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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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 2015 Blog Posts (30)


Hello, I am new here and am not sure how to navigate this website :-)  My son is in Basic Training for almost three weeks now.  Today he called and told us we can visit him for thanksgiving!  Hooray! I did not even know they were allowed to go out.  I just wanted to hear what other moms' experience has been with seeing their child for thanksgiving and what are good places to lodge and eat :-D   Thank you all so much!

Added by Cristina on October 31, 2015 at 12:55pm — 20 Comments

"A" School

Hi my name is Dalila65,
My son is in A school in San Antonio, Texas. He is struggling some with test and he says lack of time to study and do all that needs to be done, but mainly I think he is home-sick. He has me really worried and am not sure what I can do. Has anyone had a similar experience? I need some insight, please!

Added by Dalila65 on October 29, 2015 at 9:25pm — 2 Comments


I finally get to see my son on Friday and am so excited to see him graduate from boot camp! Still a bit confused as to how much time we will have with him following the ceremony, but we will take what we can get. So incredibly proud of my Sailor!

Added by Jen on October 28, 2015 at 9:35am — 3 Comments

Leave vs. Liberty

Bumping up for new members/update to an instruction.  This is written with the Christmas holidays in mind, but much of the information applies all year.

With the holidays fast approaching, I see more and more moms who are stressed about whether they can see their sailor or not. Entirely understandable! But I know that the recruits in boot camp are quite confused also, many of them are new to all of this Navy stuff too, and haven't got the hang of the lingo, the paperwork and the…


Added by Anti M on October 28, 2015 at 9:30am — 52 Comments

New Navy Mom

Hi my son leaves for boot camp November 12th anyone else have a son leaving then? He's my youngest. Looking to connect/support with other Mom's going thru this transition!

Added by Kat on October 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Div001 Ship03

Jersey Mom Here
Wondering if anyone will be attending graduation on November 13th?. I will be there with my son supporting my daughter's choice. So proud of her. Is anyone out there in the same division? It would be great to connect.

Added by Alexandrasmom on October 27, 2015 at 12:02pm — 3 Comments

Son leaving for boot camp November 4th

Anyone else have a child starting boot camp on the same date?

Added by Judy on October 26, 2015 at 7:31am — 7 Comments

Hello Navy Family

Haven't been on for quite a while.... Busy busy busy time since my sailor graduated... Moved to nother state shortly after PIR weekend... Was quiet a pain to find a house were they allow pets (we got a golden retriever and Boston terrier mix), I would never move and leave any of my babies behind ... Luckily I were able to transfer within the company I work for, it's not really close but least I had a job once I got to our new place and could take vacation time from the day I left my old… Continue

Added by NavYMoM KittyKaT on October 25, 2015 at 10:59pm — No Comments

PIR Nov 13th Ship 12 Div 006

Hi , I am from Tampa, FL and my son's graduation date is above. Are there any other parents that have a recruit in the same Ship and Division? I am planning to attend PIR and wanted to share information. Thanks.

Added by MJanieB on October 24, 2015 at 4:42pm — 3 Comments

When do you get a phone call?

My son left October 13, 2015. We received his clothes 3 days later and a couple days after that we received a letter of his address and graduation date. But no phone calls or letters from him yet.  Its driving me crazy. Please help, thank you.

Added by Brenda on October 24, 2015 at 8:24am — 12 Comments

Leaving for PIR soon!

My recruit is done.  We got a call from her yesterday, had a nice long conversation and i didn't cry this time.  We are so excited to see her and make our trip to GL! She sounds so positive, exhausted and ready to go the next step.  Go Navy!!!

Added by JenG on October 21, 2015 at 6:44am — 1 Comment

Mom, wife and wanting to join the navy.

Thinking of joining the navy but keep going back and forth with my decision because I am a mom and wife. I don't know how I can handle being away form my family especially my daughter who is only 4yrs old.

Added by lizlex313 on October 20, 2015 at 5:07pm — 3 Comments

Leaving for boot camp on Nov. 16th

Does anyone else have someone leaving that day?

Added by SaltLakeMom on October 20, 2015 at 12:04pm — 2 Comments

Daugher leaving for boot camp on Nov. 16th

Does anyone else have a future sailor leaving that day?

Added by SaltLakeMom on October 20, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

New Competitive Flag System Promotes Teamwork Among Recruits

Found this on RTC FB.

The original article is from the Official website of the United States Navy

New Competitive Flag System Promotes Teamwork Among Recruits

Added by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on October 17, 2015 at 11:29pm — No Comments

RTC Thanksgiving and Christmas Adopt-A-Sailor Program Dates

This year the dates for the RTC Adopt -A-Sailor programs for Thanksgiving and Christmas are as follows.


TG's graduating on December 4th and December 11th are participate Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Sailor.

Here is the link to the NOTE:…


Added by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on October 17, 2015 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Back Afloat, Easing In

Greetings, N4M community ...

Absence with a purpose: While I used to be very active and supported several PIR groups, I've visited only sporadically over the past two years. Why? I experienced the twin schedule consuming obligations of a cancer journey and completing/defending my dissertation. Joyfully, I survived both of these just fine.

In this time, Son2 exited the Navy, while Son1 continues to serve as a Devil Doc. I have launched a business, and am easing my way back into…


Added by zStratMom on October 16, 2015 at 9:20am — 1 Comment

Ship 14 Div 028 anyone else??

My son is in this div. Anyone else??

Added by tammy8 on October 15, 2015 at 11:17pm — 2 Comments

PIR November 25

Son left on Oct 5, graduation set for 11/25.  Anyone else on here with the same PIR date?

Added by Gidget50 on October 14, 2015 at 12:43pm — 7 Comments


When my son came home September 2014 and told me he had joined the Navy at 17, I was stunned, shocked, concerned, proud, confused, and happy all at once.  My first question was how he could join at only 17; I soon learned the answer to that question with lots of signed paper work by his parents.  My next question was what made you decide to do this?  He responded Mom it is the best fit for me.  Moreover, of course but when do you leave?  That answer did not come as easy, I found out he could…


Added by Mandy on October 13, 2015 at 4:02pm — 6 Comments

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