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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.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and to learn more.

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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Mary, Proud Mom of Nick
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  • Atlanta
  • United States

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's Friends

  • Ericuts
  • Denny (Ship 09 Div 170)
  • jamieRN   Div. 073     PIR 1/24
  • GennyMac
  • mollycat
  • lkbmom245
  • justpeachy
  • cody furt mom Dar ship9div266
  • Leisa Ship13 Div309  Grad 9-28
  • Teacake928
  • d'annmc
  • Ship09/Division023
  • wmiranda
  • chinadoll19
  • Kriss

Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's Groups


Proud of our Sailor and yours too!

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Pooter527 commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"ETS having a lot of job opportunities in the civilian job market."
Apr 16
Bandmom commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Hello Dawn1231,  My sailor is an E.T.  It was not anything that he had hoped for, but he is loving it.  As for working conditions, he is in the ship.  Not outside at all.  He has had additional training and is optimistic for…"
Feb 26
Cleaver6 commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"AECF is Advanced Electronics and Computer Field. It is excellent training that goes with a 6 year enlistment. He will either become an ET (electronics technician) or FC (fire control, as in ship weapons). Either way, it's an electronics…"
Feb 26
Dawn1231 commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"My son swore in yesterday and his contract shows AECF.  I don't know much about the job, as this was not even on his wish list and I'm very confused how it ended up as one they told him to choose from.  Can someone tell the…"
Feb 26
TRenee commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Thanks everyone for the info!"
Feb 5
Bandmom commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Hello TRenee,  My sailors A School Graduation was no big deal.  They didn't even have a ceremony.  My son id an E.T.  I don't know, maybe some rates make a bigger deal than others.  We did however attend when he…"
Feb 5
TRenee commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Does anyone know how soon the A school graduation date is announced or determined?  My son finally finished ATT school last week, and started ET A school Friday.  He said it's 19 weeks and that 3 people are allowed at…"
Feb 4
Jogging Mom commented on Mary, Proud Mom of Nick's group 'AECF - FCs and ETs'
"Great thanks"
Jan 18

Profile Information

A little about me:
Former Navy wife and Mother of two, Nick is a west coast sailor.

Our sailor son ...
PIR-ed from division 161, ship 7 on April 25, 08
Graduated from A school in GL in December 05, 08 as FC
Starts his C school - Aegis Spy Radar in Jan. 09
Made E4 in June 2009
Graduates from C school as Honor Grad - July 31, 2009
Reported to the fleet August 23, 2009
FC2 Selectee - September 2010 cycle 208
Earned ESWS - September 2012
ReEnlisted - four more years October 26, 2012

His dad was also an FC... for 10 years!
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Our son is a sailor...our son is an Adult!
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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Four New Rates!

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 10:57pm 4 Comments

Navy Establishes Four New Ratings

Story Number: NNS170201-05Release Date: 2/1/2017 11:20:00 AM A A A Email this story to a friend Print this story

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Wednesday the establishment of four new ratings for active duty Sailors, yeoman submarine (YNS), logistics specialist submarine (LSS), culinary specialist submarine (CSS) and fire controlman Aegis (FCA) in NAVADMIN 021/17.

This realignment… Continue

Free signs for our military...

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 11:26am 1 Comment

Congrats!!! 15,588 to advance to E-4, E-5, E-6

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 7:00pm 5 Comments

By Mark D. Faram - Staff writer

Posted : Friday Nov 19, 2010 15:12:48 EST

Next week, 15,588 very happy active-duty sailors will celebrate Thanksgiving Day, as well as give thanks for…

Is your sailor taking their advancement test?

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:00am 2 Comments

Good luck to all those exam candidates…


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At 11:08am on December 2, 2016, diane {Shawns mom} said…

Back at Ya..

At 7:16am on November 4, 2016, CCR said…

Back atcha!

At 12:39am on November 4, 2016, lemonelephant said…

It's not a good idea to post a pic of your Sailor every time you post. See change 4 in OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). To increase PERSEC, don't include ANYONE in your profile pic.

Also make change 3 (see the words in bold) so that this page is no longer visible to EVERYONE (Anyone) with access to the web.I suggest "Just My Friends" since you have chosen to include pics of your Sailor on your My Page.

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP Code to one that is not easily associated with you or your Sailor.

At 12:37am on November 4, 2016, lemonelephant said…
At 2:50pm on October 16, 2014, Melissa (Tucson) said…
I'm leaving a comment from January 12, 2010....where has he time gone??
At 7:48pm on April 1, 2014, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Mary, The new adoption for Molly's Adopt A Sailor was announced today. We hope you will help us send some love from home to these sailors on the USS Truxtun (destroyer).

At 9:51am on February 1, 2014, carrie said…

Hi Mary, I sent a email about a week or two ago, I had some stress since my sailor been on deployment.  I really need to network with the other N4M & other groups.  Also, need help with my profile & setting pages. Because I hadn't been out here since I joined in July 2010. A new administration did email me back I somehow accidently lost her reply and don't know if my private setting is correct.  I think it happen adding you has a friend, I don't know what I did wrong.  Need an Administration help.  Thanks Carrie

At 8:09pm on June 25, 2013, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Mary, You are now a member of "MAS We Ship Love" so you have access to all the addresses. Sorry I was a little slow because I am in a small town in Michigan and have to go to McDonald's to use their WIFI for a few days while I am here!! Pat

At 9:36am on September 13, 2012, Teacake928 said…

Hi! My son joined in  2009. He is on the DDE. He is following in my family's footsteps. My dad was in WW2 , 1brother retired recently  as LT commander, 1 brother army, uncles, cousins, and my sister's oldest son is a retired sub man. He is single right now. He is a nuke.  We are so proud of him!!


At 9:50am on August 19, 2012, CCR said…

Mary add Leisa Ship 13 Div309     to your friends list.


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