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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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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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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…


Added by Valtameri on March 9, 2020 at 8:00pm — No 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…


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…


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…


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

Division 809

Hi Ladies, I  just received my son's packet with his division # and gradate. He is in Division 809 but I do not see a group for that number. Has this happened to anyone before?

Added by Heidi on February 17, 2020 at 1:40pm — 8 Comments


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…


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 — 1 Comment

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.…


Added by belovedbyHim on February 4, 2020 at 1:02am — No 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…


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…


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

After rough couple of months...and the waiting

Hello all hope you all are having a wonderful day. Hope everyone's SR and or Sailor is doing great. 

We heard from son this week and he got Culinary Specialist for his new rate, and soon he will headed out for this new adventure. It has been a rough couple of months with great disappointments but also with great attitude from my son with the set back in his Navy career. I am so proud of him and how he has handle this…


Added by NavyMomofJM on January 29, 2020 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

Corpus Christi Winging Ceremony February 28, 2019


I am hoping that someone can give me information for the Corpus Christi Winging Ceremony on February 28, 2019.  My son will be receiving his wings and I would like to get an itinerary for a couple of family members if there is one.

Please share any information on the Corpus Christi Winging Ceremony February 28, 2020.

Added by buckyGM on January 27, 2020 at 8:30am — 1 Comment


Any one with recruit PIR March 13

Added by Northwoodsmom on January 26, 2020 at 9:12am — No Comments

Can someone tell/explain what BECC is?

Can someone tell/explain what BECC is?


Added by law1999 on January 22, 2020 at 7:25pm — 5 Comments

My Son Leaving is Leaving for Bootcamp 1/23/2020

My youngest son is leaving for !
Bootcamp on 1/23/2020. He seems to be ok & ready to face this next phase in his life, but I’m a little anxious. I’m super proud but I’m not scared because I know he has a good head on his shoulders.
Are there any other moms with a child leaving for Bootcamp on 1/23/2020?

Added by PROUDNAVYMOM9501 on January 18, 2020 at 12:28am — 6 Comments

Boots in House for Christmas

Hello All, 

It has been amazing to have our sailor home for Christmas. Though I would catch myself being sad here and there because I kept thinking to myself. This may be our last Christmas together for awhile. As most of your know, my husband and I were in the Navy. So, we do get it but it just hit me that after tomorrow. When he goes back to A school that we will not know the next time we will see him, but that is…


Added by NavyMomofJM on December 30, 2019 at 4:06pm — No Comments

It has been a great day

Hello, it has been a great day. My son got to come home for Christmas and we were able to pull off a surprise for both his brother and sister. It was so great to see how happy they were to see their brother home. It just so great to have him in our house. 

Hope everyone , has a wonderful Christmas. 

Added by NavyMomofJM on December 21, 2019 at 12:45am — 5 Comments

5 Years in...........

I am a Navy mom of almost 5 years. They have been 5 years of excitement, trials, tribulations and now ending in dissapointment for our son.  He has had a stellar record in the Navy every advancement you could imagine so quickly too- the Navy was his home. He had just recently enlisted for 6 more years to head back to Japan where he already served 3 there.  We thought everything was going great - cloud nine.  To receive a call from the Military that he tried to take his own life a month ago. …


Added by MoeBee on December 17, 2019 at 5:43pm — 4 Comments

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