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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What PIR weekend may be like for those flying out of GL

This is meant to share information for those whose sailors are flying out of GL. There is other information posted in the BC Mom pages but…

Started by Chipmunk

58 8 hours ago
Reply by Chipmunk

When your recruit doesn't write

Anyone else have a recruit who's child doesn't write often, and who also writes other people? My son has written us maybe 4 times in 2 mont…

Started by Baptistmama

9 on Wednesday
Reply by MrsDevilDoc

It really hit me yesterday...

My son leaves in exactly 2 weeks, and it really hit me yesterday that he will be gone. I cried in the car on the way home from work. I know…

Started by Adele

21 on Saturday
Reply by Velvetenor

Wild ride

My son left on the 17th of October for BC. About 4 days in he called me with the dreaded scripted message, in which he said, do not come to…

Started by JazzyHeffa

4 Nov 16
Reply by Baptistmama

The mall?

I finally got a letter today from my son with info about what he wants me to bring him. Nothing. Lol. He’s traveling to FL and he said all…

Started by NavyMom9519

9 Oct 26
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After 3 weeks I finally have my son’s mail info. I still haven’t received the box or form letter but his recruiter got the address for us.…

Started by Mama Scha

7 Oct 26
Reply by Jen

The wait and stress is real

My son has been at BC 24 hours now and I am a straight mess. My anxiety is through the roof. I waited up for the scripted "I am here" phone…

Started by NukemomofC

16 Oct 24
Reply by NavyMomofJM

Thanksgiving question

We are not able to fly (we're East Coast) to pick up our sailor for the holiday, but my aunt and uncle live JUST under 50 miles from RTC. T…

Started by Sandy

7 Oct 24
Reply by lemonelephant

All my Letters that I have been waiting to send

Hi,  I received the form letter today!!!   It was so awesome to see her beautiful handwriting if nothing more than that on the information…

Started by potterycat

8 Oct 21
Reply by NavyMom9519

Waiting and trying to not worry

My son is in week 2. My understanding is that it got very real for the new recruits. I keep reminding myself that no news is good news. Hug…

Started by Mama Scha

19 Oct 21
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