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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Hurry Up & Wait

GM All, Dropped off my son last night at the hotel. He left this morning & took the shuttle to MEPS with the other recruits. He has a l…

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 Hi I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Jackie. My son  just left for boot on December 4 and have no clue of what to expect so an…

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New Boot Camp Moms

Hello! My son arrived on 11/20. We are patiently awaiting the letter with info on Grad date. Etc. Is there anyone else out there in the sam…

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Phone calls

Hi ladies , Does anyone know if there are certain days that our SR ‘s get to call ? I think it’s on Sundays but not sure . I would die if I…

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No communication- Arrived BC night of 11/12

I feel lost. I would write if I knew where to. I don’t want my son to think we’ve forgotten about him. I keep telling myself that no news i…

Started by Erica

18 Dec 2
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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

19 Nov 30
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Son left for BC today...

Just watched him board the shuttle to the airport. He is on his way. It's bittersweet...sad he is gone happy he has this great road a…

Started by Adele

7 Nov 30
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Hi all, I am a new Navy mom.can someone explain sandbox to me ? It’s been so comforting to learn things and hear others experiences . My da…

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16 Nov 25
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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…

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24 Nov 23
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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…

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