This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.
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FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET STARTED:
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!
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.
**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). Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.
RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021 - ONLY 2 GUESTS ALLOWED
MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED.
NO MASK, NO ENTRY
**UPDATE - 2020**
Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.
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 isno 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.
Thank you for the friend request! I'm a newbie in here....my son just passed his MEPS. I just want to learn and know as much as I can about the Navy and what my son is about to become a part of and experience.
Thank you for reaching out. My son is likely to be in Goose Creek, SC for around 18 months or so (if all goes well!), so not likely he will be in Norfolk anytime soon. Nonetheless, when my father was in the Navy in the early 50's (Little Creek), there was a wonderful couple who had him (and fellow sailors) over numerous times. The support was wonderful for him! Best wishes to you this holiday season and thank you for all you do!
Hi. My son said he might be interested, so could you send me your cell number so I can text it to him? Thanks so much. He's on the USS Bataan. How would he get to your house? He's thinking of buying a bicycle, as the base is so big. Thanks again.
Hi Yvonne! Thank you so much for checking on us. My nephew graduated boot camp on Jan. 4th. We went up for four day's and had an awesome time with him. He proposed to his girl that weekend on top of the Willis Tower. It was perfect. Right now he is in A school at Great Lakes for about 8 months and then to Virginia or San Diego for C School for FC. Not sure as of yet where he will go. I know at this point he is hoping for some place WARM! Poor Florida boy is having a hard time in that cold.
Thank you for asking about my sailor. He is doing very well on the ship. In fact he was just named Junior Sailor of the Quarter! He has been deployed since Oct. 19, and they have only visited 1 port. He does truly enjoy his job, so doesn't mind being out to sea. We do get to talk to him about once every 3 weeks for a short conversation. Unless they are running silent which they seem to do quite a bit. Then we don't even get an e-mail. As the end gets closer, I am getting excited to see him. Now we are just trying to figure out how do we get on base to welcome home the ship!
Thank you for the message and the kind invitation extended to my son. He's not having the best of times right now and it may be good for him to get out to some normal surroundings. I'll be sure to pass on your invitation to him and I'll get back to you.
Thank you so much for the kind words! Yes I did see your page and I looked at some of the pictures! You seem to be a wonderful couple. Thank you so much for being so welcoming to those serving. My Husband retired Navy about 5 years ago. We are celebrating 25 years marriage this summer. I guess before I share so much am I allowed to share? Can i post his name? Or pictures? I don’t understand this whole group as of yet and how it all works. Looking forward to learning.
Yes, both of my children are heading to boot camp 10 day apart. My son hardly will speak to me, because I am the parent who has the rules at my house, no matter what age my children are, and we have had a big difference of opinion, and he chose to not speak to me. I love him, no matter what, and am praying for him constantly. My daughter and I are very close, and she will be leaving in 9 days. my heart is full of pride for my children, and sorrow at the same time, because they grew up way too fast! Thank you for your friend request. It is nice to have prayer warriors in our corner! Sherri
John and Yvonne would you give me your number on a private message so I could forward it to my son? He arrived at Virginia yesterday and I mentioned what you do and he said he would like to meet you. Thank you!
I don’t know what to say or do to help my 23 year old son who has been in the Navy since May. Knowing your husband was a Chaplin in the Navy, I thought maybe he or both of you might have some words of wisdom. To make a long story short...my son came home for the second half of stand-down, of Christmas vacation, day before yesterday. Minutes after he walked in the door, I knew something was wrong, as he broke down in tears. Earlier that morning around 4 am, my son was making his rounds, as it was his 24 hour duty rotation turn. He came upon one of his fellow submates, new to the sub, only 2 weeks on, with his wrists slashed. My son, being first on the scene, followed protocol, stopped the bleeding & did all that was required, calling the necessary personal to get the sailor to the hospital on time. Sometime early this morning, my son’s CO called my son to tell him, the young man did not make it. My son has barely been in the Navy 7 months, to witness this, plus his sub is in dry dock & he is now so discouraged, that he can’t even be on a “working” sub after all the schooling & preperation he has gone through, I don’t know what to tell him or how to approach him. When he first came home, I was able to comfort him a little by saying, “you were lucky to get there when you did, you probably saved this young man’s life” , but now even that is out the window. What do I say or tell him? If my son wants me to, I will call our Pastor to come & talk with him, but until then, I am at a lose.