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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.

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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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Thank You

Happy Friday ,I just wanted to say Thank You to all the wonderful mom's on this site for taking time to explain and help talk us through this experience before I found this site I was a mess I cried everyday my husband thought I was having a break down I thought so too but thanks to this site I know I'm normal and that I'm not alone on this rollercoaster of emotions so thank you again your all so Awesome

Added by Sailormom96 on September 21, 2018 at 8:31am — 2 Comments

September 11, 2018

It has been awhile since I updated my blog. My son is 2/3 of the way through A School. He passed his final PFA and now needs to pass his "comp" then he gets to rank up.

17 years ago, as I watched the 2nd plane hit the tower in New York; I knew I was in for a day of hell. I didn't realize that it was going to be the worst week of my life. I was doing corporate travel where most of my clients were going to for from New York and New Jersey. We lost several clients and co-workers in the…


Added by Kbpoohbear on September 11, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Last Full Day

My son heads to MEPS tomorrow afternoon. I need all the prayers in the world right now. Today we are hosting a cookout for his close friends and family. Tomorrow he leaves. On Monday we watch him take his oath before shipping out. Shortly after we do that I also will be flying out to attend my fathers (his only grandfather alive) funeral. He passed away on Wednesday afternoon after a four week battle after suffering a stroke. Can't be sad for my son since he will not be able to say goodbye…


Added by jcmom on September 8, 2018 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Cell phone plans

I was wondering if there is a cell phone carrier that is better than another as far as service goes.   My son leaves 11/7 for BC. I know he would like to get his own plan after boot camp. Is there one better than another in case over seas after a school?  Should I have the same carrier as well?  Is it better for him to get his own plan now and have it put on a military hold during BC?

Added by Mary Sue on September 7, 2018 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

red shirt fridays

can anyone tell me a good place to find the red shirts with sayings for wear red Fridays. I would like to see about getting some or if there is anyone here who is doing them. thank in advance

Added by T's mom on August 30, 2018 at 3:54pm — 1 Comment

Battalion Stations

When does Battalion Stations usually start? I know there are 12 hours. 

Added by MShell19 on August 28, 2018 at 8:04pm — 1 Comment

Is Recruit Training Command required in the address?

Is it required to include Recruit Training Command on the letters to the recruits? I didn’t put it on envelope when I returned the form letter to my recruit. Now I’m worried that he will not receive it.

Added by Mystiq on August 25, 2018 at 5:38am — 2 Comments

Leaving for BC October 9

Hi everyone is there any mom's out there with son's/daughters leaving this day?

Added by Sailormom96 on August 23, 2018 at 6:19pm — 3 Comments

Leaving for the fleet

My son graduated from boot camp about three weeks ago. He is in A school training in Chicago now and will be leaving in a couple weeks. He then has about ten days leave, then goes to San Diego. We are unsure of the details of how he gets to San Diego. Do we book him a flight from home to San Diego ourselves or is this does through the navy somehow?

Added by hjeanharr on August 17, 2018 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Graduation September 28

Hi, my son was changed to Div 380 graduation September 28th,

Added by Proudmom59 on August 16, 2018 at 4:44pm — 13 Comments

A school

Hi Navy family! My son just graduated from boot camp last Friday YAY! and is now in A school. What is good to send your sailor while in A school? He's staying in the barracks :)

Thank you any info is helpful :)

Added by Karin on August 14, 2018 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

UBER gouging military at Great Lakes

My boot camp graduate used his Dad's UBER account twice recently when other transportation wasn't available.  Both times, he was charged a premium rate.  Premium rates are supposed to be limited to times when there is high demand, which was not the case. This seems unethical and unfair to young men and women on limited incomes.

Added by ohionana on August 13, 2018 at 11:58am — 3 Comments


My son graduates September 21. I am coming from Spain to his graduation and need to know how many days is he given to spend with family right after graduation. Can he sleep in the hotel with us? We are very confused and will love for some help with this. Thanks

Added by Yasmin on August 10, 2018 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

Not able to meet minimum physical fitness test

I just received a call from my son saying that he will be coming home from basic training because he did not meet the minimum physical and will be in separation for the next 10 to 20 days.  I guess he will be able to try and re-enlist in 6 months.  Has this happened to anyone?  Thank you!!

Added by tallmadgemom on August 6, 2018 at 7:21pm — 5 Comments

PIR date pushback

Just got a call from my SR saying he got set back 3 weeks. Does this mean his graduation is moved 3 weeks back or is he not graduating? 

Added by MShell19 on August 2, 2018 at 6:21pm — 3 Comments

Form letter response

Hi Ladies,

I so appreciate all your help in navigating this new chapter in our family's life. 

So I've received the phone call saying "I am here and okay" and we got the box last Friday with a form in it explaining his address, ship number and PIR date. The one issues is that he didn't put any names down on the page to list invited guests. I filled it out but it says he needs to sign it.

Any idea what I should do?

Also, is there ever a chance to get more tickets?…


Added by SJH on August 2, 2018 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

In Limbo

So looks like I am going to have to go through this all over again, my baby is coming back home tonight. I made him wear long sleeves and jeans to help his dad in the yard to prevent bug bites, cuts and/or sunburn before going to MEPS. You guessed it he got a slight heat rash and they would not pass him in medical without a consult. They told him to take a seat until they could get him scheduled with a doctor. They forgot him and he sat there waiting from 8 til 3. By the time they realized…


Added by Momsy on July 24, 2018 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

Do Navy moms get military discounts for hotel stay?

Do Navy moms get military discounts for hotel stay?


Added by Sunflower5 on July 23, 2018 at 5:35pm — No Comments

My Last Night With My Hot Rod....

I am sitting here listening to the thunder roll and trying so come to grips with this chapter of life coming to an end. Our phone has rang off the hook the last couple of days and his Aunt that lives near us came over to get her hug. My side of the family is at least 5 1/2 hour drive away thus the phone calls. His big brother called from Wisconsin and they were on the phone for about an hour (of course he had to talk to his nieces too)  He wanted chinese food for his last day at home, so…


Added by Momsy on July 22, 2018 at 9:15pm — 2 Comments


Does anyome know when Div 309 does there BS? I do know Div 311 and 312 are doing theres now. 

Added by MShell19 on July 19, 2018 at 2:41pm — 14 Comments

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