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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Navy Speak

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


This week is Letter Writing Week. Show support for your Recruit and express yourself with a hand-written gesture.
Click this link for some great tips and information for letter-writing here:

Here's also a new Group for others to share tips and stories about writing to your Sailor:




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Comment by lemonelephant on January 10, 2014 at 1:12am

Tiffany, thanks for posting those links.

For those who have a Sailor, remember that Sailors also like letters and there fewer restrictions on what can be included. Do try to avoid glitter if you have a Sailor in "A" School or on a ship or in BEQ. There are also recruits who don't have someone writing them and you could send a letter to one by connecting with a mom in a current PIR group and asking her to share the name/s of someone who could use some encouragement. This is best done in a PM.

Comment by Navy for Moms Admin on January 10, 2014 at 5:58pm

You're welcome Lemonelephant. I hope people will come to this group and offer some good info! :-) 

Comment by lemonelephant on January 10, 2014 at 5:59pm

I do too.

Comment by yamanels SHIP02 DIV915 on January 12, 2014 at 8:50pm

My son started boot camp this past week. I know that he cannot call for 3 weeks. Can anyone tell me how soon they are able to share their address, so that I can start sending letters?

Comment by lemonelephant on January 12, 2014 at 9:07pm

You will get the form letter with that information. It usually arrives an average of 10 days after the recruit arrived at the RTC.

Check your My Page.

Comment by ArmHawkmamma on January 27, 2014 at 8:26pm

Got my form letter today.  Going to post a letter to my SR tomorrow.    SOOOO excited.

Comment by MommaShack on October 7, 2014 at 9:22pm
I got my son's address from our local reruiter and started writing him last week, he said that he was so happy to get mail from home. Got a call from him on Sunday and he sounds like he's doing fine. He's a Starboard Watch Section Leader and he's in the 902 division that performs at PIR graduation. I don't know what any of that means but he sounded excited and it made me happy. I was so excited to his voice, knowing that he is ok allows me to rest a little better!


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