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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 - 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.

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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: Aug 31

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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 Victoria on January 2, 2012 at 12:37am

Thank you. I miss my son so much! I am very happy he is on the right path- but my heart hurts a lot when I think of how much I miss him being around-

God Bless you all.

Comment by Chris, Forever Ray's Proud Mom on January 1, 2012 at 10:17am

Way to start a New Year, posted on Facebook to keep awareness alive

Comment by Storymom on December 31, 2011 at 4:33pm

Lighting a BLUE CANDLE this evening and all day tomorrow-missing our deployed Aircrewman-supporting the 6th Fleet and NATO forces far away.

NAVY ON --VP 47 of the Golden Swordsmen!

Comment by ehunckler on December 30, 2011 at 8:43am

This is a wonderful idea. I will have to go buy some blue candles as well.

Comment by Storymom on December 20, 2011 at 12:27am

Alicia: love that song on Home for the holidays group it. 

"candle in the window"   wish that group would stay active, but it has become quite quiet, huh??  Nice to hear the story of the begining of the blue candles!!

Comment by AutumnSunset on December 18, 2011 at 8:58pm

I will be going out this week to look for a blue candle. What a great idea! My SR, although not a sailor and not deployed, will not be home for Christmas, I will light one to remember all those serving in the Navy during this time.

Alicia Mother of Chris Texas Comment by Alicia Mother of Chris Texas on December 17, 2011 at 4:31pm

Story behind the blue candle moms... Several years ago some of us were in group called home for the mom was upset because her child wasn't coming home.  I popped off and said... I will burn a blue candle for the military  missing from the home tables and many others joined in...that is when we made it a blue candle event.. It has continued and we are all happy to remember those not at thome.  This year my son is ont he Stennis somewhere on the big blue sea and his candle will be burning again this year.  Actually mine burns most of the time but especially on holidays we light his candle when we eat...

Comment by Storymom on December 17, 2011 at 12:59pm

No problem Alicia...happy to do it --- I'm just glad you started the whole wonderful group long ago!!  THANK YOU!  :-)

Alicia Mother of Chris Texas Comment by Alicia Mother of Chris Texas on December 16, 2011 at 10:40pm

Thankyou Storymom for keeping the Blue Candle Going!!! Proud to be one of the original Blue Candle moms and my hubby being sick I have not realized it had to be started again....GOOD FOR YOU

Comment by Storymom on November 23, 2011 at 10:10pm

Have a wonderful and hearty Thanksgiving Navy Moms!   Lighting my blue candle for my sailor far away on distant shores....

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