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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



Growing up with a mom who celebrated every birthday, milestone, and accomplishment, I learned at an early age that no feat was too large or small to go un-noticed. Mom taught me to enjoy the big and little things in life. And I liked it! As a mother of four, God blessed me with many opportunities to commemorate these passages of life also.

 So when the time drew near for “future sailor Tetrick” to head off to her Navy basic training, this mom needed to have a “sending forth”, although, Ali didn’t want to be a bother.  With only a few days notice, family and friends joined us at church to do their well wishing… and it did my heart good!  Ali enjoyed it, too.

A few minutes after clean up detail, we were heading to Fargo, ND to attend the swearing in the following day. I was so thankful to get one more night to visit with our Ali and hear of her adventures. Thankfully she told me on the way, that she would not be staying in my room, explaining that the recruits were already assigned rooms… consequently, that gave me a few hours to adjust to another part of the unexpected separation process.

Our son drove, while the two laughed and shared stories in the front seat. I listened and prayed. We arrived in plenty of time to check in, unpack and head to dinner. Red Lobster seemed like a good choice. The food was delicious and we all laughed some more.  Once back at the motel, Ali felt it important to settle in to her room early to get in some last minute studying.  We both remembered at the same time that she had wanted one more trim in hopes of escaping the navy barber. So ironically, our last night together, I got to comb through her hair as I did hundreds of times long long ago. And with a snip snip and a hug, it was “goodnight”.

The recruits had an early morning wake up call, so she decided it best to meet up with them for breakfast. Her brother and I would catch up with her at the processing center for the “swearing in “. Ali’s recruiter ended up having to drive another recruit so he stopped in to say hello- a familiar face in unfamiliar surroundings. We enjoyed listening to the officer leading the ceremony, all smiles and personable. A highlight was meeting another Navy mom.  Suddenly it was alright to take pictures and make a little bit of a big deal out of the swearing in, a “more power in numbers thing”… a few poses in front of the American flag and we were off to meet our recruits for their sending off at the airport.

All of the meeting up here and there proved helpful in the separation process. At the airport, the other Navy mom and I exchanged phone numbers and hugs, saying our final farewells to our future sailors and bid each other God’s peace and blessings until we would meet again at graduation. As we made our way to the car, I felt a sense of relief… the day I had dreaded had come and I would be alright… better yet was the peaceful assurance that our future sailor was right where God had led her to be.

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