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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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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.


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»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««

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Discussion Forum

Completed MEPs now on to BC

Started by spomed. Last reply by lemonelephant Mar 29. 18 Replies

New BC kids week of Jan 8 -12

Started by Missomd. Last reply by blackbirdmom Jan 22. 4 Replies

Letters to kids in BC

Started by Missomd. Last reply by blackbirdmom Jan 18. 4 Replies

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Comment by Phoenixmom on June 5, 2018 at 10:45am

Good Morning All. Thank You Ladies for the encouragement, it truly is nice to know those that have went in exactly know what I am talking about. So Happy to know you have Sailors! You know I have to say My Son's Recruiter was awesome he tested my Son every week, took my Son to a University and had him do laps and made him test on the prone float and all. So I was very very Thankful. But Yes for those who's Loved One's are coming in please take a look at the standard print it out and both read on it. It is a very sad thing that these Sons/daughters truly know where there heart is but cant seem to pass. so if us Mother's can make a difference let's do it for the sake of our Sons/Daughters. Thank You Ladies I truly appreciate you.

Comment by DonnaCatLover on June 4, 2018 at 11:23pm

I know everyone can’t do this but we hired a trainer at the Y for a month so that our son could get help getting in shape. He found it so beneficial that he paid for 3 more weeks with his own money. After boot camp he said he was SO glad he had worked with a trainer (even though we had to coerce him to do it). It made boot camp easier to handle.

Comment by Laurel on June 4, 2018 at 7:52pm

Phenixmom is correct! It is SO important to read about the new PFA standards, and stand over your young person as he/she reads it, and then test them on it! lol I felt like I should, with mine! I heard when my son graduated boot camp 6 weeks ago, that the processing-out-ship was filled to overflowing. Join the Y if you can (I read here some YMCAs give discounts for DEP, and who knows there might possibly be $ available through your recruiter to help with a Y membership if needed--it won't hurt to ask) and/or pair up with a DEP work-out buddy is an idea. One tip: help your future sailor to know to get an accurate measure of the track he/she practices on. Print it out, make it into a poster, put it up on the refrigerator! No sugary drinks, my son, and do those sit-ups!!

Comment by Phoenixmom on June 4, 2018 at 4:07pm

It truly breaks my Heart to see the Moms that are going thru this, so worried and devastated as to this Happening, but I can't even imagine how the SR.'s are feeling when it is them that it's happening to. So please please have them to read so that way they know what is being tested and what they need to do to accomplish their Goals.

Comment by Phoenixmom on June 4, 2018 at 4:05pm

Folks I am going to be posting some sites for those that are new as your Loved one. the Standards have changed as far as PFA. I will put the site down so you can read up on what is tested and what will happen if failed, this is something that needs to be read and understood from both the Parent and your Loved One before they enter into BC. So Many are not passing and this requirement needs to be passed in order to go on with BC. It is very Heartbreaking for the parent/s when this is happening but also a devestated feeling for our Loved Ones. I believe this should be started in a Recruiters Office but I cannot say that it is or isnt being done. So Please if you have a Loved One coming into BC soon get them to start running and meeting the standard not only that they have to swim and be able to pass the three tests, and the prone float is one test so have them start practicing. Push ups, curl ups, sit ups they have to do so many in a matter of 2 min.

See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp

See Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training ... for more information.

Comment by Phoenixmom on June 1, 2018 at 2:52pm

kstin here is a link to look at.


Comment by Ceej0347 on June 1, 2018 at 2:40pm

No- that will be sent home. Any type of medicine/vitamins (even over the counter) will be distributed by the Navy.

good luck!

Comment by kstin on June 1, 2018 at 2:36pm

 Are they allowed to bring vitamins to boot camp?

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 19, 2018 at 10:48am

here is another site to get ready for the Leave to BC.

Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for...

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 19, 2018 at 10:47am

Navy recruits will have to pass a run test prior to boot camp start...January 2018.

according to this site the Navy is raising the bar, the navy at one point never had a standard like the Army, and Marines, Air force now trhey are implementing this. So for those that have Loved ones entering in please have them to look this over and start running and doing sit ups, push ups ,swimming also. if you can pass this beforehand then their should be no problems.


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