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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.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Ajbrn replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"My kiddo left on 9/3 I don't know his division yet. I'm waiting for the form letter. Most days I'm okay but there are days that I just melt down with sadness. Being the oldest it's the first time we've been through this even…"
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B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hang in there!"
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ErikaWithaK replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"RTC announced last week that beginning with Div 409, the box is no longer being sent home. They will now be stored locally and returned to the recruits the day before graduation. Our form letter took 3 weeks as my son had to wait for a 900 division…"
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Bandmom replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Yes, wait until you get the form letter.  Sometimes they have to wait for the division to fill up so PIR is later.  Sometimes they get in a Push division so PIR is earlier.  If you haven't gotten the Box yet you will soon, and…"
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ErikaWithaK replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hang in there. The first few weeks are the hardest. My son graduated 8/9/19 and now i look back and kick myself for worrying so much. But hey, that's what moms do. I learned 1 thing to be true...no news is good news. If they get injured or are…"
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ShawnMom replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hi Duke0625, I don’t have a recruit in that division (mine has been in a few years now) but I certainly understand the part about having a hard time. It is such a sudden and complete transition. I allowed myself time to cry but also made sure…"
Wednesday
Duke0625 replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"I got a text message from this number dont really know who it is.  my son didnt really tell me too much about anything. i got an address but this very helpful lady has informed me to wait till i get the form letter.  it was kind of all a…"
Wednesday
Pooter527 replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"How did you get the pir date so quick? I remember waiting a bit to receive it. My son is 2 yrs in, in the ME.  I remember basic vividly. It will get better. Try to keep your mind busy."
Wednesday
Ajbrn replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"My son left on 9/3 I don't know what division is in yet. Waiting on the form letter from him. Mostly I'm fine except for every once in awhile I get sad. Yesterday at work I had two little meltdowns over silly things. When I got in the car…"
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Bandmom replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Duke 0625, My son has now been in the Navy for 2 1/2 years.  It seem like forever.  The motto "no news is good news" really is true.  If something bad happens you will hear.  This is the hard part of boot camp. …"
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Duke0625 replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"No I dont have any other kids.  I try to write but Im not a writer.  I started a letter last week but dont really know what to say and dont want to upset him.  I have been so stressed out that Im not sleeping at night.  Yesterday…"
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NavyMom9519 replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"My son left 9/5. I don’t know his Div yet. Have you been writing to him? The time will go fast. We will look back on this and be so proud of them. It’s hard letting them grow up! Do you have other children? I do not. I try to keep myself…"
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Division 409

My son left 09/02/19.  He is suppose to graduate 11/01/19  Division 409.  Are there any parents out there that have children in this division.  I have really been having a hard time.  See More
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"Welcome to NAVYforMoms.com!    Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community…"
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At 5:01pm on September 7, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Divisions 409 and 410 are brother divisions and train together and will have Battle Stations-21 (BST) together, so look for others with loved ones in either division. Write to your recruit and ask when Battle Stations-21 (BST) will be so you will know when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call.

There is info on your recruit's ship and more in Ship/Division--How it Works.

At 2:23pm on September 6, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Join NUKE moms; you may also want to check out Nuke A School FAQ and Nuke School Charleston. You may want to check out these facebook pages: Naval Support Activity Charleston, SC and Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Facebook page.

The Rating Information Card for NF can be found at https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/nukepower.pdf. (If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.)  https://www.thebalancecareers.com/navy-enlisted-rating-descriptions-nuclear-field-3345847 has some good info for you.

Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. Plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday.See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

Your Sailor may have Prototype in Ballston Spa, NY; if so, join Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NYat that time. Some stay in Charleston.

At 3:51pm on September 5, 2019, lemonelephant said…

I sent changes in a PM. PM's are found in the Inbox in the upper left.

At 3:35pm on September 5, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Arrival and What Happens at RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening and what to expect.

Be sure to join your PIR group once you get The Form Letter, which now arrives 9 to 14 business days after your recruit's arrival at RTC. Let me know when you know your recruit's ship and division. I will have more info for you.

At 3:34pm on September 5, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. 

If you would like information on your recruit’s rating (job/occupational specialty) or field, then let me know the rating or field. There are groups for most specialties and/or "A" Schools and knowing that will help you to better plan for PIR weekend.   

Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 10:51am on September 5, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to NAVYforMoms.com!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question. 

This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  

Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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