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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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Ship 03 Div 032

Started this discussion. Last reply by jvmombyt Dec 17, 2010. 3 Replies

Friends and Family of Recruits in Ship 03 Div 032

Information on Machinist Mates time at sea

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anti M May 13, 2010. 3 Replies

My son is a Machinist Mate and his PIR is on 4/21. I knew that he would be assigned to sea a great deal of time, but the info that I have found seems to say that he may be at sea 54 months. Am I…Continue

Son Arrive at BC 3/29. Got the BOX and Address 3/31!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by CryptoDad Apr 7, 2016. 8 Replies

He was taken to MEPS on 3/28. Got to Bootcamp on 3/29. Got the box and his address on 3/31! I thought it would be much longer! A lot of mixed emotions going on! Is it ok to put his Division and Ship…Continue


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At 7:03am on May 27, 2010, MarianneKT's Mom said…
Smokie - Heare's what I read about MMs - Nuclear-trained MMs perform duties in nuclear propulsion plants operating reactor control, propulsion and power generation systems. The character of NF jobs is mentally stimulating and offers career growth. The NF provides opportunities to work closely with specialists in the nuclear, technology, and engineering fields.
My daughter Katie is a DC on the Essex. Japan was on her 'llst', but not her top choice. Like Anti M said - the Navy will send him where they need him.
Nuclear-trained MMs operate reactor control, propulsion, and power generation systems in nuclear propulsion plants.
At 3:33pm on April 7, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
Just checking in to see how you are doing. Let me know if you need anything. We support one another!
At 8:49pm on April 4, 2010, BunkerQB said…
As a new member, you will have many questions. Save this message for quick access to the following groups that will help you. Just click on the underlined links:
1 New Moms Stop Here group. For new members, this group will be your safe haven.
2. If you have some experience with the Navy, check out this group - Seasoned mom's answers to questions
Are you getting ready for Bootcamp?
1. Leaving For Bootcamp in April
2. Leaving For Bootcamp in May
3. Leaving For Bootcamp in June
4. Leaving For Bootcamp in July
5. Leaving For Bootcamp in August
6. Leaving For Bootcamp in September
See Depper’s… in but not yet .
Two blogs on how to use this site.
1. Welcome to New Members
2. A Message for New Members
Take some time, learn to use this site (there is no easy way around it), you will get adjusted in no time. Welcome to the N4M and the Navy family, P.S. This message is from a real Navy mom, BunkerBee – my son is a nuke on a sub.
At 12:23pm on April 2, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
HI and welcome
We would love to have you join in on the conversation on our Illinois page at
---PS--yes, use ship and div to try and find other Moms--and also start looking for PIR dates once your recruit or recruiter gives you a date!
At 4:24pm on March 29, 2010, 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 OPSEC Internet Safety Video

Enjoy your time here and we look forward (along with the community) to
reading more about you! :)

Elizabeth and Colleen

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