This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.

FIRST TIME HERE?

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET STARTED:

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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

Events

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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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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Navy.com Para Familias

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

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Great Lakes A School Q&A

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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 Jez on September 19, 2019 at 2:12pm
Oh okay! Thanks for all your help guys! I really appreciate everything you do and constantly answering the same questions! Your Mom help service is priceless!!
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 19, 2019 at 1:17pm

If he's living on the ship then yes, communication can be spotty.  He might have to go somewhere else to get service.  If he's on deployment then that's when you want to use something like WhatsApp.  They do have computers available for emails while deployed but often they just don't have time to use them!  And yes, they often have to wait until the ship is in port and then all the emails come through.

Comment by Jez on September 19, 2019 at 1:15pm
Sounds good, thanks B’sNukeMoM!
Comment by Jez on September 19, 2019 at 1:13pm
Okay, I got the impression by what he was trying to say that it wouldn’t be traditional communication like we are use to and would have spotty service or like occasional data dumps where you get service and get and send everything at once or just have service at ports kind of thing.
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 19, 2019 at 1:11pm

The WhatsApp is a good app to use when they are deployed.  I'm sure there are others out there but this is what my son & I used:

WhatsApp

Comment by Phoenixmom on September 19, 2019 at 1:09pm

Each of the Sailors will have an email address for whichever ship/sub they will be on, but  a lot of the times they need to have a signal to be able to respond, make sure you get that email address from them, or sometimes when they port they may contact you as well.

Comment by Jez on September 19, 2019 at 1:08pm
Awesome! Thanks for the info!
Comment by Phoenixmom on September 19, 2019 at 1:07pm

Jez No the carrier has computers and you will be able to email him and sometimes messenger thru your phone and his. That is how me and my son communicated. Just make sure he gets you signed up with the Ombudsman for which ever ship he will be on. A .lot of the other ships are Silent but the carrier is one who you will have communication

Comment by Jez on September 19, 2019 at 12:55pm
@phoenixmom once they are on their Carrier is it total silence? My son was told yesterday that text and calls wouldn’t be happening out at sea, he was shocked but makes sense I doubt att and tmobile etc cover the ocean. But will they still be able to occasionally receive emails or something like that? Just curious.
Comment by Phoenixmom on September 19, 2019 at 12:50pm

Hi Ladies when my son was done with A school he donated to the next person his tv and other things he had and made sure they do the same before the head out as well, God willing it is still happening. But when they are sent to their Duty station they must send a lot of their belongings home, and because it is costly you can either pick it up or he will send home or donate it. so they do not want to have to much at the end. some may be able to go home after A school some may not. Once my Son left A school went directly to Duty station two weeks later he was sent to meet up with his Carrier which was out at sea on deployment. so it differs. Just be ready!

 

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