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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My Son Left For Boot Camp on 2/26/13

My name is Mary and my youngest son of three left for boot camp on Tuesday the 26th. I am still having a hard time talking to people about it because I start crying everytime. Those who haven't been through this think I am nuts.He is the first in our family to join any military branch so it is all new to me. I was so happy to hear about this website to share feelings and get information.

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Comment by lemonelephant on March 1, 2013 at 6:05pm

Join the group, DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in February, to connect with others with loved ones who left that day and may have PIR together.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. Once you know your SR’s PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created. There will be a lot of great information and support for you in those groups. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions within the groups. Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening, but you will also want to check out the other Pages in all of the groups.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)

Comment by Hello2u on March 1, 2013 at 6:23pm

There's lot of hugs here for you,, thanks to this site, I survived and made me stronger,  my son just Graduated on 2/8/13. the first one to leap from the nest,, and 2 more to go.... :)

Comment by Mary on March 1, 2013 at 9:11pm

lemonelephant thank you so much for all the information very comforting.

MY3SONS-thanks as well. I have three sons and the youngest was the onethat left. We are now empty nesters and I am not loving it asmuch as I thought I would. At least not yet... Congrats on your sons graduation!!!!

Comment by daviyonmom on March 1, 2013 at 10:17pm

Mary I understand how you feel my youngest of three went in Feb 11. I too cry it gets easier. Whenever I thought about him I wrote him a letter. I too am grateful for this site because the people have really been supportive and helpful to me. Feel free to call on me I will give a hug and I am sure I will need one back....Bless you and yours

Comment by hawaiinavymom SHIP13 DIV169 on March 2, 2013 at 3:17am

I feel for you. My son leaves on March 5th. I can't stop crying. He's my only son and I've been a single mom for 14 years. I don't know what I'll do without him around.  I'm so proud of him but I'm so scared for me. I will keep you in my prayers. Aloha from Hawaii

Comment by TJCsMom on March 3, 2013 at 3:14pm

Hi ladies. My son left on 2-21. He is my youngest and I too, am now an empty-nester. I know exactly how you feel, Mary. I thought it was going to be better than it is. I cry way too much since he's been gone. I hadn't found this site before he left, so dowright64, be glad you did. It has given me so much comfort to know that I am not the only one riding this strange roller-coaster of emotion!! My son is the first in our family, in the last 59 years, to join the military, so it's new to all of us. Some don't understand what I've been going through and think it's "a bit much" to "dwell" on it constantly. But, I ask you do you stop it?? You can't! And that is why I'm thankful to be here...with all of you...going through it together. Good luck to all of us and our SRs...we're going to make it!

Comment by Mary on March 3, 2013 at 5:25pm

downright64 there really is no way to prepare for the lonliness you feel when they are gone, but having this sight and the support of others in our shoes really helps. I am always available to talk. TJCsMom-I know all to well about the on and off crying-at different times of the day. A roller coaster of emotions is exactly what I said-LOL. Bottom line is we all love our children and thinking about them constantly is what makes us good Moms!!! I don't care what others think (especially if they have never experienced the situation before). I just keep hoping I will get a phone call or a letter soon-even though it has only been 5 days....God BLess us all!

Comment by lemonelephant on March 3, 2013 at 5:33pm

People are starting to get form letters from those who arrived this week, so perhaps you will be getting that soon.

Comment by Mary on March 3, 2013 at 5:59pm

I am keeping an eye out :) hopefully....

Comment by TJCsMom on March 3, 2013 at 8:57pm

Mary, start writing helped me. It has also helped to look for cute little nuggets to include in my letters. I found some silly jokes on one of the links on the site and printed them and cut them onto little strips of paper and stuck them in the envelope. I also found a link to create my own word search puzzles. My son loves those! So I sent him one in a letter. He will let me know soon enough if I should send another or not! LOL I also made a March and April calendar to hang on the wall above my computer, with the training days marked. I am ready to start slashing through those days to get to PIR!! :)


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