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.


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My son is in Engineering / MM / Hydraulics and works on the anchor, capstan, rudder, and F-18 elevators

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At 9:53pm on November 7, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link).

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP Code to one that is not easily associated with you or your Sailor.

At 9:44pm on November 7, 2016, lemonelephant said…
At 12:38am on November 5, 2013, 2catsn2sailors said…

Sorry for the long delay. I just moved two weeks ago and started a new job. I'm starting to unwind and catch up on computer/internet things.

At 11:04pm on October 31, 2013, Gail1957 said…
Hi Rivermom! My son is a Hull Maintenance Technician (doing mostly welding) Has 1-1/2 years in so far with 1 year on the RR. He bought himself a Harley (:/) and loves riding around San Diego on his free time. He wishes he could qualify for a barracks room on base - how about your son? I love getting on this site and reading what other moms are writing which is often the same things I am feeling! Love having a Sailor - this was the best thing my son could have done at this stage in his life (he's 24)
At 4:49pm on October 31, 2013, Tracy said…
Hi My son is on the USS RR as a aviation machinest mate. This is his first trip out on the ship. Lol not sure if that's the right wording. I am finding it hard not knowing where or how long they will be gone. I'm a new Navy mom. My son graduated A school in June. They say it get easier, I hope. But I am finding so many questions left unanswered. Can they receive packages on the ship?
At 2:15pm on March 24, 2013, cheryl ship3/div311 said…

Hi Rivermom...where are you from?  Im in Alabama. Talk to you soon.

At 12:59pm on February 26, 2013, Jensensmom-Lesli said…

HI Paula, Mu daughter has been in since May 2011. She is a QM. You are going to love this got me through boot and deployment. Look forward to talking with you.

At 7:18pm on February 25, 2013, momand4more said…

Hi River Mom, My son arrived on the RR on February 11th and I am having one of those days and I miss him so much...

At 3:24pm on February 25, 2013, Oneofalot said…

Hi, river mom. Nice to meet you. Were are you from. I'm from Lynnwood, Washington

At 10:30pm on October 10, 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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