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 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.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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 11:08am on December 2, 2016, diane {Shawns mom} said…

Back at Ya..

At 7:16am on November 4, 2016, CCR said…

Back atcha!

At 12:37am on November 4, 2016, lemonelephant said…
At 2:50pm on October 16, 2014, Melissa (Tucson) said…
I'm leaving a comment from January 12, 2010....where has he time gone??
At 7:48pm on April 1, 2014, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Mary, The new adoption for Molly's Adopt A Sailor was announced today. We hope you will help us send some love from home to these sailors on the USS Truxtun (destroyer).

At 9:51am on February 1, 2014, carrie said…

Hi Mary, I sent a email about a week or two ago, I had some stress since my sailor been on deployment.  I really need to network with the other N4M & other groups.  Also, need help with my profile & setting pages. Because I hadn't been out here since I joined in July 2010. A new administration did email me back I somehow accidently lost her reply and don't know if my private setting is correct.  I think it happen adding you has a friend, I don't know what I did wrong.  Need an Administration help.  Thanks Carrie

At 8:09pm on June 25, 2013, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Mary, You are now a member of "MAS We Ship Love" so you have access to all the addresses. Sorry I was a little slow because I am in a small town in Michigan and have to go to McDonald's to use their WIFI for a few days while I am here!! Pat

At 9:36am on September 13, 2012, Teacake928 said…

Hi! My son joined in  2009. He is on the DDE. He is following in my family's footsteps. My dad was in WW2 , 1brother retired recently  as LT commander, 1 brother army, uncles, cousins, and my sister's oldest son is a retired sub man. He is single right now. He is a nuke.  We are so proud of him!!


At 9:50am on August 19, 2012, CCR said…

Mary add Leisa Ship 13 Div309     to your friends list.

At 1:36pm on June 10, 2012, chinadoll19 said…

Hi Mary count me and Matthew to come on July 31, where is this restaurant? I lived in Smyrna. Did you post this to the event? I would like to come to the meet and greet. - China

At 8:53am on December 8, 2011, CCR said…

baylorbear works with me.  Her daughter is in boot camp now.  Kathleen - who started the USS Blue Ridge page lived in WACO.  She showed up at work and for a month - even while Patrick was here - I couldn't figure out where I knew her from. She works with the rehab people contracted.  I finally figured it out when we were in a meeting and she said her son used to be on the blue ridge.  DUH

At 10:27am on September 22, 2011, NukeMom said…


I am still learning how to navigate this site...please pardon my ignorance... Cameron left for Basic or PIR? Still learning the lingo....  Sept. 20th...after PIR he is headed to Charleston, SC for A school...Nuclear Engineering...

At 10:19am on September 12, 2011, NukeMom said…

Well tell your husband Happy Birthday from all of us! We are very excited and I know Cameron is ready to go! Keep us in your prayers.


At 1:48pm on August 15, 2011, abbyblue said…
At 1:14am on July 24, 2011, Emily said…
Hey Mary! I am actually no longer in Cornelius but I LOVED that area. I miss it quite a bit! So your husband is the FC right? I read your comment on my page, along with Deb's, and I got you two mixed up. I am still getting the hang of N4M. I went on here a lot when my husband first left but now that I am over the initial hump of anxiety I haven't frequented the site as much. It is funny to look back on here and think about how worried I was a couple of months ago and now I feel like a pro so far. I am sure I will have questions though, especially when my husband classes up for a-school. Anyway, has your husband retired? How do you like the Lake Norman area? Are you living down south too? Ok now that I have played 20 questions I will be going! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
At 11:56pm on July 20, 2011, Elizabeth said…
oh so he will definitely go on a ship at least once in the job he has now. and after that he stays shore duty?
At 8:06pm on July 19, 2011, Elizabeth said…
oh ok yeah mine is AECF, and is thinking about FC i think cause he doesn't get shipped out at all or another one
At 11:31pm on July 18, 2011, Elizabeth said…
so your son is AECF
At 1:28am on May 8, 2011, WifeyForLifey!! said…
Hey thanks for the welcome!  I can't wait for the sunshine and warm weather!  We are looking for places online now..
At 1:05am on April 14, 2011, Robyn said…
Hello you commented to me a while back. Yes we ate in southeast Georgia and my son is no longer in ROTC he has graduated high school, bootcamp and " A" school and is now deployed. Im a mess right now he just left about a week ago. Do they get to call home very often we have heard from him once and he sounded like he wasn't allowed to say anything. Like his bootcamp call. I'm so Proud of him I'm just really missing him can you help me with some of my concerns?

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