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.



Dear Navy Moms:

I want you all to know that I remember what it was like for me (so long ago). I had to remind myself on a daily basis that "my little boy" was becoming a young man and he was growing up (without me). That was hard to swallow, but I managed to make it through. All these new experiences that your kids are having are very normal. The way they handle those new challenges are mostly depended on what sort of mindset each of them have. Of course there are going to be disappointments along with some major triumphs.  Much like it is in our lives! It is just different for them. They have to manage on their own, usually far away from home. Now is that good or bad, you ask? My answer would be: A good thing! They are becoming those adults that we will be proud of. We should pat ourselves on our backs and tell ourselves what a great job we did raising them. As those young adults, we need to give them the respect that we give other adults. ASK them what they would like us to do to help them, NOT TELL them what to do. They will let you know in their own way.  It is our job to UNDERSTAND what they are telling us.  Good luck to all our moms.


Navy Mom of a Captain

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Comment by proudmomma on June 12, 2014 at 2:11pm

good morning JJ.  thank you so much for your message.  I completely see your point as I had the same thoughts. i think about him everyday since he has been at bc.  today would be day 2 of wk1 (i try to follow his days) this is a good thing.  i can't talk to him like he was a teenager anymore...i need to change too.  my son is going through these challenges to be better and to help him succeed in his career.  it surprises me how people react when they hear that my son is in the navy, they see it as a sad / bad thing.  i know its because im a mom, i wont see my son, it will be sad experience...ect.  but they do not realize that it is a good thing.  he has made this decision on his own.  we support him and are so proud of all the things he will accomplish!  i am grateful for everything as it helps me to stay positive for me and for my son because i know he will make it through.  i am a first time Navy mom.  all this is new to me.  I have to do my part for my son as he is doing for him to stay strong and positive.  i have to change my way of "telling him what to do" instead to understand and treat him as i would an adult.  even though he is enduring the challenges in bc, i am also learning and growing. 

thank you son! I am excited to see you at your graduation!


again, thank you JJ for sharing and for keeping in touch with this site.  even though i'm just starting and new here, i appreciate all the comments and links that help me stay focused.

take care.

proudmama :)

Comment by JJ on June 12, 2014 at 4:31pm

Remember, once a Navy Mom, ALWAYS a Navy Mom.  I am from Minnesota but there are many people that I know that have served in our Navy, so I get positive feed back all the time.  It is wonderful, all the support that I have gotten and have given over the years. No question too small, no reason why you cannot ask.  Someone will be there to answer those questions or steer you in the right direction.  Have a great day.

Comment by Bensma SHIP 14 DIV 260 PIR on June 18, 2014 at 10:45pm

Help...if anyone is still on this blog. I dont know how to connect with people and need friends especially right now that can help me through this time. My son, my youngest is leaving June, 24, 14.  I just want to have some moms to talk to after he ships out and while he is gone

Comment by JJ on June 18, 2014 at 10:53pm

You might want to check into the Navy for Moms by state.  There may be someone really close and you can have coffee, meet for lunch, etc.  Otherwise, Check to see if there are moms out there that have kids on the same ship (if he is on board), or even from the same base. Otherwise, although I am not on this blog much, I get messages sent to my email, so you can always chat with me.  I travel around the country, so I might even be in your area once in a while!!

Comment by yoggi b on June 22, 2014 at 5:57am

Great mess. God bless

Comment by jrw105 on June 22, 2014 at 7:10am

Great message and advice. This is my son's 3rd day at BC and I am just kind of "here". I got the call on Friday at noon that he had made it and his things would be shipped to me in a box in a couple of weeks. I was glad to see that he had made some friends during the weeks leading up to the swearing in ceremony and I know God is keeping an eye on him. Thank you for this group. I will look forward to being a part of it and hopefully sharing some things in the future. 


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