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.
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.
"I like the count Fridays advice! My son left this Thursday, May 9. So Friday was his Day #1. My first Friday without him, and 8 more to go until we see him graduate. Hopefully. Assuming no delays. This is hard. Glad there are others who are with us,…"
"I received my personal letter yesterday. It was such a relief. Everything I have seen and read about bootcamp has made it sound like pure torture. Thankfully, my son is taking it well, and told me it was easier than he…"
"SuzyPWarrior, there is one that may or may not be very active. Use group search function(its spelled with no space network the words) but as someone who's sailor has been in for over 4 years, I can say for me it took a long time to adjust. On…"
"SuzyPWarrior - my son was also anxious to leave the nest. He’s also 18yrs old and I didn’t realize I wasn’t ready for it until he left to bc about 3 wks ago but it’s just a normal part of growing up and it’s healthy.…"
"I'm still processing my emotions, missing my SR. He turned 18 and was ready to go. Cleaned up his room last night, boxing up clothes, etc. Does it get any easier? I think I need the "empty nester's" group now!"
Anyone receive the form letter yet? If so please share to give hope for those of us who are still waiting!!! :) My son arrived 4/8 and the wait continues - we are 16 days in! I know no news is good news, but that form…"
"AbbyGail - you are correct - the official letter should arrive about 9-14 days after arrival. Keep writing your letters in the meantime - just # them in the bottom corner so your SR knows what order to open them in. As soon as you get…"
"No, I haven't gotten my form letter as of yet either. I thought I read somewhere that it will arrive in 2 or 3 weeks after getting "the box." But, ladies please let me know if that's correct. I've already written him a…"
"I'm also glad to be part of this group. I just finished going through my son's box. A part of me just wanted to fall apart and I wished that my son was also sent with the package. Missing him a whole bunch and worrying (as mother's…"
"Hi Brenda - we're neighbors - I'm in Riverside. It's nice that your son prepared you for each step of the process ;-D
Don't forget to sign up for USPS Informed Delivery - sign up and receive an email from the US…"
My son arrived at GL 4/10 and I'm so glad that I found this group. I've been glued to my computer just trying to read all the info on here. Its great to read what other moms are feeling and going through because I feel like my…"
"So cool to connect with you and others whose sons arrived same day 4/9!
My son hasn't been the one that handled authority or structure well. I hope this is life changing for him - he needs it! It was hard to let him go, but so excited for…"
"Hang in there ladies! Remember to keep your phones handy and no news is good news! Count Fridays rather than individual days (the time will go faster this way!). Come here and vent - no one understands as well as another Navy Mom…"
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.
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!!