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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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.



The journey from civilian to sailor begins in Great Lakes, Ill., home to the U.S. Navy's Recruit Training Center. Follow a group of new arrivals, from many different walks of life, as they prepare for their training. See their stories and learn why each chose to become part of the Global Force for Good on, above and under the sea.

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Comment by Phoenixmom on February 12, 2020 at 1:25pm

Hi JoeB to the left are some videos that were done in 2018 and most up to date. Come Join Boot camp Moms (for Loved Ones ) we have much info there. Hi I am PhoenixMom and I help out on there if there is anything that you are looking for let me know. Glad to have you along.

Comment by JoeB on February 12, 2020 at 12:18pm

All of these posts are soooo old. Isnt there any more recent?

Comment by MJDT16! on December 15, 2016 at 4:01pm

Hello all, I got my first letter from my daughter TODAY!!!  one HAPPY MOM !!!

Comment by kfallsfan on January 30, 2014 at 11:23pm

I too am experiencing the same feelings of grief.  My daughter left for boot camp Monday. I am struggling to find a new normal.  Although I know that this the best for her and support her decision it's been hard and I feel like I'm lost, broken and empty. I don't know about you but the flag took on a whole new meaning now's my child. I hope that this site will help me through this new transition in being a navy mom.

Comment by doublegmom on January 27, 2014 at 2:27am

Hello all, my son is leaving tomorrow from san diego.  he is sleeping in his room right now, which will be the last time until I don't know when.  Before he went to bed he said he was nervous, anxious, excited but most of all sad to leave.   I am very proud of him but I don't want my baby to leave.  I am going to miss him so much.  

Comment by genny0665 on January 26, 2014 at 7:15pm
Good afternoon, my son is leaving for boot camp tomorrow and I can't stop crying. I had known for months the day he was leaving, however yesterday I took my son to Navy FCU and reality hit me!!! My baby is leaving!! I know I have to be strong tomorrow when he gets sworn in. I'm so proud of him, however I will miss him so much. Is this normal??? Any suggestions, I don't want to cry tomorrow and worry my son : (
Comment by navymom095 on January 15, 2014 at 11:10pm

Oh my just saw the video "welcome to boot camp" and confident that my child will survive.

Comment by KimAnn on January 7, 2014 at 12:41am

My son leaves for Boot Camp one week from today....I am soaking him up like a sponge - enjoying every moment with him.  There will be quite a large gap in my life - I am praying that this site will fill a portion of that gap.

Comment by nikkih01 (ship 014 div 308)! on June 23, 2013 at 10:42am

My son left for bc a few days ago. His sister couldn't wait to get his room. Lol I missed his first call but he spoke to his dad. I miss him so much. I am so proud. But I want him to be proud of himself. Can't wait to see him in his uniform.

Comment by Tami on June 13, 2013 at 5:04am
My son called at 1:42am he made it to the Great Lakes. I know he will do well. I will have him in my prayers always. Looking forward to hearing from him in 2weeks. I love him so much.

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