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.


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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!

Members: 571
Latest Activity: Feb 15

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!

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 your recruit arrives at BC, you will receive "The Box." The box will contain your recruits clothes, shoes, cell phone etc. If you do not receive the box, and your recruit did not take a cell phone it is very possible s/he donated clothing items.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the password for parking at PIR. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), 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! =)

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

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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Comment by Arwen on November 29, 2009 at 7:57pm
53 days and counting... Whew! It's too far away still. This is sooo exciting. Chris is almost there!

What kind of preparations are all of you making? Right now we're making the hard decisions on holiday gifts, stuff he can use while in the Navy only. Soon we'll start going through all of his stuff. We're going to pre-box the stuff he wants to store away for later, stuff he will want at his A school, stuff he will want at his duty station, and a whole lot for donations or yard sales.

He and his siblings are bickering over who gets what game systems and games. This should be a fun battle, especially because his younger brother leaves for college this summer, so he can't take much either. Which leaves little sister (age 12) to inherit most of the stuff.
Comment by Arwen on November 24, 2009 at 11:32pm
Hi, I'm Arwen. My son Chris ships out on January 21 from Portland, Oregon MEPS. It was March 21, but he put a request in for his date to be moved up, and he got word today of his new ship date.

We live in a tiny coastal town far, far from anywhere and anything, but we're newcomers. In the last 10 years we lived in the Denver and San Francisco suburbs. Chris will be glad to get back to civilization.

Chris signed on as an IT and gets to keep the job despite the date changes. Right now he's working on his fitness and his PQS stuff, but he has no job (16% unemployment in our area - chances of getting a temp job are slim and none) and he flunked out of college for lack of focus. So he's bored silly waiting for his ship date.

I'm a Navy vet myself (HT/DC), as is my husband (nuke MM submarines). I have a combination of experience/knowledge, much of which is outdated, but I'm also a research queen so I have a lot of new info too.

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