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.

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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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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: 2233
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

Discussion Forum

Leave after A school

Started by Carey. Last reply by Dena4 Oct 6. 16 Replies

Care packages

Started by stepho. Last reply by Phoenixmom Sep 11. 3 Replies

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Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 22, 2009 at 11:13pm
Evening, Bonnie...Welcome to our fantastic group; you are member #90. My grandson PIR on 01-09-09 and was a grad and go, also. He has completed his SCC around 02-11-09 and has been on hold for GM "A" school ever since. Actually, he is awaiting his ATT school first, then on to A school. What is your son going to be? I can't answer your question about A school graduation, but someone on here will. Glad to have you with us. Vee
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 22, 2009 at 3:22pm
Will, I sure understand that one (about asking the wife)....have a great day!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 22, 2009 at 3:02pm
Will...I can lead you to an awesome bike for sale...Honda 1800 VTX with all the trimmings...My friend has 3 now and has to sell one of them. Loved the sailor
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 22, 2009 at 2:12pm's still too cold for me, too! Even with leathers~~ My friend rode with some of the club members Friday when it was almost 80 here, but I had an appointment and couldn't make this ride. Now, we'll wait until the next warm day. Hope you have a good ride today if you go...
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 22, 2009 at 12:52pm just started snowing here....but I don't think it will stick. Gotta run and take my doggie outside for his morning tour of the back yard.
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 22, 2009 at 12:40pm
Good morning everyone! You guys are making me hungry talking about veggies and gardens! Yes, RONI, "March Madness" means outdoors and spring cleaning inside for me, too. I did more leaves yesterday until the winds came up, so I hurried and put the tools up and got inside. Woke up to rain this morning with a few snow flakes, but the snow isn't it's inside work today. I could use a Tiger Balm patch today, but have to drive 20 miles to get one, so I'll tough it out.
Will, I take it the knee is all better now?
Everyone have a great day wherever you are!!!!
Comment by kim ann on March 22, 2009 at 12:05am
My boys have gone there also. All the mail comes to my house, but as it has their name on it, I do not open it unless they have asked me. I feel it is their own now, and I now relinguish all the rites of passage to them. They are responsible young men, and I will treat them as such. When I went to my sons PIR, I had taken their mail up to them, and one bank statement had said the same thing, plus they had mailed cards to our "home" address. It does not harm their accounts, nor closes them till they get to straighten it out. In BC they do not get to use their money anyhow, so it really did not matter. Even to this day, their account statements come here, which I either keep them till I get their next address to mail them all to them, or till they come home. Whichever they request from me.
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 21, 2009 at 9:39pm
Hoppi....thanks for the kind words! All I can say is that we have sent them into the best hands ever!!!! Have a great night~~
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 21, 2009 at 8:38pm
Welcome, Nancy! You have come to the right place to get your questions answered and to meet a fun group! One of our "Top Guns" (Will, Hoppi or Chris D.) will be sure to answer your question about sending money. Have a great weekend!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 21, 2009 at 1:41pm
Welcome, Maura! You have come to the right place to get your answers. You will hear from Will, Hoppi or Chris D shortly. In the meantime, congratulations to you and Nick on his upcoming PIR. What is Nick going to be? My grandson is going to be a GM (Gunners Mate)...Have a great day! Vee

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