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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Rates your female sailor loves!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anna May 15, 2020. 3 Replies

Would love to know some rates your female sailor loves!   Mine wants HM but isn’t sure that will be available at meps.  Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Jan 25, 2016. 1 Reply

My son is traveling home from 3 years in Yokosuka, Japan. After leave he is heading to NCIS Quantico Virginia.  Any other moms out there with Sailors at Q-town? Is there a group? I can't find it? Continue


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"purplegiraffe, Don't know if you saw the comments on the Mothers of Daughters 2 page, but several moms have responded to your question on the group pages.  LeAnn gave some good advice both here and on the group page.  Make sure your…"
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Boot Camp/Graduation Experience

Posted on September 8, 2012 at 6:04pm 3 Comments

My Boot camp/Graduation experience as a mom.

My son left June 14th 2012 for Great Lakes, he classed up right away, and maybe 3 or 4 Processing days and was put in a division to graduate on August 10th. (so 8 weeks and 1 day there)

I got the “I’m here call” about 10pm eastern time on the 14th.   Got the box the following Tuesday, and the first mail didn’t come till July 6th.   It was 17 days until his division could write, so…


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At 3:58pm on May 15, 2020, Anna said…


I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!  I'm glad you found us. So your daughter is in the process of joining now? I hope she is able to choose the rate she really wants.  Feel free to join the conversations on our group page as we are a friendly, caring group of moms who have daughters in all stages of Navy life - from newbies to those whose daughters have been in for several years - from officer to enlisted!!! We support all our sailor girls and each other as well. Not just during the Bootcamp days but the weeks and months following, as they go off to school, first duty station, or first deployment.  I see you and your husband are Navy Vets!!  My husband and I are also Navy Vets and 3 of our 4 children have enlisted.  Two are still active.   We look forward to getting to know you and your sailor!! Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!

At 12:50am on January 25, 2016, lemonelephant said…

The changes below are especially important if your Sailor is still an IS.

At 12:23pm on August 2, 2012, diannep said…

accepted your friend request!

At 9:42am on July 27, 2012, IndyMom said…

Also wanted to let you know you can add people to the list. Your son would have to check with some SR's in hs division because many don't need all their slots.  In this case they will add your member to their list and you need their name and code word when that additional person checks in at the vistors center just before PIR.

At 4:34pm on March 15, 2012, 2nukesmom said…

Thanks for the friend request! I am rather looking forward to the "company"! It's kind of lonely here. I have a friend who's two sons joined the Army, but here experience is far more radical than mine. Are you nervous? Excited? Fearful? I am all three! My two sons,  Marcus (my stepson that I have raised) who is 21 and my youngest is Mark and he is 18. What are the odds of remarrying with sons named Marcus and Mark? I do have one daughter and she will be 21 in September. My younger son talked the older one into enlisting. They are awful close and I find some comfort in the fact that they will kind of be together. Anyhow, enough of my chatter!


At 9:09am on April 9, 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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