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.

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

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy 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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

Format Downloads:

Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

N4M Merchandise

Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress. Para Familias

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



My daughter is an AM about to graduate from A school and is going to be stationed in Lemoore. She said she can anticipate going out on aircraft carriers. Does anyone have any advice on what she can expect and for a nervous parent who has heard that the flight deck is very dangerous. Will she most likely be on the flight deck if she is an AM? 

Views: 244

Replies to This Discussion

loween....Are you on the Pensacola group?. If not, we'd love to have you join us as there are a few other AM moms you can chat with...There's a carrier group on N4Ms but it not very active but has some great information....that being said, my airmen son has been on 3 different carriers. He has been at sea for 20 out of 24 months and works on the flight deck. Yes it can be dangerous but they are highly trained and qualified to be on working on it. I personally spent time on the carrier with my son watching the flight deck in operation.....I'd be happy to answer any questions, feel free to PM me.....:))

Carrier Families:

Thank you so much for you insights. Very helpful! Do you have any idea how long it takes for them to get their paper orders once they have selected their duty station? It has been almost two weeks and my daughter still does not have her paper orders. She is thinking of coming home for a week or so before heading out to Lemoore. Do the orders usually give some leeway before they have to report in Lemoore?

Hi loween.  My son is an AO stationed in Lemoore.  He deploys with the USS John C. Stennis when they go out.  He is actually on his 2nd deployment now but has done numerous DET cruises since moving to Lemoore 4 years ago.  I can't speak about AM's on the flight deck - so BeachBunny is your best source there but I totally understand how you feel about having your kid on the flight deck.  I was so afraid his first deployment that something terrible would happen. But they are all so well trained and so respectful of being on the flight deck that it is all second nature to them.  I know that for my son's squadron if one of the guys doesn't seem to have his head in the game while up there they pull him and he can get in a lot of trouble because it's not only dangerous for that individual but for everyone else up there.  Safety is taken very seriously and it is really amazing to watch everyone in action up there. Hang in there!!

Thanks for your reply! I am still learning all the Navy lingo. What is a DET cruise? What does that involve?


DET is's a short cruise or training detached from their home base....deployment is longer, think the time line is 4 months or longer for deployment...

Your daughter will know more when she gets to Lemoore, there's many squadrons stationed there. Some are coming back from the Southern Seas deployment so they shouldn't be going back out and others will be scheduled this year...there's a rotation schedule. She'll get her schedule once she gets to Lemoore....step 1 is grad in Pcola, getting her paper orders and then report to Lemoore....I drove by that base the other day..:))

I reread your post from the other're daughter probably won't be on the flight deck much until she has met her quals to do so...which takes time...the squadrons do so much work in the hangar bay and their airmen didn't work the deck until his 2nd deployment, first one he had KP duty(kitchen prep, he worked in the officer's galley), which is a qual....he loves the flight much so he volunteered for TAD orders to go with another squadron that was short handed for a 10 month deployment...:)


© 2023   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service