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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.  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.



October 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Wal Mart's Wall of Honor for Veterans Day

Just a reminder for veterans and/or family members of veterans. You can take your military portrait into Wal Mart, photo dept., and they will scan 2 copies of the picture. One will be for their Wall of Honor on display in the stores for Veterans Day and the 2nd copy you can take home, and it's FREE!!! I do hope that you take advantage of this.

I took in both my son and my husbands Navy portrait.You can even add thier name onto the picture. I'll be sure to go into the store on… Continue

Added by Christine-OS2 proud mom on October 31, 2009 at 12:21am — 1 Comment

Controlling the size of your photos.

I added a discussion under FORUMS. Click on FORUMS, click on How to do stuff on N4M, click on Controlling The Size Of Your Photos & Adding A Hyperlink. Just follow the steps to resize the photos BEFORE you hit "add comment"

Click HERE to go directly to the discussion

I added this as a forum discussion, so the information will be… Continue

Added by BunkerQB on October 30, 2009 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Profile Page Changes & Exportable Event Guest Lists Coming Soon!

Hey everyone!

When you log onto the site Friday afternoon you’ll see a few changes and new options available to you. These are part of a new release by Ning, the company who provides our Web space.

The first change you’ll notice is that the default layout on your profile is returning back to its original format – with the Comment Wall at the very bottom. This was due to the amount of feedback that members from all of Ning’s networks had. If you have already customized your… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on October 29, 2009 at 5:20pm — 2 Comments

Bay Area M&G

Yesterday, I took a nice trip to the Bay area for my 2nd Northern California N4Ms M&G. I had a great time. Good food and good conversations. Navy Moms are Awesome!

Added by Vickyrun on October 26, 2009 at 3:08pm — 3 Comments

Gift Store May Be Removed

Hello everyone!

Earlier this week Ning released the Gift Store application on all of its networks, including ours. There is a chance that this application will be removed within the next week. Navy’s JAG Corps is looking into whether or not we can have this functionality on the site due to the costs associated to our members. If the decision is made to remove this application, all current gifts will be removed from the site including those that have already been purchased. Keep this… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on October 23, 2009 at 5:08pm — 2 Comments

Educational Tours

I have been organizing educational tours since 1988. I thought when I retired, that would be the end of my tours. Then I was offered the opportunity to take university students to Ireland in 2007. Thought that would be the end....until another teacher asked me to organize a tour of Greece because she wanted an experienced person so do it.

So on June 3, 2010, we're leaving for a tour of Greece including a three day cruise of the Greek Isles. I… Continue

Added by Ruth, Gun's Mom on October 22, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Public Visitation for Future USS New York

Happy Monday everyone!

Just wanted to pass along some information I received today regarding the upcoming commissioning week events in New York City. :) The following information comes from a CHINFO press release. Unfortunately we will not have any private tours scheduled for you guys but it's still a great opportunity. Hope some of you will be able to attend!



Added by Navy for Moms Admin on October 19, 2009 at 12:10pm — 2 Comments

2009 Navy Ball

I'll be uploading more pictures as a friend sends me more that he took, but I have started an album.

We helped celebrate the 234th birthday of the Navy with our son and many other fine sailors. The evening began with a social hour and commemoration pub glasses if you chose to purchase them. A photographer with a son in the Navy was there to take portrait pictures. I can't wait to see them!

When everyone was seated at the ships (each table was named), the colors were… Continue

Added by Ruth, Gun's Mom on October 18, 2009 at 2:31pm — 2 Comments

New Group Formed~~ Eagle Scout Moms

While in the N4M chat room today, I noticed a couple of mom's talking about Boy Scouts of America, and found out that the three of us each have an Eagle Scout. I thought it'd be fun to start a Eagle Scout Moms group so I did. If any of you moms, dads, aunties, uncles, grandma's or grandpa's would like to join the group to talk about your son, please join us.

Not only are we proud of our sons call to service, but we are very proud that they have acheived the rank of Eagle Scout in the… Continue

Added by Christine-OS2 proud mom on October 17, 2009 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Spouse college...

I was wondering if anyone knew when a spouse could use the $6000 the military gives for college?
I want to use it as soon as possible but my husband has not even left for basic yet. LoL.

Added by navywife4life2009 on October 15, 2009 at 11:35pm — No Comments

Lauren's leave was wonderful!!

Lauren came in on the Amtrak through Ann Arbor. I placed a penny non the track for her before she arrived and when the train departed I found the squished penny and gave it to her to remind her of her first trip home,,,dumb, I know but I'm a mom and self entertained! We went out to eat a couple of nights we also had a birthday party for her 21st which was on Oct. 6, 09.

It was so nice to give her the royal treatment here at home with clothes and shampoos and lotions and perfumes she… Continue

Added by Janice on October 15, 2009 at 5:36pm — 2 Comments


Hey everyone! Has anybody seen the new Navy commercials? it's great
Matthew Mcconughey does a commercial to support our troops-it's really cool too.

Added by Irene McClure on October 15, 2009 at 2:05pm — 4 Comments


Has anybody seen the new Navy commercial? it's great. Now we have Matthew Mcconaughney(spelling?) doing a commercial about supporting the troops. It's a good one too.I hope everyone is having a great week.Give your sailor a hug today if it be live or e-mail.

Added by Irene McClure on October 15, 2009 at 7:09am — No Comments

Wanting to join the Navy:)

I was wondering if anyone knew anything about 2 spouses being in the navy? I wanted to know if we will b both getting BAH or will they just pay us one BAH a month? I am VERY interested in joining the Navy in about a year. Any advice will help!!

Added by navywife4life2009 on October 12, 2009 at 10:43pm — 1 Comment

Become a Fan of MPCON (SS/SW) Rick D. West & CNO Admiral Gary Roughead

For those of you that are on Facebook, I wanted to bring your attention to some Navy personnel who have pages you can become a fan of: MPCON (SS/SW) Rick D. West and CNO Admiral Gary Roughhead. This is a great way to keep on top of Navy-related news and updates!

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MPCON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West

Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on October 12, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments


Well Moms- I did it! I got the picture albums downloaded of Heather's visit. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did having her home.

Added by Irene McClure on October 12, 2009 at 12:32pm — No Comments

sending newborn pics to basic?!

My husband is leaving soon to basic and I will b having our second son about 3 wks after he leaves. I was wondering if anyone knew if I sent him pics of his son, if they would allow him to c them?! THANKS:)

Added by navywife4life2009 on October 10, 2009 at 3:07am — 3 Comments

Oklahoma Navy Birthday Ball: 8 Tickets Available For N4M Members!

Hello everyone!

The Oklahoma Navy Birthday Ball is coming up this Saturday, October 10th and we have 8 free tickets available (4 couples)!

This event will be held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. It begins at 6:00pm with a reception, followed by dinner, program, and dancing starting at 7:00pm. There is a dress code that is required: gowns/cocktail dresses for the ladies and tux/suit for men.

To qualify for a ticket, you must be from… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on October 7, 2009 at 5:27pm — 1 Comment


Yay I get to see Lauren for 3 whole days!

Added by Janice on October 7, 2009 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

PIR for divided families can be done with class maybe it doesn't seem like it is possible to do that, but in our case it was. The growing for me came in realizing it could be done. The joy now, is knowing God orchestrated it all better than I could have.

We spent the first 1/2 of time with our sailor and they got the rest. My sailor had fun with all I believe. There was a whole weekend to divide up! I never could have imagined this would happen. Boot camp shaped me as much as my son!

Added by Marty Mc on October 6, 2009 at 1:25pm — No Comments

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