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.

Check out these Navy Social Links...

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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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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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.



November 2009 Blog Posts (20)

My Army Son

Today was a very sad day.. I had to say good bye to my son as he heads back to Iraq... its funny the things we think of as they walk away towards security... you think back to that little bundle of joy you brought into the world.. for me it was 21 years ago today I brought him into my life... He was such a wonderful happy little boy... daring and courageous.. he is my heart...

Each of my son's were a part of me.. but with my Army son our connection is so strong and unbreakable;… Continue

Added by Debby on November 28, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Thankgiving Dinner!

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!

Wow, this was one of the best Thanksgiving Dinners we have had in nine years!. There were 15 of us! David and Aaron (USS Harry S. Truman), Brandon (NAS Oceana) and Savannah, Brandon's mom (Brenda) and dad (Jesse) and brother (Aaron) and friend (Nick), Trever (USS Gunston Hall), Kim (Norfolk NAVSTA), Aubree (Dam Neck), Sarah and Jacob (our grandson), and Yvonne and me. Only one person was missing - Brian our son-in-law. He had to work - in Minnesota. Check out… Continue

Added by John and Yvonne on November 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

You Are Invited .. if you are in Northern California in December.

Members of the Northern California Navy Moms group are having two Meet & Greets in December. Moms, dads, girlfriends, wives - all are welcome. If you have just joined Navy For Moms and live in Northern Calif., this is a wonderful opportunity to meet other local Navy supporters. Click on the links to two events for more information and RSVP.

Northern California Meet & Greet - Sacramento Dec 6,… Continue

Added by BunkerQB on November 28, 2009 at 12:58pm — No Comments

"Mom, send me my cellphone...."

So your sailor wants their cellphone and ipod and laptop now they are in A school. You want to send it quickly and safely, but what's the best way to do that? Generally, USPS flat rate priority, insured with tracking is the cheapest. Express mail works also, but the timing on it is trickier. Mail packages out late in the week so they receive their notice on a Monday, or get it in the mail early enough on Monday they have time to get the notice, and then get to the mailroom before the weekend.… Continue

Added by Anti M on November 26, 2009 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

My First Thanksgiving As A Navy Mom

So here it is, two days before Thanksgiving. It's lovely weather here in Nor Cal, chilly, clear nights, bright sunshine days. My mom decided to have Thanksgiving at her house this year, I offered to help her cook and she said she has everything taken care of but if she needs me she'll call. So I should be estatic about not having to cook and all that. Well I am, not that I mind doing all the cooking and everything that goes with Thanksgiving, I enjoy it very much. But, I'm also sad because my… Continue

Added by Christine-OS2 proud mom on November 25, 2009 at 12:29am — No Comments

Update: Meeting Kits No Longer Available, Downloadable Items Are Here To Stay

Hello everyone!

Back in August we introduced Meeting Kits to help you host and promote your gatherings. We are glad we were able to send so many but we have unfortunately ran out and won’t be producing any more. That being said, there are still lots of things that you can download for free – like name tags, flyers, and contact cards. Just click… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 24, 2009 at 11:27am — No Comments

Want to help out at the Army-Navy Game?

090829-N-1557B-012 GREAT LAKES, Ill., (Aug. 29, 2009) More than 4,750 recruits and staff members from Recruit Training Command spell out "Go Navy!" in front of the USS Iowa headquarters building at Recruit Training Command for a photo to be aired at this year's Army-Navy football game Dec. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Dustan Burke/Released)

This year we'll need the help of 10 - 15 enthusiastic moms at the Army-Navy Game! We're setting up… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 23, 2009 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

What are you Thankful For?

During this Thanksgiving week, I am missing my sailor. I am so thankful he is doing well, and I am so proud of him. He has deployed and this will be the first Thanksgiving since he enlisted that I won't see him. May not even get to talk to him! I am so thankful he found his place with the Navy! Tell me, what are you Thankful for?

Added by D'sMum35 on November 22, 2009 at 1:52pm — 2 Comments

husband is @ basic wondering when/if I will b getting money in bank?

My husband is @ basic.
He has been there about a wk.
I was wondering when or if I will b getting the BAH money?
I really need it soon to pay bills we have coming up.
Someone told me that he does not get anything until he graduates basic.
Is this true?
Please any info will help!
I need to know so I can figure our what to do.
Thank you!

Added by navywife4life2009 on November 20, 2009 at 11:09pm — 2 Comments

Comment Order On Blogs Reversed

Due to popular demand, I've switch the order of comments on Blogs back to the old setting. Comments will now appear in chronological order - so you can read them in the order they were posted (much easier).

Still working on the page number issue - I think it's obvious from all the feedback I've received that everyone prefers the old format much better (myself included). Let's keep our fingers crossed that Ning listens to us!


Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 18, 2009 at 5:03pm — 3 Comments

Noticed some changes to N4M? Here's why...

What a hectic few weeks it's been! Ning, the company who hosts this site and handles the "technical" side of things, has been releasing lots of changes to their networks including Navy For Moms. I wanted to share with you everything they have announced and would love to hear your opinion in the comments section below. Here we go...

Private messages now have an increased character limit. This means you'll have more room to write your PM without having to send a second message… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 17, 2009 at 1:30pm — 19 Comments

Combat Medic

My son has chosen his job and I would like some clarification on the details and duties of the position, as well as the length of training before he is sent out. His position is "Combat Medic. Can anyone share their experiences with me?

Added by Mindy Berryman on November 12, 2009 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Combat Medic

My son has chosen his job and I would like some clarification on the details and duties of the position, as well as the length of training before he is sent out. His position is "Combat Medic. Can anyone share their experiences with me?

Added by Mindy Berryman on November 12, 2009 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Bring Back "Latest Reply" Please Elle!!!

I loved the "latest Reply" ...for me it was a quick and easy way to keep track of my groups activity!
Please consider bringing it back!
If you agree please just leave a "na" or Ya" here.

Added by diane {Shawns mom} on November 11, 2009 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Happy Veteran's Day!

Just wanted to take an opportunity to thank all who serve our country! I am so proud to count my son among the ranks when offering my gratitude. My 11 and 12-year-old daughters each responded to the Patriot's Pen question, "When is the right time to honor our military heroes?" I am including the responses as tribute to all who serve.

By LS age 12

"Everyone is sad and still as they honor our fallen soldier, Specialist George Cauley, who was killed in Afghanistan on October 11th,… Continue

Added by MN Mom on November 11, 2009 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Thank you

Thanks to my 2 sailors for your service to our country...I am sooooo proud of both of you!! Thanks to all the men and women who currently and have served in all the branches of our military. I especially thank those who given the ulitmate sacrifice with their lives...I owe a debt to them and their families that I can never pay. GOD BLESS YOU…

Added by AngiePNMx2 on November 10, 2009 at 11:05pm — No Comments

USPS Military Holiday Mail Deadlines: Make Sure You Send Your Package Out In Time!

Hey everyone!

I know that many of you are sending out care packages and letters to your loved ones for the holidays. To ensure that whatever you mail out reaches your Sailor or Officer in time, please be sure to send it out by the deadline specified by the USPS.

Cut off dates begin on November 13th, depending on the shipping method you chose and your Sailor/Officer's location.

You can find a full list of deadlines within a news release the USPS just posted last… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 5, 2009 at 3:22pm — 8 Comments

Ning Gift Store Application To Be Removed

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about the Gift Store Application potentially being removed. After being reviewed by the Navy, a decision has been made to move forward with removal.

The Navy can't accept money - nor were they- but they didn't want you to believe they were somehow making money off of N4M members. As we currently can't chose to only offer free gifts or control the cost of… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 2, 2009 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

My PIR weekend Oct. 30th

Okay, here's my story: Thurs. pm arrive HSV airport for direct flight to ORD in plenty of time for flight departing at 3;26p. Twenty minutes prior to departure time, gate agent says there's going to be a delay (mechanics on the way) don't know how long. This is the last flight out of HSV to ORD. My first thought is "I might have a 10 hr. drive ahead of me since I'm not missing PIR". Fortunately, flight leaves with a 45min delay. Arrive ORD, bags make it, grab shuttle to rental car. Rental car… Continue

Added by vettespace on November 2, 2009 at 5:02pm — No Comments

what is the Navy's policy about tattoos?

I was wondering what the policy is with tattoos that r visible.

Added by navywife4life2009 on November 1, 2009 at 1:16am — 2 Comments

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