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 left on April 26th for boot camp and we both made it through. He is staying in IL for his training. For those moms who are just beginning the anguish I am here if you have any questions, I was clueless when he announced he wanted to join the Navy. I want to help if I can .. 

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Comment by Chris& Justin's mom on July 3, 2011 at 12:44pm

Hello, my son just left for bootcamp on June 29th. I'm sure he was scared, the look on his face when he got into his recruiter's car just about sent me over the edge. My sister is on here too, she's going through some hard times too. We are all proud of him though, it just scares me because he's never really been that far away from home. How did you handle it and when did you start getting letters & phone calls?

Comment by WV Mom on July 4, 2011 at 9:22am
Hi, it was THE HARDEST thing for me when Calvin left for boot camp- he was ready though he just wanted to get on with it. It was three weeks before I received the first call and letter, and I cried (of course), and the letters take 6 days to send and receive. It depends on his RDC how many calls you will get- but once he starts writing you can read the letters over and over... :) My son is in a-school now, he graduated on June 17. He was in division 207 ship 09- his division won 'hall of fame' which was so awesome. He said the hardest part of boot camp was being away from home, he had never been away before. Have you received the "box" yet? OMGosh that was difficult getting all his things in a box- it has taken me until now to wash evereything, I just left his clothes in the box on his bed, I had to see him before I could do anything with it. Everyone else here told me I need to get a grip, but that is how I dealt with it. It's going to be hard but you will make it through and when you see him coming through on graduation with his mates in those pretty dress whites, you will be so proud of him!
Comment by momof5 on July 5, 2011 at 2:34am

Thank you for this post.  My oldest son left on June 21st....I have not been the same since!  I am alright during the day when I am busy...then at night I can't sleep for thinking of him.  It's good to know that other kids and moms feel the same way.  I wonder if they do anything for the 4th


Comment by WV Mom on July 5, 2011 at 11:02am
Yes, I talked to my son yesterday on the 4th and he was directing traffic for Great Lakes 4th of July celebration. ~I hugged the shirt every morning and night that he was wearing that got sent back to me- was my way of saying 'good morning and good night' to him while he was in boot camp. It's so hard still because life will never be the same, he is on his way now, becoming the wonderful man I always knew he would be. 


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