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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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At 10:18am on January 26, 2012, KIM756 said…
Hi Deanna, yes we are going to PIR! I can't wait! We are staying at the Country Inn & Suites. Are you going to Sarge's Meet and Greet? We are, our group will be wearing Purple scarves. What division is your son in? Mine is 07/059.
One more week! Yippee!!
At 11:33pm on January 21, 2012, eljac913 (Ship 12 Div 053) said…

Hi Deanna,

My name is Ellen.  Are you packing yet?  I am so excited but nervous as this is a big week for our SR's.  I am so looking forward to the trip and seeing my son.  I look forward to seeing you at the Meet and Greets.  Ellen

At 8:46pm on January 20, 2012, Army/Navymama said…

Wow we have some common ground nice. Before I became a Realtor I was a GM for Clay Group Properties (Commercial) properties. I've done several commercial transactions I miss my old job its been 3 yrs. Can't wait to meet you.

At 6:44pm on January 20, 2012, diannep said…

Deanna:  Which division do you need a BStations date for?  I have a few of them that ladies have sent me.  Just comment back to me and I'll send it if you still need it.

At 5:34am on December 30, 2011, BunkerQB said…

The USS Triton refers to his BARRACKS. In bootcamp they name their barracks after ships. The list of ships you see refer to the real thing - those vessels which are out in the ocean in service.  Go back to my discussion - here is the link, click on it, scroll down, you'll find a comment I posted on Feb 9, 2011 with a diagram of the ships at RTC Great Lakes. You'll find the USS Triton on the left.

Sorry, I missed you friend request. Hope your recruit is doing well at BC.

At 1:22am on December 29, 2011, proudtobejarsmom said…

I sure will! I live in Texas and I was thinking about driving up there but my Mom and Dad are coming along too and they want to fly. That just means more spending. We are getting a rental car but I will ask around and see what the alternatives are and how convenient they were. I am very excited but feeling overwhelmed because I get stuck making all the arrangements. Oh well! I'd do it all over again if it means seeing my baby graduate.

At 10:39pm on December 14, 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! :) 


At 10:57pm on December 12, 2011, proudtobejarsmom said…

My son told me they can buy their own calling cards. I offered to send him some but he already called me twice and he told me not to worry about it. But if you want to send him one I don't think it'll hurt. Your box and form letter will be there soon. Keep writing him because my son says that is the best thing and it encourages him to do his best when we cheer him on in our letters. Take care!

At 2:43am on December 11, 2011, BunkerQB said…

The USS Triton he is referring to is his barrack. In bootcamp, the barracks are named after ships.  The list of Navy For Moms groups associated with ships refer to ships that are actually in our FLEET - that means the real ones out in the ocean with sailors, guns, missiles. Welcome to Navy For Moms. It's OK to feel overwhelmed and ask questions even if they seem stupid because everyone is in the same boat!

Read this blog I wrote last year for newbies.

In the New Members Stop Here group, look at the videos, pp presentation and other stuff. There is a diagram of the barrack "ships", you'll also find a sample copy of your form letter. This form letter will give you the official PIR date for your sailor. Make some copies and keep in safe place.This reference material is listed as PAGES right under the member icons. 

Good luck.

At 1:15am on December 11, 2011, proudtobejarsmom said…

Yes I have received about 7 letters from him. They didn't start coming untl three weeks after he left. Something about a girl got the whole division in trouble because she was writing letters during watch. They lost their mail privilages for a bit. If that hadn't happened I don't know how soon I would have received mail from him.He called last Sunday around 6pm but I heard the calls home are random. Have you received the form letter from him?

At 9:50pm on December 10, 2011, proudtobejarsmom said…

Welcome Deanna! I have a son in Navy boot camp. He left on Halloween. He graduates January 6, 2011. I am from Texas as well. I've been reading a lot of helpful pages on Navy for Moms.

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