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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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Thanksgiving and Adopt a Sailor - help?!

Started this discussion. Last reply by RissysMom(Proud Mom of a Sailor) Nov 21, 2011. 17 Replies

Okay, I've seen the form for "Adopt a Sailor 2011" and I think the program is incredible but I want to adopt my son, the sailor, for the day because we have family that lives within 45 minutes of…Continue


Ship 04, Div 802, PIR 12/02/2011, HOO YAH!

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A little about me:
My son left on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 for boot camp. I miss him terribly, I keep hoping I'll wake up and it will be a bad dream. I'm proud of him and I support his decision to join but it doesn't stop the hurt. I'm a RN here in fun Fort Wayne which is only 4 hours from GL!
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They give you one minute to say good bye to your son when they get to boot camp and they script what they are allowed to say. He sounded horrible and that is what I get to think about for the next three weeks of silence.

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Feelin' Stronger Every Day!

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 10:52pm 3 Comments

My son left for GL last week to start his 8 weeks of BC.  I've been feelin' really down because I miss him so much.  He was my son and my best bud.  Today I was driving down the road and the song "Feeling Stronger Every Day" by Chicago came on the radio - yeah I listen to the classics :-)     It amazed me how much these lyrics fit our situation.  Anyway - this song made me feel great and I am sending you a link to listen to it. is a free site that my Navy son…


Three weeks of no contact? Really?

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 5:07pm 10 Comments

My son arrived last Thursday at Great Lakes for boot camp.  That night about 8:30PM I received his last phone call and it broke my heart.  He sounded so defeated and distant, my imagination ran away with me.  What could he possibly have gone through in the last several hours that changed him so much?  When he left he was so excited and looking forward to everything and then he just sounded so despondent.  I know he was reading some script but WHAT HAPPENED? My son is an emotional rock and…


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At 6:25pm on October 14, 2011, carols_kitchen said…
Just had to stop and say thanks for the laugh with your profile pix. My Dad used to insure the old Chrysler plant up by you--and we used to shop at the Montgomery Wards.  Does that date me?  I went to Manchester College and made some great friends up there.  I'm originally from the Indianapolis/Carmel area.
At 1:07am on October 13, 2011, ProudNavymomofSailorJohn said…
My son's box had doodle on it too, couldn't figure it out.  Yes, we do get stronger every day, we are mom's.  Still havent' heard what his address is.  Just want to send my cards and tell him to be strong, and that I love him...
At 1:43am on October 12, 2011, ProudNavymomofSailorJohn said…

I am feeling the same way.  Today I received a box from my son with the clothes he left in.  I cried (again).  I miss him so much.  I was not prepared for the empty feeling in the apartment.  Then to find out no contact for three weeks is tearing me apart.  I have cards and letters to send, and no address!  I called his recruiter, emaied three times and no response.  

Everyday gets better, and I try to see the big picture.  Good to have Navyformoms.. or I'd be a basketcase right now! 

At 1:43pm on October 11, 2011, DisneyDebi (02/903) said…
I love the one of your cat too :)  And I know what you mean...I feel the exact same way..he is my son, and because of that I love him so much and because I LIKE him so much, he is my friend!  That picture broke my heart and yet made me heart smile too - is that odd?
At 6:32am on October 11, 2011, Pat said…
Welcome aboard!  Come join us on the Indiana page on this website!
At 11:55pm on October 10, 2011, GirlsGoneNavy said…
My daughter is on ship 7 division 009
At 10:19pm 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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