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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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 daughter is set for PIR February 4th and my trip is all set and paid for. However I am really getting antsy because I have not heard from her for two weeks. Her Battlestation is set for the 27th as far as I know and I can't wait to get her phone call "Mom I'm OFFICIALLY A SAILOR!" My concerns for PIR are that she added her younger brother on the list for her PIR and that his school picture ID and birth certificate will be enough for him to be admitted onto Lakes for the event. He is 14 and we live in NJ and the DMV does not issue picture ID's under the age of 16 and the county does not issue picture ID's under the age of 17. Anybody that has already been to PIR with a child of the same age that can give me information concerning this would be great!  The only other concern is that the weather holds out so we have no problems flying out and back.

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Comment by C'Town Mom on January 18, 2011 at 3:07pm
OMG...I'm so glad to actually talk to someone in the same ship and DIV as my son.  We haven't gotten a call since 12/29.  I wasn't even sure when their Battlestation was set for.  I'm not sure about the photo id either.  We are taking our 14 yr old Saturday to our DMV to get his photo id.  I guess I'd better call and make sure they issue them to kids under 16 I'm not sure....
Comment by C'Town Mom on January 18, 2011 at 3:20pm
I just checked on our DDS website and our son will be able to get a photo id, but I was thinking.  I'm sure that your sons school id and birth certificate would be enough.  When we went to the base for our sons swearing and everything all we had to have was our 2 kids birth certificates.  You could call your daughters recruiter and maybe they will be able to tell you. I'm getting so excited to see my son.  He's never been away from home unitl now.  It's been really hard.
Comment by Lisa on January 18, 2011 at 9:52pm
My son just had PIR on 1/14 and I also have a 14 year old who went and he had a passport but they did not check it.  They did check my husband and son who is 17 and mine.  They have a list and they ask your recruits name and then they ask your name. If your son has a school photo with name on it I am sure that would be fine.


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