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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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Navy Speak

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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Power of Attorney

Started this discussion. Last reply by SonandSea Jul 21, 2011. 17 Replies

I KNOW this information is on N4Ms. I have been all over the site and the web trying to get accurate info on a Power of attorney. My son leaves for boot camp in 3 weeks. I am confused as it appears…Continue

YIKES! Girlfriend meltdown!

Started this discussion. Last reply by I <3 my Sailor (Ship 04/DIV 817) Jul 13, 2011. 5 Replies

My son leaves for boot camp on 8/8 and we are all feeling a mixture of pride, fear, anxiety, excitement... all that! BUT... my son's sweet  girlfriend is freaking out! They have been dating for a…Continue

a little lost

Started this discussion. Last reply by SonandSea Feb 21, 2011. 4 Replies

First let me say how great it is to find this wonderful site! I have gleaned so much great info to help my son and our family as we prepare for his departure to boot camp in August. My son graduates…Continue


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A little about me:
I'm an artist, mom of 4 and now a Navy mom! My son PIRed on 9/30/11.
He serves on the USS Carl Vinson.
I blog about my journey as a Navy mom here
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
"Needs of the Navy" ALWAYS comes first (as it should).
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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half a year later...

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 11:36am 0 Comments

Can't believe my so is graduating nuke A School.... it has been a crazy ride. He has lots more schooling ahead of him, but this is a great achievement!…


Navy family ♥

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 9:35am 3 Comments

My son's PIR was 9/30/11 and he is training at Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in S.C. The Navy gives us a wonderful gift in exchange for the service of our loved ones~ a supportive, caring, helpful family. ♥ I made this graphic as a thank you. Please feel free to download and share.♥…


so far away...

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 1:40pm 2 Comments

 My son is in nuke A school...

I discuss some thoughts on letting go...

truth is...

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 11:12am 2 Comments

I miss my sailor...

more here...

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At 2:27am on July 21, 2013, Sofora said…
It feels good to connect with other moms
So I don't feel alone in this journey
At 9:12am on August 31, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…

I'm so happy you got your first call! :) I've actually been talking a lot to Brianna whose husband is a Nuke in 327, too. I think you two are friends on Facebook?
Anyways!! You all are getting close to the end! Hang in there. And enjoy every minute of those letters.... They're definitely a once in a lifetime thing! :)


At 12:10pm on August 26, 2011, Vonecia(Seabee)SHIP07/DIV327 said…
im sorry i dont have a facebook anymore I might sign up again.
At 3:09pm on August 15, 2011, ranchboss said…

Hi Ladies,

I just found out that our son is in Ship 7 Div 327 too!! I've been looking for "our group", I assume this is it? I got the information from his recruiter, hoping the form letter is in the mail today. So excited to chat with everyone in our division, we're from Northern California by the way. He went to BC signed up as an AEFT FC unless something changes in boot. 

Looking forward to our time together,

Cheryl (Andy's mom)

At 12:13am on August 14, 2011, Spencer's Mom said…
PIR Date is September 30!!
At 8:48pm on August 13, 2011, Spencer's Mom said…

Woohoo~another mom from the same division and ship!  I got the form letter in the mail today!  Was so excited to read his message!!  I was also excited to see his PIR date is a week earlier than I had guessed ~even better!!! The best penmanship I have seen in ages from him - LOL! I have my doubts about cake next week but here's a Happy Birthday wish for your son :)  My son turned 19 ten days before he left!! Today is a good day to be a SR's MOM!!!

At 9:50am on August 9, 2011, ZZsMom said…
THANK YOU so much for the necklace.  It was so thoughtful of you and will be something I forever charish.  I hope that you are doing good today.  I will keep you posted on any inforamation I get and I hope that you will do the same.
At 9:51pm on August 7, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…
Hey seadreamstudio! I've been following your blog, and I just wanted to let you know that it does get easier. :) Once the letters start flowing, it'll seem much less terrible and give you something to look forward to every week. :)
Hang in there. I'm always here for you if you need to talk, and of course all of us Nuke Moms have your back! :)
At 2:12pm on August 4, 2011, Bama mom said…
Yes he did he says he is doing ok and told me not worry and he loves me
At 3:38pm on July 29, 2011, ZZsMom said…

ZZ & Mom   Of course this is before she cut her hair.

Looking forward to meeting you on the 8th.

zznavy.jpg and after the haircut.


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