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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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

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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First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition

First things first.....New Moms.... Take a Deep Breath in....... Let it out...... Take another one......... Let it out....... Repeat continuously!!!  Just keep breathing and it will all be OK!! We haven’t lost a mom to Boot camp yet, we won’t start with you.

If your Recruit has not left yet: have him or her leave you a voicemail message so when you just can't stand it you can hear their message (Over and Over and Over, Just don’t listen to it till…

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Added by belovedbyHim on August 4, 2020 at 11:30pm — 16 Comments

Anxious mom

My son finished 14 day quarantine yesterday...still no word.  I received his landed in Chicago call but now radio silence.  Can anyone help ease this anxious mom’s mind?  Thank you!

Added by CindyLouWho on August 4, 2020 at 8:24pm — 2 Comments

USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 6

I would like to put a prayer on this wall for all of the Sailors and Civilians fighting the fire on USS Bonhomme Richard...Please God protect those who are fighting the fire onboard and around the USS Bonhomme Richard. Also please be with the Sailors and families at this time as the face uncertain times ahead. Amen. 

Added by NavyMomofJM on July 13, 2020 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

New to this

My son left 2 1/2 weeks ago still no call. Worried Mom like the rest if you. My heart has a blank spot in it. Cry everyday. Any help with anything would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Added by Rhonda on July 7, 2020 at 6:34pm — 5 Comments

Memorial Day 2020 - Remember and Honor

Added by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on May 25, 2020 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Sad Mama

Well this mama is sad and very worried today, My daughter has been in Greatlakes since Feb 28 the she was delayed getting into a division then when she did she failed her first and second run she made it the third time and then she along with 31 other females got put into quarantine they have been in quarantine for 2 weeks. TOday she called me and said she is not doing well and hse went to the psychologist. THey placed her in ship 5 and the psychologist said that more then likely she will be…

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Added by Louisa J on April 15, 2020 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

CO relieved of command USS Theodore Roosevelt – My personal journey through this...

I read the news feed when it first started on Tuesday. It sunk a hole in my heart that the USS Theodore Roosevelt had coronavirus.

However, while I had concern for the lives onboard her I had the confidence in the Navy to handle the situation. This isn't the first time that a ship has had contagious disease upon it. In the history of naval fleets they have dealt with outbreaks of disease.  Even though this is a new virus there is still protocol to follow to help the sailors, to stay…

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Added by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on April 6, 2020 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Looking to connect with Bahrain moms

My son is stationed in Bahrain and I am looking to connect with other moms. Thanks!

Added by Cherrish S. on April 4, 2020 at 9:03pm — 2 Comments

CO Relieved of Command – A Balanced Perspective

{I chose not to read any comments since Thursday morning regarding this subject, instead leaving one comment last night, and focusing on writing this out for myself primarily, to process my own feelings and attitudes. No intention is made to be judgmental or corrective of anyone else.} 

I have realized within the last 24 hours that over the course of the last few days, I have forgotten to adhere to one of my principles that I use to judge/ approach information which I receive, whether…

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Added by Chipmunk on April 3, 2020 at 5:27pm — 11 Comments

Navy Suspends Guest Attendance at PIR as of 3/13/20 (re: COVID 19)

U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command



Beginning 13 March, Navy Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s boot camp, and Officer Training Command, which includes Officer Candidate School and other initial officer training programs, will suspend guest attendance at graduation ceremonies to prevent any potential spread of COVID 19 to either Sailors or Navy families.

Graduations themselves will continue, and will be live-streamed on Navy…

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Added by Valtameri on March 9, 2020 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

A School Graduation and on to the next adventure

Good Morning All, 

It has been a crazy few months, with my son and his navy career. After a couple of setbacks, he graduated from A School today and heads out to his new adventure. I am so proud of him, he never let the setbacks get him down. He did get frustrated here and there but that was to be expected especially when no one was telling him…

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Added by NavyMomofJM on March 6, 2020 at 11:43am — 1 Comment

Been a while....

Just a quick update on our Sailor...currently on the dean's list in his A school and loving every thing about his learning process. He came home for a few days at Christmas and drove his Dad's car back across the country..... We did lose my Dad (sailor's grandfather) in January and were very thankful for the time he had with his baby boy during the holidays! On the down hill side of A school with graduation in a few months... he will actually be taking finals the day he turns 21! We will…

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Added by Momsy on March 3, 2020 at 11:35pm — No Comments

Whirlwind of Emotions

Forgive the long blog but just putting on here what my heart has on it...My Dad served in the Army from 1945-1948. He rarely talked about it although he served during peace time. Different era back then. We saw some random pics of the cobblestone streets of Germany every once in a rare while and he would answer questions if directly asked. Move forward 55 years...I married a man who served in the Marines from 1983-1989. He was proud of his time served and discussed his service regularly. My…

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Added by SpenmanMom on March 3, 2020 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

BECC

My son said he starts BECC on Tuesday.  What is that exactly?

Added by law1999 on February 16, 2020 at 8:19am — 1 Comment

New Navy Mom Thoughts

It's been 17 days since I said goodbye to my son. I can't say that was easy but I didn't let him see that I was anxious.  A few quick photos and hugs after the official swear in and he was off!  Now I actually have an address for him and have to send off the three letters I have already written. It came in the mail yesterday. Not a personal letter but a form letter with a real address (Ship #, and Division #) in his writing. I love that!  That's the only thing I've gotten since the quick…

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Added by SunnyLisa on February 14, 2020 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Giving Thanks

While I am giving thanks this morning, I just want to a minute to thank all the N4M's. God said He comforts us so we can comfort others. Thank you for taking His Word and putting it into action. I could not make it through this experience without the help of everyone of you. God bless you all.

Added by Northwoodsmom on February 9, 2020 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Boot Camp First Weeks Timeline

First things first.....New Moms.... Take a Deep Breath in....... Let it out...... Take another one......... Let it out....... Repeat continuously!!!  Just keep breathing and it will all be OK!! We haven’t lost a mom to Boot camp yet, we won’t start with you.

If your Recruit has not left yet: have him or her leave you a voicemail message so when you just can't stand it you can hear their message (Over and Over and Over, Just don’t listen to it till after they've been gone for 24 hrs.…

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Added by belovedbyHim on February 4, 2020 at 1:02am — 4 Comments

Top 10 Tips and Tricks that I Learned at PIR

Hi Everyone!! We are back from PIR weekend, and it was a wild ride! Thank you to everyone here - ALL of the information on this site really helped prepare us for PIR weekend, so if you are getting ready to go, please review the files here before you go!

I wanted to share some additional things that I learned during my experience this weekend, in the hopes that it might help others, moving forward.

1) Although we can't talk about the day/time of Battlestations before it happens…

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Added by Velvetenor on February 3, 2020 at 5:46pm — 11 Comments

PiR Link

Does anyone know the PIR blog link?

Added by Leighana on February 3, 2020 at 10:36am — 13 Comments

Phone call

Heard from my son, I am so very happy. I was so worried about him but he saids he loves it and likes the challenge. Thank you God for giving him such a positive attitude, it takes so much anxiety off of my shoulders. I know the rest of the Navy mom's worry. My message to you all is stay positive, they might just like it. Stay in prayer to give you the comfort you need right now. I thought I knew my son, I thought he would struggle and be miserable, what a blessed gift to find out I was…

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Added by Northwoodsmom on February 1, 2020 at 1:18pm — 4 Comments

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