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."


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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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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Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2315
Latest Activity: Apr 7

Discussion Forum

What happens after ASchool?

Started by SailorMom18. Last reply by Phoenixmom Feb 13, 2019. 1 Reply

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by SuBHuni34 Nov 29, 2018. 9 Replies

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Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 6:32pm
Natalie...WHOOOHOO for you and Shane!!! When was his PIR?
Hey Roni....Thanks for the helpful hints...I am pretty much up on the "generation gap" terms, it's the Navy terms I am familiarizing myself with. And yes, Hoppi, has done a great job for us in the Navy Terms discussion. I sure hope one of these days, I'll be able to meet with you NoCal Mom's..what a get-together that will be!!!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 5:26pm
Roni...sorry..of course I know it's "beauty rest"...tee hee
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 5:14pm
Hi didn't ask me, but I think corpsmen is medical...Roni, correct me if this isn't right. I didn't want to disturb your "nap" this afternoon to ask you. lol lol lol
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 5:07pm
Roni...I am so confused with all the terms....but I'm trying to learn. Vee :-)
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 4:51pm
Kelly, you are so correct! Will's the man for this answer. When my gr-son had his PIR, he went to the other side immediately.
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 4:30pm
Kelly...My gr-son is on the "other side" on hold for ATT. He has completed SCC and Phase 2. I am positive his parents took him his computer and bought him a new cell phone while they were in GL for his PIR. Hope that helps a little.
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 3:20pm
Roni, I support that "Shout Out" to Will, Hoppi and Chris D.! Everyone, HAGW aka Have A Great Weekend!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 1:47pm
Good Morning all! I see fingers were busy last night while I was trying to sleep.
Sheila and Rene...WELCOME!
Will, get those overalls on and the cameras rolling on your project! Can't wait to see the pics.:-)
Everyone have a great day! Vee
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 5, 2009 at 10:37pm
Will, what a great idea .. the mural! Wish I were close enough to take you up on your invitation to drop by and see it in a couple of weeks. TAKE PICTURES to share with all of us and have yourself a great evening.

Roni...I'll try to keep you "on task"..however, it may take all of Can't wait to meet you in person...Vee :)
Comment by kim ann on March 5, 2009 at 3:18am
Louise, the thing your recruit needs, is mail, and LOTS of it! It will vary on their divisional CO's as to what reaction your recruit will receive from pictures, musical cards and the like, but most of them are enjoyed. As my son had put it, "going to mail call,nothing is worse than Not receiving anything, like taking a kid to a candy store and letting him look at all the bins but not able to take a bite"!! So write him, send him anything! Even the boring stuff has a whole new light to your recruit! Don't expect a lot back, they are very busy, and tired, and can only mail on on Sundays. They can GET mail every day tho. Do you know yet if your son is a grad n' go? They would not have alot of time after graduating because they will leave to their next duty or school. If they stay in GL, you may have time with them that weekend. So much depends on where they go, what "rate" (my bad, I didn't define that one earlier!) they are in, etc. I know the SDC's here can and will give you MUCH better info than I, just thought that since we missed the "rush" earlier, and you may have a bit of news to help ease the thoughts for you tonite...congrats, we are all here along with ya!

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