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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At 12:40am on August 22, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link).I suggest "Just My Friends" since you have chosen to include pics of your Sailor on your My Page.

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP Code to one that is not easily associated with you or your Sailor.

At 12:38am on August 22, 2016, lemonelephant said…

What is your Sailor's rating (job/specialty) and/or where is he stationed (what vessel, if one)? There may be groups I can direct you to.

At 12:25pm on August 15, 2010, diannep said…
Take the earliest shuttle! Worked out great for us! Saw your post on the 8/13 group.
At 7:41pm on August 9, 2010, maneafiveboys said…
my son is in div 07 ship 287 we live five hours away from great lakes so we will be attending the graduation
At 11:01am on August 6, 2010, Sylvia*Cali-mom said…
Hi Charlie's mom,
We're flying in from San Diego, we hope with our flight time that we'll be able to make the Meet & Greet. Hope to see you there! :)
At 3:11pm on August 5, 2010, Sylvia*Cali-mom said…
Hi Charlie's Desertmom,
Nice to meet you! This N4M's website has been my lifeline. Our son is 19 and is Ship 04, Div.285. He's a grad & go and is in aviation field. How about yours?
At 2:56pm on July 28, 2010, JoeysmomAOVFA22 said…
Thanks Im glad you are here too. I have heard nothing from my son and neither of his friends. No call yet, but I hope he did do something to not get one. Im pretty upset
At 7:57am on July 28, 2010, diannep said…
Hey! Saw your posts on boot camp group. Thank goodness Jessica was on to answer your questions and find your PIR group for you. Now join your PIR group because you will get lots of info on there. And, your recruit still could be GradNGo. They are told that about 3 weeks before the end of boot camp. Mine was. Still go to PIR! Because you will have all day on Fri with your recruit, and then could meet your recruit at the airport on Sat and wait with all of the recruits....they are bussed out there in the wee hours of the morning, but most sit and wait a large part of the day. You can get a military gate pass to go to the gate with the recruits. You can also give your recruit a cell and/or laptop then to take to A School. They are not allowed to have any of those when still on the recruit base.
At 4:56pm on July 14, 2010, Sanman said…
Hi, my son is in Division 287. He left June 23rd and his PIR is August 13. I received my first letter last week which put it at 16 days after he left. I have yet to receive the phone call. I am a slave to my Cell waiting for it to ring. Dang, I carry it to the bathroom The manner in which he wrote the letter expressed to me he is enjoying the decision he's made to be a Sailor. I feel so proud.
At 10:23am on July 9, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the featured forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community.
Also, check out this OPSEC Internet Safety Video

Enjoy your time here and we look forward (along with the community) to
reading more about you! :)

Elizabeth and Colleen

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