At 8:16pm on August 17, 2012, MarianneKT's Mom said…

A Tiger Cruise is when family and friends can take a trip on the ship.  Not all ships offer them.  For Katie's ship when she was in Japan on the USS Essex, we traveled from her homeport of Sasebo to the Navy base in Yokosuka.  We were on the ship 4 days and 3 nights.  We slept in berthings, ate with the sailors, had special activities on board.....Some ships on the pacific coast go from Hawaii to San Diego for a longer curise.  On the east coast I have heard of ones from Mayport FL to Norfolk VA.  Other ships just do 'family cruises or 'day cruises where there isn't a limit of age, sex or spouse.  The Essex allowed wives, but I have heard that those in the states don't normally do that.   Hope this answers your question on what is a Tiger Cruise.  How are things going for your sailor?


At 9:27pm on August 3, 2012, MarianneKT's Mom said…

Hi kdmac1 - you're not too far away...I'm over in Superior Twp the other side of Ypsilanti.  What rate is your son?  I see that he just recently PIRd.  My daughter's PIR was 12/5/08. Katie is a DC.  Last weekend we were in Sterling Heights--some of us carpooled.  It worked out great!

At 11:25am on June 21, 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! :)


At 5:27pm on June 19, 2012, Recruit Man - Ronny said…

Welcome to!!

I hope you get all the information here you are looking for.  Please stop by the Survival Guide for New Moms for some of the info to start with.  
If you have a new Recruit and need phone cards for them please check out Calls for and get them for FREE.  I feel that the Family, Loved Ones, nor the Men and Women of our Armed Forces should have to pay for phone calls from Boot Camp.  The link above will take you to the website to send the email for the FREE phone cards if you need them.  Please spread the word if you know of anyone who can use this great service!!!


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