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 10:17pm on February 1, 2024, Ms. Military said…
I'm feeling the same way right now. My husband left on the 24th of Jan. When to expect a letter. I have no info on anything right now.
At 1:09pm on January 23, 2024, Chipmunk said…

I am not sure why there doesn't seem to be any way to reply to your discussion that you posted - Hello! I’m a New navy spouse and my husband left for basic training January 7th 2024 and I was just wondering when should I expect a phone call or a letter from him ? because I feel like I’m going crazy lol I’ve been using Sandboxx to write him letters and they are saying delivered but I haven’t gotten any replies yet.

But here is my response - It is most likely that it will still be another week or so before you receive a physical letter from your spouse. I am assuming that if you are writing letters to him that you received his mailing address through the Sandboxx app instead of receiving a paper (form) letter in the mail. A recruit mailroom petty officer from your husband's division will have to be assigned and trained before they can start dispersing the mail to the SRs (seaman recruits), and that takes a bit as well. We call this time The GREAT SILENCE and for all practical purposes, it is your bootcamp training as well, to prepare you for when he is out on deployment and radio silence. 

This is why you make connections to places like N4Ms and other groups as you continue on your navy journey.  

At 1:01pm on January 23, 2024, Chipmunk said…

 Iyonna - Good morning and welcome to the N4M site. I want to encourage you to come join the BC Mom and Loved ones group on here. Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) - Navy For Moms (

From your profile, you indicate that your husband is at BC and that is okay, we have had various family members join this group over the years. There is a lot of information on that group page. It is easier to view this site on a computer, so if you are on your mobile device we usually recommend that you go to desktop mode, to not miss anything. The Comment Wall area on the BC Mom pg is all the way towards the bottom past information and past discussions, but that is the best place to post your questions or share your emotions. 

As for the question you posted regarding hearing from your husband, I am not sure how things are with Sandboxx now (that wasn't an option that I knew of when my son was in 6+ years ago, and they still sent the form letters by mail with their mailing address) but when my son was in, it was about 2-3 weeks before I had his mailing address and I think it was 3 - 4 weeks before I had his first letter. 

This post may be helpful - Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit - Navy For Moms (

Also, in the middle of the BC Mom group page, under information, is an approximate timeline of when things will likely happen. My son was not allowed to write on any days other than Sunday afternoon. He always said he only had about 10 minutes to write. Their letters were mailed on Monday and mine arrived on Thursday, those on the west coast or farther would usually get them later. 

At 12:08pm on January 23, 2024, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Welcome to Iyonna!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question.  This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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