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 12:47am on February 20, 2012, lizs mom said…

Hi, you messsaged me quite a while ago then I wasn't on this site for a while. My daughter just had PIR Friday. She is now in San Antonio.  I have lived in Warwick my whole adult life. Which part of Chester were you from.  Hope your sons are doing well.

At 9:12pm on January 9, 2012, theraysmom(Ship11 Div 244) said…

Hi just a update spoke with my son he says he is going on the Enterprise(last deployment for this ship) has been told more or less what he is supposed to doesn't sound hard but couldn"tsay where he is going. He seems to know what is going on wih his trip so we will see what happens.  He sis scheduled to return in a month give or take a couple of days.

At 6:34pm on December 30, 2011, Sue-Pillowcase lady said…

Come and check out Heads at Ease pillowcase project.  We did the entire ship in Dec 2009.

At 10:49pm on October 16, 2011, Anna said…
Thank you for the info!!!!!
At 9:34pm on October 16, 2011, Anna said…


I saw your post on Storymom's blue candle event page with the picture of the Navy candle.  I'd like some information on where I can get one!!  Thank you!!

At 4:26pm on October 16, 2011, diannep said…
accepted your friend request!
At 3:40pm on September 26, 2011, Donna said…
It's ironic, I have carried my sons letter with me every day but it is at home today. I will give you more details when I go home and get letter but know that I and my family laugh everytime we read it. Only a few had time to write they are helping each other he wrote lots of encouraging advice to his younger brother who is in DEP waiting to leave. Let me see if I can figure out how to chat in private. Ha Ha typing on tiny phone keyboard is no fun.
At 1:33pm on September 20, 2011, JustinsMom (Ship 09/Div 359) said…
Thank you, i have been exploring the site and all the in's and out's ..Everyone has been really helpful and so nice!...I'm doing ok but i will be better after that first real letter i get..I know its only been 2 weeks but seems like forever to me!...
At 8:36am on September 15, 2011, Trace said…

Thank you, I have been trying to figure out how to navigate around the site I think I have it now. I'm so glad you got your letter. I received mine on Sat. 9/10. We have a small post office and everyone knows everyone else. When I saw his writing I was excited and said to Post master oh my gosh did you see this....she just looked at me laughed and said yea Trace I put it in the box. She was waiting to see my reaction. And of course I wrote to my SR and had to tell him about it I'm sure he will get a laugh from it.  

At 8:17am on September 15, 2011, Trace said…

It is nice to meet you, I just joined N4M's right after my son left, Sept 1. Now that I have been reading everything I should have joined awhile ago. There is alot to learn. Yes I hope they are friends that would be great.

At 1:30pm on September 8, 2011, KimberlyAnn said…
So we have no Internet with the 7 days of rain we've had, I can't reply to the discussion board via mobile so I am gonna try the box today, sat on the floor of my bedroom with the door locked and cried while I opened it. Trying to smell him on the clothes he wore the last time we saw him his scent was there along with the pizza he had for dinner that night at the airport...spoke with his recruiter again today, no ship/division or address yet...I will pray for patience on that one, I am so anxious to send him the letters we've been writing. How are you doing? Staying busy? 
At 5:51am on September 8, 2011, KimberlyAnn said…
Hi there...I am doing well. Thank you. Staying busy, no matter what I am doing, my thoughts always seem to stray back to Brandon. Wondering what his schedule is like? What he's eating? If he's connected with anyone? I spoke with his recruiter who told me that Brandon will be there for 9 weeks, which puts his PIR Nov. 4th, but everyone else that left on the same day has their PIR Oct. 28th??? Did I miscount? Tell me how you are doing?  Keeping busy. Thank you for taking the lead on the PIR group, hope I get to stay in this one!! Have a blessed day... Oh, and did not get the box yet or the letter and his recruiter didn't have any info yet either on dates and addresses...Kimberly 
At 10:46am on September 6, 2011, KimberlyAnn said…
I was so happy to hear from you...I was beginning to think I was the only mom who said see ya soon to their child on Sept. 1st...we searched before he left for anyone he could connect with as well, but couldn't find anyone. I waited, and thought if there are any moms out there who feel the way I do, I will find them on here. I look forward to taking this journey with you as only a mom could understand...waiting for the "box" and form letter...and yes I have been writing letters like it's my job...take care Kimberly
At 1:58pm on September 5, 2011, FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW said…


I sent you a message in your inbox about the 10/28/2011 PIR group.


At 4:13pm on November 12, 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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