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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 5:12pm on March 2, 2013, BunkerQB said…

Cookie and Patrick's Mom.

We have a number of Christian Faith based groups.  Here are two of them.

Good luck to both your recruits and please thank them for us. My son finished his commitment to the Navy last year and is now a civilian.  I will be backing off from Navy for Moms and limiting my involvement to my local San Francisco Bay area group and maintaining the Survival Guide for new members (have you seen this?). We'll need new members to carry on the tradition.

At 2:47pm on January 13, 2013, Cookie said…

Hello Patrick's mom, read your comments about the Lord taking care of Patrick.  Wanted to say, how I completley agree and despite what anyone thinks, says, or does, God is always faithful and hears our prayers.  Hugs in the Lord.


At 10:45pm on December 9, 2012, BunkerQB said…

There is not a group for the USS Bremerton. Few groups associated with subs. You should join the Sub Moms group and the Hawaii group. In addition, be sure your son puts submits your contact info to the ships ombudsman. My son's sub had a closed group on Facebook. You have to ask the ombudsman to approve your request to join the group.

Underlined are clickable links. Good luck.

At 2:45am on August 18, 2012, MissingmySailor said…

ps i LOVE the pics of you and your son!!!!!!

At 11:03pm on August 17, 2012, MissingmySailor said…

I can't believe it took us this long!! Haha!

At 6:53pm on June 10, 2012, Popeye's Mom Alum DIV 031 1-6-12 said…

I love your wall! Very cool, especially your photos!

At 11:32pm on May 15, 2012, Mom2TJ said…

hello Patrick's Mom... I am very interested in knowing what happened with your son so maybe I can get a real feel of what my son is really up against and it sounds like there really might be a light at the end of the tunnel??


At 1:01am on February 27, 2012, CoMom92 (Ship 03 Div 047) said…

Patricksmom--do you have a PIR date for your son yet?  Just wondering how he was doing :D


At 4:23pm on February 25, 2012, carols_kitchen said…

My prayers with be with you in Battlestations and beyond :)

At 4:21pm on February 21, 2012, carols_kitchen said…

Just checking in to see how you are doing.

At 9:34pm on January 16, 2012, CoMom92 (Ship 03 Div 047) said…

patrick'smom what div did your son end up in?  I hope you get a call or a longer letter soon!


At 2:39pm on January 8, 2012, Robin - Nuke ET said…

Hi Patrick's Mom...So grateful to be here with all of you.Thanks for the friend request.  I'm still learning my way around with website so I'm not sure that my comments are going where I want them to.  I plan to be here often so I'm sure I will figure things out.   I know I have ready posts from you this week (I just got started here), but how long has your son been at bootcamp?

At 2:00pm on January 3, 2012, lemonelephant said…

Thanks for the Friend Request.  If there is anything that I can help you with, please let me know.  You have joined some good groups and will find a lot of great information there.  Take care and blessings to you and your soon-to-be-Sailor.

At 3:54pm on January 2, 2012, carols_kitchen said…

Looks like you have found some great groups to join.  Let me know if you need anything.  We just got back from visiting our sailor up in Portsmouth, VA.  We even had our anniversary dinner with 4 sailors--how much fun!   Carol

At 11:18pm on January 1, 2012, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…

Hi Patrick's Mom :-) I got a request from you in my email to join Navy for Moms that said you were wanting to order ribbons. If you click on my name it will take you to my page. Then in the top left side click on add as friend and that will send me a friend request on this site :-) Then I will send you all the info for ordering ribbons as well as some helpful PIR tips. You will find you messages on the right side of your page where it says inbox. Thanks so much and let me know if you have any questions at all. Lora (aka Lala)

At 11:33pm on December 26, 2011, 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 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 Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

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


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