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."


**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 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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Navy Speak

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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Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress. Para Familias

Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


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  • SHIP 14 DIV.056/Mom/Cristy
  • joesmom (ship 14-div056)
  • bela02
  • DebbieF (Ship 14 Div 055)
  • bg's mom  (daughter in RCU))
  • FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW
  • Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons

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At 1:17pm on December 3, 2012, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…

Thanks so much for your interest in the ribbons or other items I make. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. I am more than happy to help with anything I can. I will have my cell number at the end of this message and if you ever need anything at all please let me know. I may not always know the answer to a question but I can usually find out pretty quickly :-).

The ribbons are a great way to show your pride and support for your Sailor. They also make it easy to recognize others from the same division and they make a wonderful keepsake. You can check them out on my facebook pages or my website. I am happy to help in any way I can. You can always reach me on Navy for Moms, through my email:  andhere  is a link to my website

Please share the info about the ribbons and other items on my website on navy for Moms and on facebook. Word of mouth is my only advertisement so I really appreciate your help J

I look forward to hearing all about your recruit. I hope you are handling everything okay. This can be very hard for so many people, including me.

Talk soon,


At 11:34pm on November 27, 2012, SHIP 14 DIV.056/Mom/Cristy said…


I am having a hard time seeing who comments on what I comment


At 12:24pm on November 21, 2012, DebbieF (Ship 14 Div 055) said…
Hey there I'm originally from Edison ,NJ. I'm in NC now. My sons PIR is 1/11 also! His ship is 14 div 055!
At 11:45am on November 21, 2012, Meaghan said…
Hi Leigh. I am having a tough time navigating the site also but I am sure glad it is here! My sons name is shane. If its easier we can email I have other kids at home but it doesn't make it easier. Its nice to be able to talk with other moms going through the same thing.
At 9:31am on October 19, 2012, bela02 said…

Hi, PIR means graduation after boot camp...

At 11:48pm on October 10, 2012, 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! :)



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