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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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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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mother of 3. It's my youngest who has joined the navy. I work as a hospice nurse.
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When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
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so far my only experience is that my son has been in the sea cadets for the last 6 years which has been so great for him.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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My boy to a man

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 12:15pm 2 Comments

My youngest son graduated from bootcamp Aug 31.  I was used to seeing my son in a uniform because he had spent 6 years in the sea cadets but this was different.  He wore the uniform differently.  He walked differently.  He talked differently.  His attitude was different.  He has transformed into a man in just those 8 weeks. He got his heart broken the day after PIR by his girlfriend of one year who decided that she "needs to figure things out"  but he handled it with maturity and grace.  He…


Feeling so helpless and frustrated...

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 2:19pm 7 Comments

I can't seem to shake this feeling of dread.  I have gone all week without a letter from my son who is in bootcamp and I can't help but worry that it's bad....REAL BAD.  All of his previous letters were so upbeat and he has wanted this for so long but I'm getting information from other mom's in his division that their son's are saying they aren't doing good and they may hold back the entire division 2 weeks before PIR.  I know that if I haven't received a phone call telling me there is a…


Just need to vent...

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 1:11pm 7 Comments

My youngest left for boot camp on July 2nd. I am very proud of him and supported his decision to join the Navy.  Even signed the papers as soon as he turned 17 so that he would get in DEP and start learning as much as soon as possible.  He has a girlfriend who I really like and she is so supportive of his decision to be a sailor and unlike so many young kids in love they understand that they can have goals and lives outside of each other.  They are both very mature.  When my son arrived to…


Here we go...

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 10:05pm 1 Comment

My son's plane to Great Lakes left about an hour ago. His journey begins. He has wanted this ever since he was 11 yrs old and first started in the sea cadets and went crazy for anything navy. I didn't go to the recruiter's office yesterday before he went to meps and didn't go to the airport today as I didn't want to embarass him by grabbing him around the ankles and begging him not to go so I said my good byes to my youngest child yesterday then cried for 2 hours. Have not actually cried…


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At 2:20pm on April 23, 2012, CookieGVB said…

Time is definitely starting to fly by.  I'm trying to plan a going away party for my kid, and he's not cooperating...too frustrating!  He wants to just have it at our house, but there's so many reasons why I don't want to do it at home (no a/c in the living/dining room, etc., etc., etc.)

It will happen, but he's throwing roadblocks, and I'm going to have to let some of them go...

At 9:55pm on March 28, 2012, 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! :) 


At 1:50pm on March 28, 2012, Jodi-alumni Ship 4 said…

Hi, Nanci, Josh is just a little younger than your son-he turns 18 on the 30th. It hasn't hit me yet that he may be leaving in just 3 months. It seemed like a long way off when he first signed up. His best friend, who lives with us, is also trying to join. He is supposed to take his test next week. If he gets in, I will go from 2 boys to none in a short time!  His ship date has changed 4 times but as of right now, it is still 7/3. It's cool that your son has wanted to join the Navy for such a long time. Like you say, most kids change their minds a dozen times.

At 8:35am on March 27, 2012, Jodi-alumni Ship 4 said…

My son also leaves in July. I see that your son turns 18 next month, so does my son. He has been a swimmer for years so when we heard about the rescue swimmer program, he naturally gravitated to that. He has been accepted and has been training with the Seal coordinator for the past few months. What is your son going in as?


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