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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A little about me:
I am a single mom who raised my only child, a son. I work full time in the automotive sales and leasing business. I live in the beutifull adirondacks and most importantly I am so glad that we mom's have a place to go for support. Letting go is the hardest thing I've ever had to do!
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Needed to learn more about it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
It is a personal decision for each individual. We each know our childs capability's, strenghs and yes weakness's. It's a decision that when they want to explore it further a parents support is everything. It took my son over 3 years to make his decision on what branch he wanted to serve and I went with him to each recruiting officer he spoke with not only for support but to help in asking some questions that he may not have thought of.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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3rd week in and just recieved letters!!

Posted on July 3, 2011 at 4:23pm 2 Comments

Yeah!!!!! I recieved my son's 1st letters yesterday almost 3 weeks to the day, so moms and dads that are still waiting hang in there!! His comic humor really made me laugh and I took it as a good sign. He called the rdc's similar to satin but in human form, lol!!! His letter was actually really funny, though I know deep down it's the hardest thing to date he's done at 18 1/2.Have not gotten the phone call yet, though my phone is glued to my hip. I did notice he was originally in ship 09 div… Continue

" Just recieved the form letter!!!!"

Posted on June 21, 2011 at 12:28pm 0 Comments

1 week to the day I said goodbye to my son I recieved the form letter, his handwriting was so nice and neat. I was like this is a good sign. Great little note on the inside and because it has the return address I immediatly sent out the 2 letters I had already written!! Hopefully he gets them by Sunday. He is on ship 09, div 249. I really would like 1 more ticket for his girlfriend to come as well. August 5th. Can any one tell me do they ever make exceptions for 1 additional person to come?????… Continue

I just recieved the "box"

Posted on June 18, 2011 at 11:13am 0 Comments

I just recieved my son's "box" with his personal belongings in it and a small note that said "I love you guy's" on a small tiny piece of paper. What I was curious about is I know the next piece of mail I should be recieving is the "form Letter" can somebody tell me whats on this letter? Doe's it have my son's return address, and what else may be on there?

My son arrived at boot camp yesterday!!

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 11:31am 3 Comments

After a long journey from the adirondacks to chicago, il, I finally recieved the call from my son that he was there. What made that phone call even better was all 3 of his closest friends were over checking in on me to make sure I was doing ok when this strange number appeared on my phone. Knowing that I would get that 1 call once he arrived I picked up that phone to hear his voice say "mom I'm here". All of us starting yelling and cheering, I hope that gave him some strengh and encouragement… Continue

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At 11:07pm on July 18, 2011, acesmom(ship:03, Div: 249) said…

I got another letter today, that's 3. and still no phone call.


At 10:41pm on June 27, 2011, theraysmom(Ship11 Div 244) said…
Yes I did I got a real letter last week. Have you heard from yours Yet?There is a group for those who PIR is 08/05/2011. I encourage you to join I am not that great at the computer but if you would like to join.  Just go to all groups and put in the PIR date and you will find it Great to have another Mom to share with.
At 1:08pm on June 27, 2011, Lisa Brown/Cory's MOM said…
Hi mom4 life!! I got yor message! You are the second mom that I know of that has a son in the same DIV and Ship! I love it! It just takes a little time on the site to get familiar. It will come. Please stay in touch and let me know if you hear from your son this week. I am hoping to hear something!
At 11:43pm on June 21, 2011, Nan(Ship 9 Div 247) said…

From everything I have read there is a more than good chance that if you take a 5th person they will get in to see the PIR.  They just wait till everyone on the list gets in.  Just have her take her ID. If by chance she doesn't get in, at least she can see your SR after PIR.  Good Luck.

At 9:25pm on June 21, 2011, Leslie (ship 10/ div 257) said…
Thanks, I'm waiting.......
At 3:26am on June 16, 2011, Sharmyn (Nuke MM) said…
Thanks! Call came inat 11:45...I feel a bit better now.
At 6:49pm on June 7, 2011, MidwestMom said…
I've got you added.  I try to log on once a day at least, but sometimes work and family get in the way.  (And the family thinks I spend way too much time on here!)  :)  Hang on...the June members are awesome!
At 5:08pm on June 7, 2011, jfuddy1 said…
Thank you mom4life-give your son my name (jimmy futty) and tell him to look me up on facebook.
At 1:29am on May 28, 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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