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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New to the site just saying hello!!

Hello all, 

I am new here as well as a new Navy mom my son Graduates on May 3rd.....15 days so excited to see him. Having raised my two boys on my own it hard to be out of contact for too long. He is doing well ready to be done with boot camp and move on to A School. 

I am so very proud of the young man that calls me Mom :-)

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Comment by lemonelephant on April 18, 2013 at 7:43pm

Welcome. I see you have joined the PIR group. I also invite you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) (clickable link). I'm glad he is doing well. Where will he go to "A" School and/or what will his rating (job/specialty) be? There are groups for most ratings and/or "A" Schools.

Comment by Hello2u on April 19, 2013 at 10:50am

Hello back! :)

Comment by Fawnb on April 20, 2013 at 2:26pm

To lemonelephant< I know he will be doing A School in Chicago I just read back through his letters to see if he gave me any more info and he has not.. Guess I will get all that in a couple of weeks when I see him. I believe his rating is E3 if that makes since....ugggg this is all so new to me sorry if what I say does not make since and please correct me if I sound stupid...

Comment by lemonelephant on April 20, 2013 at 3:20pm

His rate is E-3. His rating is the job or specialty that he will go to "A" School to train for and then do in the fleet. You don't sound stupid that is a common thing to mix up. Since he is staying in GL for "A" School, you will want to stay through late Sunday or Monday to have the most time with him. PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) has more on that. You may also want to join Great Lakes A School Q&A and GL A-school moms. You can also check out the Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes Facebook Page.

What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology) can help you with many of the terms you may come accross in this site or from your recruit/Sailor.

E-1, E-2, or E-3? How did that happen? will tell more about how your SR came to be an E-3 and will have those stripes at PIR.

(Group names are clickable links.)


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