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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.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

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 - America's Navy and 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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A Blue Candle Event ♥

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A Blue Candle Event ♥

Time: February 7, 2019 to January 31, 2020
Location: Anytime, Anywhere, Any Home or Office
Event Type: family, event, celebration, reunion
Organized By: A Blue Candle Event Group - Alicia from Texas
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

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Event Description

When you're missing your Sailor -- Light a Blue Candle!

A wonderful way to honor Sailors Anytime, Anywhere!

During Boot, PIR, specialized training, deployment or when you're just thinking about your loved one on distant shores.

Don't forget holidays, family events or birthdays - Just light a a blue candle, any type of blue candle (Blue for Navy) and allow its warm glow to bring you comforting joy & peaceful solace, and while separated from your Sailor.

Blessings to all our Sailors all over the World ♥

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Comment by towermom on July 12, 2011 at 8:17am
Storymom - thank you for your words.  I called the recuiter yesterday and their sytem was down so he couldn't get me his address so I am anxiously waiting for it this morning.  I have letters and cards to go out already, just want to make sure he does receive something when he can get mail.  We are very proud of him and can't wait till we can speak and see him again.  It is hard not able to talk to him everyday.  I don't think I will ever get use to it.  Thanks again and I am so glad I have other moms and NavyforMoms to chat with. 
Comment by Storymom on July 9, 2011 at 10:26pm

Lbarber....soon you'll receive his box of 'stuff', and THEN the letter with lots of info about graduation-PIR AND about 4 lines from your wonderful son with an address for writing letters.  I wrote everyday, sometimes just a postcard, or sent sections of the Sunday comics or local news in an envelope with a supportive note and lots of love. You might be able to get his valid address earlier if you have a good relationship with his recruiter?  Sometimes they know where their barracks (ship) actually is and can let you know a little sooner.

Congrats to your boy and he will love the NAVY!  (not boot camp, but the NAVY-haha)

Comment by towermom on July 9, 2011 at 3:35pm
What a great idea.  My son left for bootcamp and it was really hard for his father and I - we went on this site and read about the Blue Candle and we lit it the first night and have done so everynight - This is a great way to remember not only him but other that are serving or who have served.  Thank you!
Comment by Storymom on July 9, 2011 at 5:39am
Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July....Bless our Sailors!
Comment by USNproudMom on July 8, 2011 at 9:21pm

I love this idea.  Thank you

Comment by Storymom on May 30, 2011 at 4:40pm
Remember the Brave on this Memorial Day!  Stay safe everyone - keep those blue candles glowing brightly!
Comment by PNM #2 (Proud NaVy Mom-2nd SR) on May 18, 2011 at 2:51pm
My son's PIR is 05/26/11 so I will definitely be lighting my blue candle on that day.  Will also light one on Memorial day.  What a wonderful way to remember our military!!!
Comment by Storymom on May 14, 2011 at 5:31pm

Thanks!  The actual coordinator of all this is Alicia from Texas, but it seems to always get "buried" on this I thought I would make it a new event so it would get more attention.  The original Group and discussions is here at this link, if you would like to see more!
Lesli Comment by Lesli on May 14, 2011 at 9:56am
Hi, this is a great idea, Lesli

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