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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Navy Reserve Moms

For anyone who has a Sailor in the Reserves. Lets talk...

Location: United States
Members: 355
Latest Activity: Dec 27, 2018

Discussion Forum

A school to reserve transition

Started by lm243. Last reply by Huggybear Mar 20, 2016. 5 Replies

Reservists attending two week drill

Started by Menzvibe. Last reply by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Dec 19, 2015. 5 Replies

Reservists orders

Started by Shannonlf Nov 4, 2015. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by slapout52 on November 18, 2018 at 8:19pm

Good evening all--I have been absent from Navy4Moms since 2014.  My Sailor exited AD, used his GI Bill to complete a Master's degree, and conducted a long and frustrating job search.  Last summer he received a letter with the invitation to rejoin the fleet, which he did without hesitation.  He is now in the Navy Reserve, with his former rate, DC2.  I am so happy for him, and happy to b back here as well.

Comment by GiaMarie on January 29, 2018 at 9:24pm

Does anyone know of a group pertaining to (Mom's of) deployed reservists?  It will be our first and I need some advice and reassurance.

Comment by Jakeypoo on November 4, 2017 at 3:16pm

My son is set to graduate A school Nov 22 and says he is to fly out for home Nov 23rd. Do they usually fly people out on a holiday? Just wondering trying to get plans in place for the holiday. He did say that he won't know the exact time until the day before. ;(

Comment by Amanda on October 9, 2017 at 10:15pm

Thank you for all of the input! :) Any tips on how to stay in touch while they are active is greatly appreciated. He will be gone for 7 months, plus 3 months training. The training is state-side, so that should be easier to manage. The 7 months in middle east seems a bit trickier.:)

Comment by CherylG on October 5, 2017 at 3:56pm
Great thanks for the info I'll have him look into it
Comment by autibug on October 5, 2017 at 11:39am

To become full time active duty he would have to reenlist but if he wants to take a open orders somewhere (aka a deployment) he can do that and it will put him on active duty status for the time he is gone. My husband has been a reservist for 5+ years and was deployed a couple of years ago and while he was deployed he was active duty. Another option he could look into is FTS (full time support). They are still a reservist but work full time for the reserve. Not all rates are available for FTS but it is something he could look into to see if he could do it or wants to do it. 

Comment by jensue0 on October 5, 2017 at 11:32am

My son did indeed volunteer for this one-year active deployment. He is IT – apparently that is a position they always have "spots" open for reservists to fill. He had been wanting to do this for about a year, had to put his name on a list (or whatever official Navy thing he had to do) and wait for his name to come to the top of the list for the next request for IT. He told me he was not required to accept the offer when his name finally came up, but if he refused then they would likely bury his name way down on the list and he might not get another offer.

Does that make sense? Help at all?

Comment by ShawnMom on October 5, 2017 at 8:41am
CherylG, my understanding is that yes, it requires a new contract to be active rather than a reservist, however a reservist can volunteer for various full-time deployments. My sailor is considering that. I think the confusion lies in that both those who have an active duty contract, and those working full time when still on a reserve contract are referred to as "active."
Hopefully, someone will clarify if I have something wrong here.
Comment by CherylG on October 5, 2017 at 3:27am
So how are Reservists able to go active??? My son is graduating A school soon and was told he can only go active when he resigns a new contract in 2years... ET rating
Comment by NavyMomofOnly1Girl Ship 9 DIV126 on October 4, 2017 at 8:43pm
My daughter has been a Navy Reservists for over six years. She recently re enlisted. She has done an active duty assignment & was set to go to Bahrain when a bad personal injury prevented her from deploying. She went back to Reservists status after being Active Duty.

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