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.



My son was pursuing a career with the Coast Guard...but things were moving very slowly and one day last summer a Navy recruiter called him.  My son told him he wasn't interested, but the recruiter asked to speak with a parent.  (Smart guy, right?)  After speaking with the recruiter...I suggested that we at least meet with him.  I remember that night, him researching the Navy on our computer...and getting very excited about the prospect of Navy Seals. (He quickly got over the Coast Guard!) Long story...short...he chose SWCC instead of Seals and quickly got a SWCC contract.  

Months have turned into weeks, weeks to days, and now there are just a few hours.  This weekend we had the official farewell tour...went to see his aunt, uncle and cousins in SC.  On Sunday, we had an open many wonderful friends came by to wish him well.  At one point I think we had about 20 of his friends playing football on our front lawn. Today, me, him, his dad and sister went to lunch and to see a movie together. We picked up a phone card, address book, and a few bandaids.  Tonight was a family dinner with his favorite chicken casserole.  He's out more round of goodbyes to his friends. 

Tomorrow at 2 pm, his recruiter is picking him up and our lives will never be the same. In my head...I know that is a good thing.  After all, we raise our children to be good citizens, responsible adults, able to take care of themselves and someday,their own family. This is what my husband and I have spent 18 years preparing him for. My head knows that God loves him more than I do and that He is in control. I am so proud of him and all he has and will accomplish. But in my heart, my 4 pound 4 ounce premature baby is walking out that door with the recruiter. I'm tearing up as I write this...wishing my heart could catch up with my head. But until that happens, I'm going to focus on being the best Navy mom I can be.  (I even ordered a Navy mom necklace on ebay today!)  Starting tomorrow, our family will have a new normal...and that isn't a bad thing...just a different thing.  My plan is to blog about that experience.  

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Comment by BunkerQB on January 17, 2012 at 3:31am

Moe, save the link below. It'll lead you to a discussion with info on the Recruit Command Center, Boot camp Moms group, PIR groups, videos, tips on using this site. Copy and paste the info and save it on your hard disk on your computer. Many of your questions will be answered if you go through all the stuff.


Good luck to you and your sailor recruit. You have every right to be a proud momma.

Comment by eljac913 (Ship 12 Div 053) on January 17, 2012 at 8:14am

Moe, your story sounds alot like mine.  My SR went to bootcamp on Dec 1.  He is only 18 and my youngest child.  My daughter is 21.  Our family has had to adjust to a new normal also.  He was the outgoing child so it is very quiet at home now. This experience has been like none other.  You will experience many emotions during this journey.  I know I have been.  Best of luck to you and your SR.  I hope his journey is smooth sailing. 

Comment by Moe on January 17, 2012 at 9:16am

Thank you everyone for your comments!  BunkerQB, as much as I have lurked around the site I hadn't seen this survival guide!!  It is great...thank you for sharing.  eljac913, my daughter is 21 and my SR is the out going one...we do have a lot in common!!  judyr, love hearing about SWCC...thank you.


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