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 just left today for BC.  They picked him up at 9:30 am.  He's 18 yrs old and I am very sad.  I don't know how to deal with the sadness.  I tried to be brave in front of him because I didn't want to make him feel sad.  He was suppose to go to Cal State Pomona when he graduated high school, but he told me 2 weeks before his orientation that he decided to join the Navy.  This was in August.  They took him to San Diego where they tested him and he got a score of 96.  He picked his job and his A school and signed up on the spot.   I am going to miss him terribly.  I found a letter under my pillow that said not to open until he gets to bootcamp.  I love him and I am going to miss him. :( 

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Comment by Navy Mom Lisa (Ship 11 Div. 128) on February 8, 2011 at 3:07pm
Thank you so much for the advice.  I didn't realize how hard this was all going to be.  The last 6 months went by so fast.  He has never been away from home.  The stress of wondering how he's doing and if he's being treated right is going to kill.  He has always been pretty independent, but as a mom, you still worry about things like; medincine when he gets sick, dentist appts, doctor appts.etc...  I have my 16 year old who was so heart broken to see his brother leave.  And my 5 year, we tried to explain to her where Sean was going, but she thinks he will be back tomorrow. 
Comment by Cat(Mom of an AO) on February 8, 2011 at 3:08pm

Try calling his recruit on Thursday. They might have his address for you in the system. Then you could start mailing him letters. Don't worry, it does hurt but it gets easier and when you see your sailor at PIR, it will be all worth the wait!! They tend to hold back the mail due to all the processing and figuring out where everyone goes. In about two weeks, the flow will start and you will be stalking your mailman! There are so many helpful groups here to help you along through each phase of your son's journey.

Comment by Navy Mom Lisa (Ship 11 Div. 128) on February 8, 2011 at 3:33pm

Thank you both so much.  I will definitely call the recruiting office.  My son told me that after bootcamp they may send him straight to Florida for his schooling.  I was under the impression that after bootcamp he came home for a few days to gather his belongings he wanted to take.  Then my son told me he won't be back until September, then we will find out where he will be stationed at.  That part makes me nervous.  I'm hoping in goes to San Diego.  We live about 2 hours from San Diego that would be perfect (well, perfect for me :).  He's hoping for like Japan. 


Comment by Navy Mom Lisa (Ship 11 Div. 128) on February 8, 2011 at 4:02pm
What does PIR stand for? 
Comment by Navy Mom Lisa (Ship 11 Div. 128) on February 8, 2011 at 4:09pm
:)  Thanks.  OMG!  I'm so glad I took today off.  There is no way I would have made it at work today.  I'm so anxious to open the lettuer he left me under my pillow, but I'm not going to.  He wrote in big letters not to open until he gets to bootcamp :( .  This site is so amazing.  There is so much information on here. 
Comment by Lmorrow on February 8, 2011 at 4:16pm
My son, John flew out last night.  It was sad to say good-bye, in just a few short weeks he will be back in Texas at A-School in San Antonio. I will get nervous and worried once he finishes A-School.  Not knowing where he will end up and how far away it will be...
Comment by Navy Mom Lisa (Ship 11 Div. 128) on February 8, 2011 at 6:00pm

Ok, my son text me to let me know he got to San Diego.  He's going through some processing.  He said he will text me later.  I hope this is true. 

Comment by jim'scupcake on February 8, 2011 at 6:46pm
Hi there.....I guess we are in the same "boat' so to speak. We dropped my son off at his recruiter's office a few hours ago.  He reports tomorrow (Wed).  I am very sad...but very excited for him.  I am eating lots of chocolate kisses to make the sadness go away!  Good Luck to our kids~and good luck to us!!
Comment by Anita MA Mom on February 9, 2011 at 12:49am
Hello to you all!! Wow seems like yesterday I was here too! I am back now anxiously waiting for tomorrow to come! My son is in A school at San Antonio will interview tomorrow for the MWD ( Military working Dog). If he doesn't get it he will be on the way to Japan! I know he will do GREAT tomorrow , would appreciate any extra prayers ! You BC Moms it goes by sooooo fast ! Stay busy WRITE WRITE and WRITE! I agree the pics from home really helps. I got a small flat albumn from photo section at Walmart filled it with important pics. Lmorrow if I can help with anything about A school in Texas let me know. My son will graduate from there Feb 25. Best of luck to you ALL!
Comment by Navy Mom Lisa (Ship 11 Div. 128) on February 9, 2011 at 2:36am

Ok, I got through the first night without my son.  Let's see how I do tomorrow.  I received a last text from him at 6:00 pm just to let me know he flys out on Thursday to Chicago and that he was eating.  I miss him terribly.  I won't let him know that I feel like a empty void in my heart.  I want to stay up beat and positive for him. 



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