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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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January 2015 Blog Posts (34)

Just starting this new adventure

I think my son will be enlisting very soon. He at least wants us to meet with the recruiter before he takes that next step. I find myself excited for him - he really wants to do this. Right now, at least, I'm not even too nervous about him leaving (but I'm sure that will change!). I don't know how long we will have between his enlisting and shipping out, or how often we will be able to be in contact - either by phone or in person. But I have a few more days to make my list of questions and…


Added by TJR's Proud Mom on January 31, 2015 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

A Rich Heritage

Last night our family gathered at a local restaurant to honor my dad on his 77th birthday. Afterwards I went to my sister's home to plan my daughter's Anchors Aweigh party because my sister is awesome at party planning.  The rest of the family, not wanting the evening to end, followed us back to her house and we spent sweet fellowship together as an extended family.  As I reflect on these things this morning I am struck by the rich heritage my dad passed down to his family.  A Navy man for…


Added by DepthCharge4 on January 31, 2015 at 12:12pm — 1 Comment

My daughter a recruit about to leave for Navy boot camp training

I got up this morning and looked at all the beautiful pictures of Navy families proud of their Sailors. And I it inspired me so much that I needed to blog this. My daughter is just days away February 4, 2015 and everyday for me personally is bittersweet, I'm so proud of her bravery and ambition to want this. This was her goal for the longest yet I hate to see my baby go, but her Chief Petty Officer recruit visit our home, with such a sunny spirit and gave us the best reassurance of my…


Added by Navyvetwife48 on January 30, 2015 at 7:37am — 7 Comments

First Birthday Away

Jan. 29, 2015

I wake today in the early morn

My thoughts consumed with my first born.

He’s hard at work at Navy Recruit Training Command

I miss him so, he will never understand.

His voice, his charm and his big heart,

Are with me as each day starts.

His big blue eyes and awesome smile,

I carry with me all the while.

No call, no mail, no contact yet.

But today is a day we will never forget.

It pains me that you are…


Added by luvMyBoyz<3 on January 29, 2015 at 2:09pm — 4 Comments

Looking for a Group for Aviation Mechanic Mate

 Hi every one!!!

I am looking for a FaceBook group regarding Aviation Mechanic Mate (AM) My Sailor is learning to become one. I too want to learn all there is to learn about it. I feel it will help me better understand her when she is deployed and she is talking in Navy terminology.…


Added by NavyBratMom on January 29, 2015 at 4:11am — 2 Comments

Step by Step on the Process of Graduation

Hello, My SR graduates in a week, we are driving from TX, Lord willing we make it safely, if something we're to happen, an we miss the graduation, will we be able to she her afterwards an how does that process towork, please help

Added by MsBlue2U on January 29, 2015 at 1:12am — 1 Comment

PIR date March 6

Really missing my son, missed his call on Sat. thought he would call on Sunday like the last time it won't happen again. He sounded so sad and disappointed. My husband and I went to see American Sniper.

Added by 12raynes on January 27, 2015 at 7:29pm — 2 Comments

Journey of 1,000 Days

I can't believe I'm almost an empty-nester!  Seems I've been waiting for this a loooong time. And yet.... I know I will miss them all!  Let me tell you a bit about my journey.  When I married their dad 26 years ago, I wanted nothing more than to be a stay-at-home Mom and wife.  Through God's grace, I had the privilege of doing just that.  I was able to manage a busy household of five on one income, paid once a month at the end of the month for 21 years.  God led us to home educate…


Added by DepthCharge4 on January 26, 2015 at 9:48pm — No Comments

son leaving for BC from St Louis to Great Lakes on tuesday 1/27

I am very new to this. I am awaiting a call from my son as to when and where i go to see him off tomorrow. Does anyone know? As of this afternoon he is at the hotel in st louis and hasnt been told....

Added by JoJo'sMa on January 26, 2015 at 9:34pm — 3 Comments

Extra Tickets

Is there any way to get extras tickets for my sons Boot Camp Graduation?  I have been told we only get 4, and I could use 2 more. 

Added by Jan202015 on January 26, 2015 at 7:29pm — 3 Comments


1/26/15 As I miss my boy each day (its only been 6 days today)  I took refuge on N4M only to feel so overwhelmed by it all.  Its a great thing to have this site but there's so much info and so many groups the only consolation I have is seeing all the other mom's who are missing their sons/daughters too:)

I am not sure what to do next. I don't know his PIR (oh and all the acronyms I'm on information overload) I've already sent 5 letters as I did get his correct address from our…


Added by luvMyBoyz<3 on January 26, 2015 at 3:01pm — 5 Comments

Future Sailor

My son left 1/20 for Great Lakes Boot Camp. I received his box of personal items on Friday 1/23 but haven't received a call yet.
Does anyone have any idea when we might get that or even a letter?

Added by Susan on January 25, 2015 at 7:19pm — 6 Comments

PIR 2 weeks...excited!! :-)

PIR 2 weeks...excited!! :-) Continue

Added by momma02 on January 25, 2015 at 8:45am — No Comments

First letter

I got my first letter today! I'm missing my son so much. but I'm so very proud. Praying every day and night. keeping him and all the other recruits in lifted in prayer. Talked to him last Monday, missed my first phone call on Sunday, but I'm glad we talked, he's doing good. My son is in Great Lakes, IL. USS Marvin Shields,Ship 13,096. I can't wait to see him in February! 

Added by Sherry on January 24, 2015 at 11:52pm — 6 Comments

Seaman PACT program

My son in leaving for basic on Feb.18th. He is currently signed up for the PACT program. My husband and I are concerned that this may have been a poor choice. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Added by DebP on January 23, 2015 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

friend requests

How do I accept friend requests? I'm still trying to figure out how to work this page. Thanks family

Added by Blackbarbie on January 22, 2015 at 8:41pm — 1 Comment

We got Thomas' BOX yesterday and got our first letter today.  It was a form letter, but who cares! He's on Ship 11 Div 106....graduation date is 03/06/15! Can't wait!

We got Thomas' BOX yesterday and got our first letter today.  It was a form letter, but who cares! He's on Ship 11 Div 106....graduation date is 03/06/15! Can't wait!


Added by Cindy on January 20, 2015 at 9:19pm — 3 Comments

Winging gift ideas

Our son will receive his wings soon and I know nothing about the ceremony, nor do I have any ideas on a gift?  Any ideas would be appreciated.

Added by girlfrombuffalo on January 20, 2015 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

2nd phone call

My SR got to call home Sat. and I was so excited to hear from him.  He told me that he was doing good but he has never been as cold as he is now.  He could not believe that they have to get up so early.  I laugh because I thought back to when I was in BC and we had to get up real early and could not talk to anyone until we got through with training at the end of the day.  He also told me that they made him through away all of his candy.  I told him he would be okay.   It will be over before…


Added by LonelyMomNow on January 19, 2015 at 12:21pm — 3 Comments

T - 7 days.....

I suppose that I had no way to know how this would feel but wow..... I have no words! My son leaves on 1/26 and so now begins a week of goodbyes and last minute prep. I'm not sure if it's more draining to keep a smile on my face, keep him from being impacted by everyone's tears and emotions or simply worry about the days that lay ahead. I have decided this morning to just pray.......

Added by Birdie507 on January 19, 2015 at 10:21am — 4 Comments

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