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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.  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."

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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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DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January


DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for Boot Camp in January. I will leave the year open so that any future DEPpers leaving in the month of January of any year can join.Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions!

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Latest Activity: Apr 1

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPPERS leaving in the month of January (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

We are an extension of the group DEPpers/Future, but not gone yet- see the link above.

If you haven't been there, go there now....There is a ton of information that you will need and are probably dying what to send with them to Boot Camp and BC videos! :)

So if you have general information and comments that will be helpful and/or encouraging for ALL new DEP/Future Sailor Moms, then leave it in that main DEPper/Future Sailors Group, but if you have January ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in January, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...

About a week after they arrive at BC, you will receive a form letter, with their Ship# and DIV # (address) on it. Check it against the ones here: Then, watch for your PIR (Pass in Review-i,e, Graduation) date to be posted here:

That IS the official date for your Recruit's Training Group to PIR, HOWEVER things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets. Wait until their PIR date is posted to do so, and don't worry, you will still have plenty of time to get your traveling ducks in a row! =) Check here for reviews and info re: hotels, PIR, travel etc:

Next stop, Boot Camp Moms Group:
That is where and when permanent Groups for your PIR date and Divisions will, or should, be formed.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

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You need to be a member of DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January to add comments!

Comment by lemonelephant on April 1, 2017 at 2:09am

I have left info on some of your My Pages about your future Sailor's rating (job/occupational specialty) or field and "A" School. If anyone else needs this info, leave a comment on my My Page with the rating or field and I will comment back on your My Page. I have info on every rating and field. I also have that info for the PACT programs.

Comment by lemonelephant on April 1, 2017 at 2:09am

It's not too early to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for..., and to start discussing some of the things there with your future Sailor such as how to handle bad news and who will be put on the Access List....

If you have not yet joined Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), now is a good time to do so and to begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) starting with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (some of you have changes that you need to make--at least change 3; make change 4 if your profile pic includes your future Sailor) and then go on to Arrival and What Happens at the RTC.

Comment by lemonelephant on February 14, 2017 at 8:34pm

Proudmom, there is more on photos and more in Division T-Shirts, Graduation Photos, The Keel, and DVD of PIR. You can try ordering a NEX gift card at, but some have said they are not able to.

Comment by Proudmom on February 14, 2017 at 5:35pm

One link said that photos, Division Cruise books and PIR DVDs are purchased by the recruit prior to PIR.  I will check with my son in my next letter to see if he did this.  Can we purchase NEX cards online for them to use?

Comment by lemonelephant on February 10, 2017 at 11:20pm

Widge, you should be receiving The Form Letter soon. Even those who had to wait a day or two for others to help fill the division, which happens for those in the 900 division and for those in an integrated division at times, would have completed P-days by now.

Comment by Widge on February 10, 2017 at 11:02pm

Lemon - I called the Recruiter and he said he was probably still in P-Days and didn't give me any further info. 

Comment by lemonelephant on February 10, 2017 at 10:32pm

Yes, you can send cards--just not musical or recordable cards or any with glitter. See Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

Comment by lemonelephant on February 10, 2017 at 10:32pm

Widge, your recruit should be out of P-days.

Comment by Widge on February 10, 2017 at 11:08am

Hey y'all I just called his recruiter and he says they're probably still in processing, and haven't been assigned to units yet, so that may be why the form letters are delayed.

Comment by bean on February 10, 2017 at 10:52am
I sent one and he already got it

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