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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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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.




So proud my son will graduate on Dec. 18!  It's been a very long haul (started in July) - first he was NPQ'd for Aviation due to vision issues, then he declined an offer to join the Civil Eng Corps - because he wanted to try for Oceanography - and he got it!! It's all turned out beautifully, and Mom is Very Proud.

Question, any ideas what kind of gift to give at commissioning?  Ideas and suggestions welcome!

My thanks -

Deb - Proud Navy Mom

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Comment by Joyce on December 6, 2015 at 8:32pm

There is an N4M forum with suggestions.

I ordered a watch at Navy Outfitters for my son along with a Christmas ornament for myself.  I also ordered a PIR ribbon from an Etsy seller.  It may be too late for you to get that before your son's graduation.

Comment by mamastephs on December 8, 2015 at 3:14pm

My son told me he wants a nice Navy watch. So that's what I'm doing.

Comment by 1creativern on December 10, 2015 at 3:19pm

Anyone know details on giving a black backpack to recruits for A camp? best ones? When to give?

Comment by Heather on December 19, 2015 at 2:44pm

I heard there will be a place to buy items at graduation. Will the prices be inflated? My son isn't a watch person or really like a lot of "stuff''. Trying to figure out what to give him that will be helpful and meaningful is hard. I would like to congratulate and honor him...we have Christmas, graduation and his Birthday all in a short time frame. Ideas? His PIR is January 8th which is coming right up!


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