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 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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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: 2300
Latest Activity: on Friday

Discussion Forum

What happens after ASchool?

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

BECC Info?

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

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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!
Comment by kim ann on March 5, 2009 at 2:59am
Wow! I go work a 15 hr shift, come back and have a book to read! And it isn't even yours yet Will! Still waiting to hear about the "publishing" date, so I can take a day off work, curl up with the next best seller, and sip the ole camomile tea! Thanks for answering marthab questions, one to depend on me to help anyway..well, may take a day or year! All you new ladies, congrats on your sailors or soon to be ones! Believe you me, I am still learning from you, and I've been here close to a year! Good nite Ya'all! :0}
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 4, 2009 at 11:48pm
Good night, Will...thanks again for everything you do for all of us. Vee
Comment by marthab on March 4, 2009 at 11:43pm
William, thank you for the detailed info about SWCC. It is more than my son told me ( he didn't want me to worry??) I like all the details. My other question was: where do they go and what do they do before A school starts in May? His PIR is 3/20. Div 818. ship 4.
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 4, 2009 at 11:40pm
Will, thank you so much! Glad to see you made it back with us..are we making you break a sweat yet?..Vee
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 4, 2009 at 11:36pm
Well, I can see my brains and my fingers are not on the "same page" tonight, so I am calling it a night....Good night all, have a great one wherever you are!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 4, 2009 at 11:32pm
ok threw anoher new one at me...what is TSC? Thanks....Vee
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 4, 2009 at 11:26pm
Awe, Will....while you were "sleeping", some of us were just having a little girl fun....You can kick back in now that you are awake. LOL LOL
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 4, 2009 at 11:11pm
....and I am one more generation behind you all...
Roni, you sure had the right idea when yours were growing up at home.
Vee :)
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 4, 2009 at 11:09pm
Kelly, it's called "the GENERATION GAP." lol lol

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