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.  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.

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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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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America's Navy STEM

Today's Sailor can contribute to exciting innovations by pursuing an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Learn more here: Para Padres

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



Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2142
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

Discussion Forum

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by Phoenixmom on Sunday. 6 Replies

Need help

Started by Mysailorboy1980. Last reply by Phoenixmom Jan 26. 3 Replies

(EM) Electricians Mate

Started by MomSeanEM2. Last reply by Phoenixmom Nov 8, 2017. 48 Replies

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Comment by Mattsmomma on October 18, 2017 at 10:22am

Phoenixmom, Hope you are feeling better! NMRob, I'm glad to hear that your Sailor is looking to the future with a positive attitude; I am sure he will do great things.  Happy Wednesday, everyone! 

Comment by NMRob on October 18, 2017 at 10:21am

Update!  My sailor is rerated to S-PACT Undesignated and his contract was tore up.  This is fine since he should not have been in that rate to begin with, but it is what it is.  What frustrates me, is he sat there for 3 hours in front of the ARB and was berated and then telling him he is a Piece Of Shite and a Failure and has no direction in life!  WTH!  First they set him up to FAIL, he is no failure since a failure is someone who doesn't even try, he gave his all in something he didn't qualify for and failed.  This does NOT make him a failure.  Then to call him a Piece of Shit!  Oh no!!!!  This momma is not happy at all!  While I am sure they have a purpose to handle things the way they did, the only they accomplished is he is pissed off and wishes he never joined the Navy!  He is having many regrets!  He does belong to the Navy and hopefully he finds his way being an undesignated sailor and finds his path and has a different out look.  Way to go NAVY.  While I am still proud to be a Navy Mom and proud of my son, I am not happy with the way this handled.  Fortunately, I am doing research and providing my sailor with information to possibly help him. 

Sorry for lashing out, just not happy with the handling of this situation. 

Thanks for listening. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 17, 2017 at 7:38pm

Have a Great Evening Ladies, wishing you all Peace, Love and Happiness!

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 17, 2017 at 10:39am

Good Morning Ladies, It was hard getting out of bed still under the weather but I'm sure I will be fine. Hope you ladies have a great Tuesday, Thank You NMRob your son will find his Journey where ever that may be and he will be Great at it! And best wishes to his Sailor Girlfriend!

Comment by NMRob on October 17, 2017 at 9:37am

Amazingly my Sailor is no longer upset and is ready to determine what his destiny is.  In our conversations, he finally has the right approach that if it is meant to be it will be for this rate.  God will determine what plans he has for him and will see him through.   He has been unhappy with the schooling at GL and is ready to move on, forward and upward and prove what a great Sailor he can be. 

It is the waiting and the unknown of the next steps that is more difficult. 

He has good spirits and a great support system that is proud of him, family and his Sailor girlfriend! 

I will keep this group updated as soon as we hear anything. 

Comment by barefootie on October 17, 2017 at 9:32am
So very sorry to hear about this MNRob. I can’t imagine the frustration and the unknown. Prayers for the best outcome. If this rate isn’t for him he will eventually find the right one in which he can enjoy and thrive. He’s not a failure he may just be on the wrong path.
Comment by Phoenixmom on October 16, 2017 at 7:06pm

Ok Ladies, need to go home. not feeling well, I hope you all have a great evening NMRob I will be Praying for you and your Son. Tell him to keep up the great Job and not to worry. I'm hoping someone will see your message and be able to reply some good news. Keep your Head up everything will work out.

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 16, 2017 at 3:13pm

MNRob please let us know what happens very concerned as I know you are as well. I will pray for you and your son.

Comment by NMRob on October 16, 2017 at 2:54pm

Phoenixmom Thank you.  I am hoping we find out in the next few days what his next steps are.  If he gets deployed or if there is a chance that they will push him back again or what will happen.  I do appreciate all information! 

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 16, 2017 at 2:46pm

NMRob this is some info I found not sure if this pertains to any of the questions you asked.


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