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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 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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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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Care Package Ideas!

Themes, recipes, all kinds of ideas plus mailing tips and tricks.  It's fun to have them here in one place, so come get ideas and share yours!  

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Carla:  I am a moderator for Navy moms on Yahoo, but also through the years have done troop support for all branches. I also have started and maintained hometown troop support, and send from our little community in Spirit Lake, Idaho - that has been very very cool. So, if you have ideas you want to share, bring it on and read and enjoy and use!  My email is crlstrt5@msn.com if you have any questions or comments.  Feel free to share these in other groups or with friends.

Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom I'm co-admin and been sending care packages since 2008!  The best method is using the flat-rate priority boxes from USPS.  There's a two-dollar discount when sending to an APO/FPO address and you can send up to 70 lbs - that's 7.7 bricks!  You can order a free carton of 10 or 25 of the large-size boxes to be delivered to you at USPS APO/FPO flat-rate boxes; or call them at 800-610-8734 and request the "military pack" of six assorted boxes, customs forms, tape and address labels.  It can take two weeks or more for mail to arrive, and much longer if your sailor is deployed.  

Tips:  To save space, remove things from original packaging and put them in Ziplock bags.  Don't pack fragrant items such as soap or fabric softener sheets with food as the odors get absorbed.  Use clear tape or USPS priority tape to seal.  Put a copy of the address IN the box.  Storage space is limited so send accordingly.  Notes from friends, children, anyone saying Thank You for serving on deployment are passed around and treasured.    Per a Navy survey on Facebook, the top two items that Sailors ask for are cookies and beef jerky.  Send enough to share!  More info at USPS military mail FAQ.

For your sailor, two great checklists for deployment planning are the Single Sailor Deployment Readiness Checklist and Pre-Deployment Checklist for Family Members, prepared by JAG.

Just how does your care package reach the ship?  Watch!  Video: Underway replenishment

And if you've got the bug and would like to do more, please consider joining "Molly's Adopt a Sailor" (MAS) here on Navyformoms.com.  Every month they adopt a deployed ship or unit and send the service members themed packages.  It's a super-fun and friendly group and you'll make great friends while sending much-needed and appreciated love and support from home.  I learned how to send care packages by joining the MAS group before my corpsman was first deployed!

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Care Package theme ideas

Started by AngiePNMx2. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Mar 8, 2017. 16 Replies

How much is too much?

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Comment by Lydia Bautista on November 4, 2019 at 12:17am
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Comment by Bandmom on September 3, 2019 at 11:03am

NavyProudInWashington,  I use popcorn for packing material.  It works great to put the sealed cookies into the popcorn.  I sent some of his favorite popcorn salt.  sealed it and they loved the Popcorn!

Comment by NavyProudInWashington on August 31, 2019 at 10:47pm

When sending packages use wrapped hard candy as filler - Ross says that it's great to share and less waste to deal with.

When sending homemade treats, I use my seal a meal and make 2-3 packages of a dozen for sharing and several packages of one or two for Ross to put aside for later.

Comment by Brittney on July 17, 2019 at 8:12am

Hey lovely ladies! I wanted to pass on something I discovered while preparing for my son's PIR and I found it really neat! It's a company that specializes in mini or trial sized items, but the super cool thing is, they have Military premade care packages, little kits for hygiene to snacks, drinks to otc meds and everything inbetween, you should check it out! It's called Minimus.biz the shipping was pretty quick too!

Comment by Bandmom on April 24, 2019 at 9:10am

Hello Natasha

Comment by Natasha on April 23, 2019 at 9:19pm
Hi!
Comment by Bandmom on April 3, 2019 at 10:59am

I just sent a case of Girl Scout Cookies!

Comment by Bandmom on January 16, 2019 at 12:21pm

I know that Great Lakes, Norfolk, and San Diego have McDonalds.  I think that most of them do.  Which base is your son on?  What is he going to school for?

Comment by NAVYMOMK on January 16, 2019 at 11:44am

BandMom--- All bases have a McDonalds???  He told me there was a Panda Express which he also likes so I can send cards for that as well

Comment by Bandmom on January 16, 2019 at 10:13am

NAVYMOMK, did you know that there is also a McDonalds on base?  Those cards are appreciated as well.  I know my sailor went for the coffee drinks.  LOL

 

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