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.

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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son left today for boot camp

Hello, My son left today for boot camp at great lakes. I am new to this site, and excited I found it.  Just have a question, He should have…

Started by Kathy

8 Sep 15, 2010
Reply by ziggyj

Words of Encouragement

I found I was having a hard time coming up with something encouraging to say; beyond, "You can do it!"  So I went searching for some encour…

Started by SimplyJRB-ADs Mom

9 Sep 13, 2010
Reply by 2tymeNavyMom

tests before leaving for bootcamp

my daughter enlisted in the navy and is scheduled to ship out for basics in january 2011 (unless there becomes an available opening sooner)…

Started by Ladyvirgo09

7 Sep 6, 2010
Reply by Ladyvirgo09


okay i have a few questions to anyone who may know the correct answers.     1) approximately how long after i receive "the box" should i ex…

Started by MRs L*

17 Sep 6, 2010
Reply by MRs L*

Daughter left August 18 from Houston Texas

Yesterday she left, I am wondering how she is making it today. We went and saw her sworn in and then we texted while she was at the airport…

Started by Charlee S12 Div 341 PIR 10/15/10

54 Aug 26, 2010
Reply by Charlee S12 Div 341 PIR 10/15/10

why NO contact?

Got letters from son 2-3 a week until 2 weeks ago,then nothing..Does anyone know why?am really worried..Am new to the really comf…

Started by shelly

10 Aug 24, 2010

Hotels for PIR: Has anyone stayed at the Homewood Suites?

There is a Homewood Suites in Lincolnshire, IL that I am contemplating booking our room at.  Our PIR date is 10/01/10.  Has anyone stayed h…

Started by Twin Falls Navy Mom (S13 D330)

7 Aug 23, 2010
Reply by ProudNvyMom

New questions to ponder???

So, I am reading on here that when you get your offical letter it tells the graduation date, is that correct?? Also reading that you should…

Started by Charlee S12 Div 341 PIR 10/15/10

12 Aug 22, 2010
Reply by WyattsMom/Ship 3/Div 317


Graduated to bc mom today at noon.  My son Sam was sworn in today in Houston, Tx. I would not have known it was alright to go the the cerem…

Started by txsailorsam-Donna

19 Aug 18, 2010
Reply by lori

Phone call, sooner than later!

My husband left for BC 8/3, got THE BOX yesterday, and got a phone call today!!!!!!! OMG, I was caught off guard! It was amazing and I coul…

Started by LTLY

13 Aug 9, 2010
Reply by Liz71184


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