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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.

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



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"The “box” was definitely the hardest for me. It was like they had handed me all that…"

DonnaCatLover replied Aug 19 to Received Box

3 Aug 20
Reply by FlowergrowerNavymom

"Hang in there! Boot camp is the toughest part of not being able to communicate as us…"

DonnaCatLover replied Jul 22 to Ship 14 division 329

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"I so remember that! I would go to Costco and pass the stuff he liked and think “Oh,…"

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"Hi ladies, I just wanted to add some thoughts from a Navy mom whose son went through…"

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19 Jul 1
Reply by Kyles Mom

"It’s a bummer to miss their call :(. Typically they are allowed to call when they ge…"

DonnaCatLover replied Oct 22, 2018 to Missed call

5 Oct 22, 2018
Reply by DonnaCatLover

"So very normal feelings mama. My son (and only child) and I shared the same sense of…"

DonnaCatLover replied Sep 13, 2018 to Happy, sad, proud, miserable

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Reply by MichelleMamamiciru

"Hi Tarahlou, your feelings are oh so normal. I had those same feelings that the fami…"

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Reply by Deb

"What a great kid you raised! I know my now-a-sailor son loves me but he left for boo…"

DonnaCatLover replied Jun 16, 2018 to Amazing Son

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Reply by Phoenixmom

"I’m a first time Navy mom also. My son has now been in the Navy for 2 years. The Nav…"

DonnaCatLover replied Apr 30, 2018 to Thank you for adding me

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"I hand wrote letters. Haven’t done that for years and it was difficult but I wanted…"

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