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



Did you know that posting something as simple as a name or an innocent
photograph can threaten lives and missions thousands of miles away?

To help you get a better understanding of how you can continue to be a responsible N4M member, we encourage you to watch this brief video from two experts responsible for keeping our site – and our Sailors – safe.

Dave Linabury is the SVP Social Media Director at Campbell-Ewald. He’s a nationally recognized blogger, a frequent speaker and panelist at Internet conferences, and has done in-depth research on internet safety.

Senior Chief Tom Jones is the Public Affairs Officer for Navy Recruiting
Command, and has 18 years of experience in Navy media, including
photography, videography, journalism and public affairs.

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Comment by Cynthia on March 29, 2016 at 10:55pm
So happy to be a part of something so great and exciting . My daughter we to boot camp on the 16 of March. And I miss her dearly. Got box and graduation invite but I cannot wait to get a letter.
Comment by Marilyn on February 2, 2016 at 3:39pm

Great info. Thank you

Comment by Knights15 on December 6, 2015 at 4:43pm
Would anyone know where I could purchase a Christmas from Great Lakes and one for my sons recent time in Charleston. I thought the ornaments might make a great way to remember his Navy journey.
Comment by Tati's mum on August 5, 2015 at 2:18pm

Good info. Thanks. 

Comment by Vivian on July 15, 2015 at 5:59pm
My plug in is not supported I can't watch the video
Comment by psBlessed on March 31, 2015 at 3:25pm

thank you so much for the great info...will very well help in every area...thank you again

Comment by live laugh love on January 8, 2015 at 6:23pm
We were worried at first- if or how we were going to communicate with our SR but there seemed to be a lot of communication since we joined navy for mom LINK: RTC LINK.There are a lot of positive links that GREAT LAKES provided for parents and families... Thank you for all those links...Best wishes to all
Comment by lfredrick on November 24, 2014 at 9:00pm
I'm looking forward to the graduation. Even though I still miss my daughter.
Comment by Malie2014 on September 28, 2014 at 7:17pm
New to the group is anyone out there got anyone in unit 319
Comment by bujjamma12 on August 19, 2014 at 7:44pm

Thank you so much for inviting  me into Navy for moms. My son went for boot camp on 21st of July. Last week he called and said he was hurt and in rehab.  Today is his Birthday and also he is undergoing some neurological tests to see his nerves are ok to be return to the training. He is very nervous.  I know I can't talk to him. Is there any thing I can do for him?

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