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 8:28pm on July 6, 2014, Sunny said…

I did not receive a letter from him Thursday, either.  On his last call he had told me he was going to send me one last letter on the 29th.  Something must have made him unable to mail it. 

At 9:10am on July 5, 2014, Sunny said…

I will watch for you and your family.  We will also have our daughter and her husband with us.  We have been empty-nesters for several years, as well.  We haven't gotten our "I'm a Sailor"  call yet.  Have you? 

At 11:23am on July 3, 2014, Sunny said…

Yes, I am taking paper/pen to PIR, too.  We could be facebook friends. That would be nice.  But I don't discuss any Navy business on facebook.  Just recipes and fun stuff.  At the PIR I will be wearing a round pin that I made.  It has the image that you see on my NFM page (the trees and lavender groundcover) and it says "Sunny" on it.  By the way, that's not my real name.  I'll tell you when I meet you.  How will I recognize you?  I can tell by your comment about his letter that you're missing your son!  Is this his first time away from home?  They are probably doing Battle Stations today.  Praying for their strength and alertness!  We are leaving Tue morning to drive up there, so you won't hear from me after that.  I don't have internet on my cellphone. 

At 11:20am on July 1, 2014, Sunny said…

So glad to welcome you as a friend!  My husband and I will be at Sarge's meet & greet on the 10th.  Can't wait to meet everybody!   

At 10:25am on June 30, 2014, Beverly said…


I ordered four ribbons for graduation and they sent me a message to share with our graduating group.

If you order and use coupon code NAVYMOMSJULY2014 they will apply a 10% discount to our orders!

What is a PIR Ribbon?

PIR ribbons are worn by family and friends during the “meet and greet” and at the Pass In Review (PIR) ceremony.   It’s a fun way to show support and pride for your sailor and other sailors in their division. 

Custom Military Graduation Support Ribbons

Just got them in and they look incredible!

At 12:49pm on June 17, 2014, jskye810 said…

I am doing pretty well... I wish it were Thursday though! I have a gem and feel really blessed to have such an incredible man. He really is selfless and making the effort to write me no matter what. He said that it will be tough and letters may be shorter but just another challenge he will have to endure. I do have a question, for the meet and greet, do I have to buy a ticket or register. I was planning on going...

At 8:11pm on June 10, 2014, jskye810 said…

In Regards to the FB site... I requested and still pending. Had to answer the questions so hopefully soon!

At 8:03pm on June 10, 2014, jskye810 said…

I have not ordered my ribbons yet... that was in the packet info right? I still need to go through all that! 

At 8:01pm on June 10, 2014, jskye810 said…

Yeah, the call we got yesterday was an hour because he earned it too about a week ago. He said he was going to be able to call again but he was not sure when that was going to be able to take place. 

At 7:11pm on June 10, 2014, jskye810 said…

If your attending graduation, I will definitely have to look out for you! So great to know someone else that can relate to this process outside of family. :) 

At 11:47pm on June 7, 2014, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to NAVYForMoms!

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 and this Survival Guide for NavyForMoms Newbies that was created by one of our members.

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


At 11:39pm on June 7, 2014, lemonelephant said…

If your Username contains your last name, you need to make changes 1, 2, and 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.

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