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.



Whew...I found the N4M site yesterday and spent just about the entire day reading blogs, comments and checking out all the "need to know" stuff while impatiently and anxiously awaiting my approval to join to come thru.

My daugther has wanted to join the military for a very, very long time. Now the time is here. She started training with the Marine recruits a year ago (because she wasn't able to join the Navy recruits until she enlisted), turned 18 in March, graduated from HS two weeks ago and has begun the process of enlisting. Her recruiter has been great and my daughter is excited and impatiently waiting her MEPS date so that she can find out if the job she wants is available. Oh, who am I kidding, I'm anxious too! You hear and read horror stories about not getting into the field you want, etc. 

So we're on hold and can't wait to see what the future brings! 

If anyone has any suggestions for us at this stage of the game, I'd welcome them!

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Comment by MamaLamaDingDong: AO/Pensacola on June 7, 2012 at 11:30am

Lady H, Thank you for sharing your positive story about your daughter! Mine has researched several jobs and has 5 that she would really be cool with, 3 that are "okay". With that we'll still pray for the top one and adjust to whatever comes! It helps to hear the stories and gives us more to talk about and "what if" about. What a wonderful experience your daughter is getting! I wish her well in her next venture! Does sound like a wild ride and about to get wilder!

Comment by MamaLamaDingDong: AO/Pensacola on June 7, 2012 at 11:34am

Always a Mom,

So your son is shipping in July but still doesn't know what he'll be headed for? I was under the impression that when she finished her MEPS my daughter would know ship date as well as job. What's your sequence of events been? I'll keep my eyes posted for fun ideas for your going away party and send them on! Good to meet you on here as well and we'll keep ya'll in our prayers!


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