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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 10:45pm on May 11, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Don't forget to make the changes below.

At 1:31am on November 4, 2015, Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom said…

No; my son was stationed there 2008 - 2012.  

At 11:05am on February 4, 2015, Mary (Chris' mom) said…

I sent you a friend request. Our sons may be in the same area soon.

At 1:34am on January 6, 2015, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). 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 your recruit.

Since you have a Sailor, you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" above to "Enlisted."

At 5:04pm on February 15, 2014, Whit and Stephen's Mom (Ann) said…

Laura do you know how many boxes were shipped to the Zappers?  I know you probably don't have a definitive count but a guesstimate would be great.  My daughter's Captain put her name in for an award for organizing her group and they asked for a count.  I can give them our count but would love to get some publicity for Molly's Adopt a Sailor.  Maybe I can get those reservists to organize a packing party once a month!  I know that's wishful thinking but you never know!

At 11:46am on December 19, 2013, PaMom said…

candy cane mice

the candy cane is the tail and a way to hang it from a tree or bunk 

At 2:37am on January 6, 2013, cakers00 said…

Awesome!  Thank you so much!  I will definitely let her know once I convince her to join!  Hope you have a great week!

At 3:57am on December 14, 2012, NukeMom (Class 1318A - GC) said…

Hey Laura - I forgot to ask - since you are in the area.  Do you have any recommendations for accommodations that differ from those here?  

At 1:38pm on August 17, 2012, ProudMaMa-USS Triton 305 said…

Thank u for the input!  I was hoping it would be Ohare, 530am wow.  Did he fly out that early.  Better yet, do u know when they get the travel orders in writing?  Would be nice to know if he is out on Sat. Sun, Mon or even Tues as others have indicated...Thanks!

At 11:00am on February 6, 2012, Tracie (Jacob's mom) said…
Thanks.. I joined the Chicago group.. I would definitely like to be part of a get together. If you see something let me know
At 12:30am on February 5, 2012, Tracie (Jacob's mom) said…

Laura, I was looking at your page to find the group you suggeted Mollys adopt a sailor and noticed you were from Lake Zurich and had Chicago moms on your page too.  Though I live in Indiana we are only 45 mins from Chicago. I have been trying to find a local group that does occasional mom or family get togethers in my area but have come up with nothing.  Does the Chicago moms ever have get togethers?

At 11:38pm on January 27, 2012, June - Jon's Mom said…
Hi Laura, the ship is on an underway right now, preparing for deployment. How long is the C school you son will be in? Which C school?
At 7:42am on October 19, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…
Good morning Laura, You have been approved to join "MAS We Ship Love." How is that sailor doing? Hope to see you again soon! Pat
At 11:26am on September 8, 2011, shownavy said…
Ok just something on a piece of paper?
At 7:16am on September 8, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…

Good morning Laura, Welcome to Molly's Adopt A Sailor! For more information, go to Molly's group page and on the right side below the members pictures, click on "New Moms Read First." If you have questions, please do not hesitate to send me a message. Thanks for joining us!

Have a GREAT time on Friday and please give your sailor a big hug from one of his "other moms." Pat

At 11:50pm on August 30, 2011, medic mom said…
Hey Laura! Just a quick message and then off to bed for me. Glad to meet you. Cannot wait to meet you in person. I am definetly going to be at the Ramada meet and greet. We are actually staying there. My son will be a grad n go. He is a hospital corpsman. My name is Jennifer and I live in Peoria. If there is anything else you wanna know just ask. See you soon.
At 9:14am on December 1, 2010, amanda (PROUD NAVY FIANCEE) said…
Yes everything is alright with me... just trying to get back into reality.
um nothing really new here... how about yourself?
At 8:14pm on November 5, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
Hi and Welcome.
We are happy to have you on the Navy for Moms site. You are invited to join either the Illinois or Missouri family page as listed below. It is a great way to find families in your area and even help plan meet and greets. We also have some packing parties for our troops overseas getting together.
Looking forward to hearing from you in one of our groups!
Be sure and let me know if you have any questions!
PS. Feel free to cruise my page and see if there are any other groups that interest you
At 1:20pm on November 3, 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 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! :)

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