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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.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil to learn more.

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy. Navy.com

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Tonight is his last night in his own bed for a long time....

When we discussed life options with my son back at the beginning of his Senior year, he mentioned that he had spoken with a recruiter about the Navy and wanted more information. Being the kind of parent who wanted him to make an informed decision, we made calls. We did research.

In April we took a trip out to California where we had the privilege of a tour on the base and I could see it in his eyes; this was exactly his path.

My spouse is LEO, prior Crime Scene Investigator and now hostage negotiator, so Im used to dinners and holidays without him, doing things just me and my kids--- but this is different- this means these things will happen without my baby, my heart and soul, my world, and this is beyond my current comprehension. I Realize, I have to come to terms with this. 

It helps to write.

I've started writing him letters back in October, I don't want him to think for one second he is not on my mind. 

I realize though, he is very concerned about my mental health- so I've been trying as hard as I can possibly, to keep the tears at bay and speak only of the positive- laughing as much as I can muster- he's smart, so I bet he knows Im forcing emotions down.  I just don't want his last image of me to be a broken down mom- I want him to see the confidence I have in him, only.

Well that's it for this blog. You'll see more. 

Writing helps.

Thank you for reading.

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Comment by MomDukes on December 12, 2015 at 5:43pm
I've written my son four times and I hadn't gotten the form letter yet!! I miss him so much yet my heart melts when I picture him reading my letters and cards.

God bless you all.

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