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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My son left on Thursday. When do we find out what division he is in?

Started by BelindaM

1 Jun 24
Reply by belovedbyHim

2nd Boot Camp- kinda

So my son left Thursday, June 20 for Boot Camp but he just finished his first year at a military college-The Citadel in May. He decided to…

Started by Momoftwo

0 Jun 22

It started yesterday

My husband dropped off our Son at the recruiters yesterday at 2pm. Just waiting for the first call. Also wanted to put this out there. We l…

Started by Sushicat242000

9 Jun 21
Reply by Sunflower

Son leaving for Bootcamp - would love advice

Hello - I am brand new here and looking for any info/advice!  My son is leaving for MEPS on Monday for his final swear-in on Tuesday.  He w…

Started by amanda720

15 Jun 21
Reply by Lisa UT/MT Mom

Today is the day

At 10:30am I drop off my son to the recruiter!

Started by Kyles Mom

4 Jun 17
Reply by Chipmunk

pic of our Recruit

Hi! I am getting conflicting information. Is it ok to post a pic of our recruit or not?

Started by AnchoredinFaith

4 Jun 14
Reply by ShawnMom

Week 2 Boot Camp

My son left on May 30th.  I got The Quick Call I knew it was coming, thank goodness very weird 2:30 in the morning.  I called his recruiter…

Started by peekachu

11 Jun 13
Reply by belovedbyHim

Good Bye Moms, for now

Hello all (new moms, old moms, and admins), First of all I want to say thank you for this webpage and forum. It has been extremely helpful…

Started by FluffySitter (Michelle)

9 Jun 13
Reply by peekachu


I know that patience is a virtue, but I've run out of it! Our son shipped out on the 30th.. I've been waiting on his form letter, and I kno…

Started by Shoes2BeHappy

48 Jun 12
Reply by Shoes2BeHappy

He leaves in 1 week

My emotions are high this week, not only is my son leaving in 1 week we have to fly back to CA (my son can’t go) for my WWII vet grandfathe…

Started by Kyles Mom

7 Jun 11
Reply by WaterLily


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