This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



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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At 12:45pm on August 2, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to NAVYForMoms!

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 6:33pm on July 30, 2012, Anna said…


Well luckily I only got the one reply from you!!  I see where the one below that you thought you were posting to my page instead was posted on your own!!!  LOL - that's ok - - negotiating this website does take some time.  Oh, and I hate roller coasters!!!  But this journey sure is like a roller coaster - - up and down and around and OMG!!!!

One thing I would suggest is you have a talk with your daughter about how you want to handle any bad news that may (but hopefully won't) come up during bootcamp.  I have seen many discussions on different groups from moms asking what they should do when they have bad news and don't know whether to tell their recruit or not.  Personally I had this happen when my son was in boot (a good friend of his died in a car accident).  I decided NOT to tell my son, went to the funeral in his place, and told him about it after graduation.  I knew he wouldn't want/or be able to leave boot for this and there wouldn't be anything he could do from so far away, so I didn't want to upset him when he was already dealing with so much.  He understood, but I know daughters can be different.  I had this talk with my daughter who is in OCS now.

Other than that, just enjoy every minute you can spend with her and really be open to any concern, fears, or even things she is looking forward to.  While she is in bootcamp, you may get a letter or phone call telling you she hates it and is miserable.  This is to be expected and has happened several times.  May not happen to your daughter but if it does then you have to be ready to encourage her, and remind her of what she wants to achieve.  Bootcamp is intense, but it is temporary, and is not a fair view of what regular Navy life will be like.

Sorry this is so long!!!!

At 4:55pm on July 30, 2012, momof3 said…

Thank you so much Anna.  I am sure that as the date gets closer to her leaving I will have more and more  Right now we are working on things I can help with, car,phone,banking etc...If you can think of anything that we need to have in place to make things easier please let me know.  I appreciate you willing to give of your experiences to help make our life easier.  Congratulations on your children's accomplishments. And even though I am afraid of roller coasters, I am on!!

At 3:40pm on July 30, 2012, Anna said…


I so understand that feeling of them always being "our little girls"!!  My daughters are twins and just turned 22.  But they are the babies and have two older brothers.  If you have any information needs I can help you with, don't hesitate to ask.  My husband and I are both Navy vets also.

At 11:12am on July 30, 2012, Anna said…


I see you joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!  We are a close, friendly, supportive group of Moms and look forward to getting to know you and your sailor.  I see you are new to N4Ms and your daughter will be leaving for boot camp soon?  Please feel free to jump in and join our chats.  You can ask any questions you may have, talk freely about your feelings, fears or concerns, or just chat about life.  We are all in different phases of our daughters Naval careers and we are always there for each other!!!   I have a daughter who enlisted in 08 and is out now, a son who is on his 8th year of enlistment and another daughter who is in week 4 of OCS training!!  Come jump on the roller coaster with us!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!!


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