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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Special New Year's Eve Plans? Resolutions? I want to hear about them! :)

Yes, I know… Christmas has yet to arrive and here I am asking about New Years Eve ☺

I’m a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to social events so I still have nothing on my calendar, but I was wondering if anyone had anything special planned for the eve of the new year… be it with your sailor or maybe even with other N4M members?

What about New Year’s resolutions? I’ll share mine… next year I am going to…. make… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on December 12, 2008 at 6:50pm — 6 Comments

Look What our "Adopt a Sailors" are doing. Rock on USS Rodney M. Davis!


9. Everett-Based Frigate Captures Cocaine Worth $90 Million

(EVERETT (WA) HERALD 08 DEC 08) ... Jackson Holtz

EVERETT - A Navy frigate based in Everett on Friday captured a fishing vessel

in the eastern Pacific that military officials say was carrying more than 4

metric tons of cocaine valued at more than $90 million.

The USS Rodney M. Davis, home-ported in Everett, was working with the U.S.

Coast Guard and the Joint Interagency… Continue

Added by diane {Shawns mom} on December 9, 2008 at 2:42pm — 11 Comments


Every mom has given us the gift of their child serving our great country. A gift of pride, of tears, of loneliness, of sacrifice, a gift we all share and cherish. The wives and husbands and children, the aunts and uncles and grandparents, the girlfriends and boyfriends and fiances, all too have given the gift of supporting their service member. A gift of the heart. I thank you all for that gift.

Our sailors give of the gift of liberty, of our rights as citizens, of freedom to speak… Continue

Added by Anti M on December 9, 2008 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

My FIRST EVER NavyForMoms Meet and Greet!!

Saturday morning and I was a little nervous about this first meeting and wondered how well it would go. Would everyone that had RSVP-ed for the breakfast Meet & Greet show up? And if so, how friendly would they all be? And, more importantly, would Elle, the new Navy For Moms Admin and my "surprise" special guest be able to make it with her busy schedule? Could we plan another get together?

The answers? Yes, very friendly, yes and yes. Everyone who had RSVP-ed showed up at… Continue

Added by Sherry James on December 8, 2008 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Go Navy Beat Army - It's Game Day!

081111-N-9150R-251 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2008) Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) spell out "Go Navy Beat Army!" on the flight deck to cheer on the midshipmen in the upcoming 109th Army-Navy college football game. The teams of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy will meet Dec. 6 in Philadelphia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen… Continue

Added by Sue S on December 6, 2008 at 8:02am — 1 Comment

Christmas in the Navy ... The Great Christmas Road Trip

This is in memory of my brother, who just passed away yesterday.

I had spent my first Christmas in the Navy in bootcamp. We did get to open cards and the chow hall served a nice feast. Pretty boring day. However, my next Christmas was in Great Lakes while I was still in A school. I was a petty officer third class by then; this is when the ET schools awarded the crow at ten weeks. I decide to fly home for Christmas. I knew my parents weren't there, Dad was still working in Saudi and… Continue

Added by Anti M on December 5, 2008 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

ok, first Holiday in the bag...

Well, Jay left for boot Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I received the 2 second phone call at 2:30 am when he hit Great Lakes - and when I woke up in the morning, I wasn't sure if I had dreamt the call or if it actually occurred.

Friends had us over on Thanksgiving so that we weren't home alone (one daughter is in NY, the other is in another town here in FL). My sister decided we should have a family Thanksgiving on Saturday... all was well until I realized I had set an "extra" place at… Continue

Added by Suzanne on December 2, 2008 at 4:32pm — No Comments

December 24th Graduation

I am very new to thisand was wondering if anyone has a recruit graduating from Great Lakes on Dec 24th and will you be traveling to graduation??

Added by Barb (Jordan's mom) on December 2, 2008 at 12:50pm — 5 Comments

Thanksgiving at Goose Creek, Nukes

We had 13 sailors show up for our Thanksgiving dinner 2008! They started arriving around noon, and we finally said goodnight at 10 pm. (The parents were ready for bed!)
It was the usual turkey, ham, potatoes, corn, stuffing, and family creamed onions. However, to share your sailor's time was precious.
Thanks for the memories and thanks to the villas for a great place to stay.

Added by carols_kitchen on December 1, 2008 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Holiday Question for our Maryland, Virginia, and DC Moms

Hi Moms-

Just wondering if you or any other local N4M's are planning on hosting a Sailor for the holidays, or planning on ‘giving back’ in other ways in your hometown. If so, Elle S. and I would love to talk to you! Please let us know what you are up to! :) CC

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on December 1, 2008 at 4:32pm — 3 Comments

Anchors Aweigh, my moms, Anchors Aweigh!

Dear Members:

My husband J and I are relocating to Chicago in a few days. My last day on the site will be tomorrow 12/2/2008. Your new admin will be Elle. I’ve been transitioning her for the last couple of weeks. The rules and the site are the same. The only difference is you are talking to her instead of me. :D Please welcome, be patient, help, and work with her as she continues to transition in to the admin role.

I can’t believe that almost 10 months ago I was asked to… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on December 1, 2008 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Sailor Quote Sunday

"And a sailor you must be if you're going to try ocean voyaging. You'll need a modicum of sailing aptitude, some grasp of mechanical concepts, and a willingness to pitch in and work. Most veteran world sailors fall into the classification of restless adventurers who are always looking at distant horizons."

Hal Roth
After 50,000 Miles

Added by Sue S on November 30, 2008 at 9:17am — 1 Comment

Adopted a Sailor


Has anyone out there heard about Adopted a Sailor? Does anyone have a web site to learn more information about this. My son was telling me about this and I went on line and could not find the web site. I live very close to Great Lakes and would love to help out with some of the men and women who can not get home during the holidays, let me know!


Added by Debbie (Stephen's mom) on November 28, 2008 at 8:21pm — 1 Comment

The Difference Between the Air Force and the Navy

In the Air Force, if it isn't written you can do something, then you can't. In the Navy, if it isn't written that you can't, then you can.

(quote from my Air Force pilot cousin!)

Added by Kimandtheboys on November 28, 2008 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Admin's Mom Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving :)

Find more videos like this on Navy For Moms

Happy Thanksgiving Moms. :)

Your grateful admin- Catherine… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 26, 2008 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

A great gift to give...

red cross Pictures, Images and Photos

As the holiday season approaches us, the need for blood donation always increases. Perhaps one of the best gifts we can give this year is to donate blood.

To learn more blood donation opportunities, visit or

call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

We all expect blood to be there for us, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later,… Continue

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on November 25, 2008 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Who do you fight with for the wishbone?

thanksgiving or happy thanksgiving Pictures, Images and Photos

Yes, the reality of our sailor not being home for Thanksgiving hit our daughter today. She wanted to know WHO she was going to fight with on the wishbone? Our son and daughter enjoyed this tradition for years, so do we save the wishbone until he returns home again…

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on November 25, 2008 at 10:22pm — 6 Comments

To all of our Navy families...

Happy Thanksgiving Pictures, Images and Photos

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on November 25, 2008 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Quote Me, Capture This! 11/25/2008


"You make men love their government and their country by giving them the kind of government and the kind of country that inspire respect and love." –Zechariah Chafee Jr.


081124-N-7668G-033 NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 24, 2008) Family members of the crew of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) hold up signs while observing the submarine's return from a six-month… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 25, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment


My son left on November 18th, he did not want my husband or I to be home when he left, so away he went, he called Wednesday night and told us he was at Great Lakes and tired, he wanted to talk to his dad and by the time his father got to the phone he had to go, we felt bad we really did not get to talk with him. So Friday came and my daughter came in from school and I thought we would have a pretty good weekend and then Friday night a box came, we were trying to figure out what we had ordered,… Continue

Added by Debbie (Stephen's mom) on November 25, 2008 at 10:02am — 2 Comments

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