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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.

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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Wow I didnt know it was going to be this hard...We had a wonderful weekend with Desiree it was priceless I feel like nobody understands until i get on here and see so many others going through the exact same thing.......we should receive our phone call around midnight......please god give me the stregnth to go through this and please keep my daughter safe through her journey!

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Hi proudmon/Desi, well my weeks are just about over my daughter's PIR date is 4/27/12. I am heading for Great Lakes on Thursday.  Yippee!  Hang in there, say alot of prayers and have tons of faith in your daughter.  Everything will be fine.  It just pure hell the first few weeks because you just don't know whats going on.  Also names are not put in conversation. Your daughter is an SR now. Seaman Recruit.  Go on N4M and get all the  acronyms to understand the Navy language you will be seeing in the next few weeks to come.  Good luck and God Bless and look out for the roller coaster.

Okay I will check that out....thank you roller coaster ride is exactly how i feel lol!

Hi! Welcome to the only place where every person here knows how you feel! Proud, scared, bittersweet, impatient, loving...alll those emotions are flowing and will be. Just stick here, Mom's here know!

Thank you I have a feeling this site will be my new best friend!

It has already helped me tremendously, my son left Monday.....

My son left today also. I'm waiting for the phone call tonight. I know I will miss him but it's just the idea that I can't pick up the phone and call him when I want to that bothers me the most. It's hard to give 'em up, but I guess he belongs to the Navy now.

Wow Vicky they are probably together my daughter left from Denver I just got the call and I agree not being able to just call her is going to be so hard!

Hi proudmom/Desi, I so understand your pain. I cried and cried when my son left 4/9 actually I cried from the time in Jan. until then that he was going into the navy.  He has been gone for 2 1/2 weeks now and everything that everyone says about keeping busy is so true. My daughter is in the army and i went to see her graduate from A school this past weekend.  boy did that keep my mind off the situation.  Of course, i had to be careful not to talk about my son because my daughter was worried about me slipping into depression over him leaving.  Keep busy, busy busy, and it really helps.

Ya I have learned just in 2 days keeping busy is the best thing lol! Otherwise all you do is cry...

Hi proudmom/Desi and Tina - My son left on 4/9 and I knew since January he was leaving as well.  Be prepared! Staying busy is key but know this - tears can flow at anytime and without the slightest trigger. It has been tough, emotionally, for me.  I am reading all the posts and feel a lot better knowing how I feel isn't unique! I want my first letter too!

So true...songs r a real trigger for me but I have a 15 yr old at home that helps! She keeps me busy!

Thanks staying busy is key!


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