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 9:35pm on August 12, 2010, Tiff'sMom (Sharon) said…
txsailorsam..... did you find it?? How to make it where we know when someone posts? It took me forever... but finally found it! LOL
At 11:16pm on August 11, 2010, Robin W said…
I just got my letter today...finally!!! His PIR is 09/24...I am so ready to go see him!!! One week down...I am just counting them down.
At 1:19am on August 11, 2010, LTLY said…
We went to the Air Force first also, but were turned away bc of my husband's age.
Sounds like your son is a smart fella! Good for you...and him!
It has been about a year since I have been down in that area. I have family and friends in Alvin and surrounding areas, but they have been coming up here for visits. Do you plan on going to the PIR ceremony?
At 3:50pm on August 10, 2010, LTLY said…
My husband is 33. He has always thought about joining the military, but went to college to play football, and has had sales jobs mostly. We thought long and hard, wrote many pros/cons lists and had several late night discussions about him joining. Frankly, the corporate world is just not secure and he was tired of going to work each day wondering if he would be laid off. The company he worked for went through over 20 account managers in the past year, and 4 or 5 team managers. Very scary! Our first anniversary was in April. I still consider us newly weds! Both of us had previous marraiges. We have a great love story, maybe I will write about it one day.
I am actually from Galveston, BOI !! We are now in Fort Worth and enjoy it very much. It has definatly been hot here!
Your son will do great, especially with your prayers and support! I smiled when I opened the box, but I balled when I got the form letter.
At 11:39pm on August 9, 2010, Robin W said…
My grandson is my step-daughter's baby. She is the same age as my oldest daughter, so I am definitely old His name is Noah. He is my little angel!! I don't really know any more than what I have read about the 900 division. I thought those were the performing divisions. Like band, marching, etc. Does your son have special talents like that? Maybe I am wrong, but seems like I read that could ask JessicaB...she has answered some questions for me. Where is Houston? Have a good day...or night! I am a night owl so I usually don't check until around 10pm or later. If you don't hear from me during the day...just wait...hahaha
At 10:17pm on August 8, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
Click Here for your STG group.
At 7:55pm on August 5, 2010, lori said…
That's great that Sam was given such a great start. I know my son said that the 'older' guys did much better at adjusting in BC. Good for him!
I have a photo of Paul with his nephew on my page as well. Is this your grandson? He misses his nieces and nephews and they him.
At 3:06pm on August 5, 2010, lori said…
How are you doing today? I love the pics you have up. Is that your son Sam with a sibling? So cute!
That's great he's going to be at SD.. a coveted spot! That's where my son Paul is hoping to do 'C' school. But he could be sent to VA. Not far from us.
Hang in there.. the wait till you hear from him via letter seems forever. Then you will get one every week and your mail man will become your best friend... or worst enemy!
Was Sam a DEP?
At 10:23am on August 5, 2010, lori said…
so glad you got the call. Very scripted. He will be up now for about 72 hours. Getting his kit and physical. They sleep sitting on the floor sometimes. No food either! That made my 'mom' heart hurt... but didn't hear that till later. Just know he's in a good place and he will be fine. Are you writing your letters to him now? It helps. Then when you get the address you can send them. They hold the mail for 2 weeks so even when you do get the address and send his mail he won't receive it right away. Sam will do great. How old is he? What is he hoping to do in the Navy?
At 9:34am on August 2, 2010, Tee-1sailor's mom said…
Hi txsailorsam, WELCOME to Safe Harbor. I hope you enjoy our little group. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. (I'm the group creator.)
At 10:07pm on July 20, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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Elizabeth and Colleen

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