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.

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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.)

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



Amphibious (Gator Navy)


Amphibious  (Gator Navy)

A place were we family members with Sailors on amphibious boats can come and talk ask questions and just hang out.. so anyone out there with a loved one on a amphibious jump on in lets share stories..

Members: 151
Latest Activity: Jul 6, 2023

Discussion Forum

How to Communicate with a Sailor on Ship Deployment

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by 10mileloop Jun 18, 2017. 17 Replies

Tiger Cruise

Started by Margaret_ProudTexasMomof2Sailors. Last reply by hope4answers Dec 27, 2016. 23 Replies

USS WASP LHD-1(Loved Ones)

Started by NavyWife2011 Mar 14, 2016. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 7, 2017 at 4:36pm

Here's some tax-time info to be sure your Sailor knows about:  Militaryonesource provides free tax filing software.  All active duty, reserve, and retired service members, as well as their spouses and dependents, are eligible for free tax filing services at

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 8, 2017 at 9:08pm

Hope4Answers - that's great that you get to go!  Southwest is great - good prices, no charge for two bags, and best of all, if there's a change or delay, you don't get penalized for changing your ticket; plus if you have to cancel entirely, your money is "banked" with them for your next trip.  

San Diego is easy to get around, just be sure you're used to using navigation on your phone.  If it's a weekend, Enterprise has a weekend rate of $9.99 per day.  Or just use Uber or Lyft.  But driving's easy, and the airport is close.

If you choose to stay on base at the Navy Lodge (I would, especially if travelling by myself), tell them that you're going to homecoming; your Sailor will have to check you in when he arrives.  Reserve as soon as you get a date, because it will fill up.  

Be sure you have a homecoming sign!  Make a fun one (a ton of people do, just use poster board, markers and glitter etc) or order one from   If you order one, do it way in advance, or else the shipping cost really goes up.

And wear comfortable shoes!  LOL

Comment by Cissy on February 3, 2017 at 9:40am
I know, right? I send a flurry of emails. I get so tickled when I get them answered back. He thinks it's funny to send a reply to each one.
Comment by U2navymom on February 2, 2017 at 5:38pm
It's hard when we don't hear from them. My daughter-in-law says keep emailing them so they have lots to read when they got communications back.
Comment by Cissy on February 2, 2017 at 3:54pm
My son is part of the Makin Island group too. I haven't heard from him for a bit.
Comment by U2navymom on February 2, 2017 at 2:27pm
Happy face.
Comment by hope4answers on February 2, 2017 at 1:39pm

Just got some texts from Sailor! Finally hit a sand box - at least it's dry for a few days :P  Breaks my heart that he's says he is just numb to it all. How can I encourage him?

Comment by hope4answers on February 1, 2017 at 3:41pm

Briefly. Will try to reach her again as it gets closer to time. Thanks!

Comment by U2navymom on February 1, 2017 at 3:39pm
We used Uber from the airport to our hotel. It was our first time and very easy to do. We receive updates from the Comstock Ombudsman and the latest information regarding a return date was we will hear about a date a few weeks prior. Are you in touch with the Somerset's Ombudsman? They are there for you during deployments.
Comment by hope4answers on February 1, 2017 at 10:41am

Hubby wants to send me to San Diego to meet Sailor when ship comes in. What's the easiest & most economical way to do this flying in from Alabama? I'm not great at driving in traffic. Have not mentioned the possibility to my sailor. When will we find out when they come back to home port? Son has mentioned one date, but of course, that is subject to change.


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