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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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A little about me:
I'm a married stay at home mom, my husband and I have 3 children. We are very proud of our daughters decision to join the Navy and wanting to serve our country. GO NAVY!!
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 4:38pm on August 29, 2012, ingrid said…

Hi Tonya I hope you are doing o.k., I sended you messages in a private box. Take care.

At 6:58pm on July 19, 2012, jlamommy said…

Hi Tonya I took your advise and texted Justins recruiter, he said he would look into it when he got back to the office. fingers crossed he calls with an address! How are you doing today?

At 12:41pm on July 19, 2012, ingrid said…

Tonja, I hope you got my private message, also I just got Lora's address via her recruiter, I am so excited.

At 1:34am on July 19, 2012, ingrid said…

I did yesterday and today, but no luck, thanks for your support, I'll let you know, goodnight

At 1:24am on July 19, 2012, ingrid said…

I am happy for you, your daughter may receive your first letter this Sunday, that's the only day when they get to get their mail. Hoping I'll get the form letter tomorrow since I'm more in Northern part, still to late for Sunday, since I don't have address, I'll let you know. It's been one week, it seems to me much longer since I let my baby go, but it's a countdown. Take care.

At 4:07pm on July 18, 2012, ingrid said…

I haven't receive any letter today, you mean her form letter with address, so far nothing yet

At 10:22pm on July 17, 2012, ingrid said…

Hi Tonya, same here I received Lora's box about same time today, her tennis shoes and clothes off her back, it was hard. I was not able to get her address via recruiter, I guess I'll have to wait. Did you find that discharge paperwork in the box and confirmation of enlistment in the box with names of all kids shipped that day in box. I guess one of names is your daughters.

At 9:54pm on July 17, 2012, BunkerQB said…

Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie

This will help you get started. Welcome to Navy For Moms. We have a group in the San Fran Bay area. Please come to our meet and greet in Livermore.

Here is the link:

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At 2:17pm on July 17, 2012, ingrid said…

Yes you are wright, my conversation with Lora was about the same as yours with your daughter.  It was really hard. I do remember her saying something, getting her box in 3 weeks. I found from this site that their first letter to us will be like a form with only few sentences from them on the back of a letter. Thanks for the info, called her recruiter today, they will try to get the address today, said they will see what they can do. They will receive letters on Sundays, as well as write them to us. Thanks for the link., go to main site on videos "Navy Racks-Boot Camp" video is great, gave me insight how is they life there now. I am little better, but my eyes are never dry. Keep thinking, will she be strong enough to endure it all, did I gave her enough tools, could I have prepare her better. Still sounded like her spirit was up on that phone call. On day of her shipping, sailor which graduated boot camp last year said it gets really loud in there, lots of yelling until 3:00 am, getting up 5:00 a.m., but gets easier after 2 weeks as soon they start learning how to work  as a team. Their day off is Sunday with choice of going to church, mainly to get social and share,  or long showers in barracks.  She said 12-14 girls group showers at once about few minutes , something they will have to get used to, that' about all I know for now. It feels great we can keep in touch. Take care, write anytime you feel or need, I am here. Thank you. God bless our kids and all our troops, This now has even deeper meaning and word sacrifice was newer better understood on my part.

At 2:00am on July 17, 2012, ingrid said…

I also had a short good buy with my daughter, you misunderstood me they never met . I only meant they got shipped same day (I realized that from your post) July 11'th. and are there together, maybe in the same barrack or not but going thru the same thing. I heard her over the phone when she arrived that evening for short 2 minutes, haven't got her box or address yet. Please keep in touch with me and let me know when you get any news (box, address, letter or...) from your daughter. She is my only child, and I am missing her terribly. How are you holding up. I wish I knew about NAVY for Moms earlier than her shipping day would prepare her better. Keep in touch, anything you want to talk to help one another or somehow them I will greatly appreciate. Thank you. Ingrid!


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