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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Navy Speak

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Corpsman Moms

Lots of Corpsman moms around!  Share your experiences here, your wisdom and your support of one another!  All are welcome!  HM 'A' School moms/dads/loved ones, please also join us at

Current admins Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom and TexasDocMom

Location: All over this world!
Members: 1054
Latest Activity: Nov 12


Please check out the information at the links below the photos.

HM 'A' School moms/dads/loved ones!  Please also join in at

Anderson Hall is in San Antonio, on the campus of Fort Sam Houston...the place where future corpsmen learn their trade. "Doc" Anderson served with the Marine 1/6. (He also went to Basic and to FMTB with my son. TDM)

Fleet Marine Force (top) and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification pinsShipboard corpsmen working underway 

Click on links (in bold and underlined)

The HM Rating - the only enlisted medical corps in the Navy

PLEASE REVIEW these Operational Security guidelines:  OPSEC and an easy to remember version


HM (Hospital Corps) A School in San Antonio - If your sailor is headed to or is currently at A School, this group is the best place for you to ask questions and get info right now.  Medical Education & Training Campus, San Antonio, Texas (METC) is the "go to" non-N4M official site for information on Hospital Corps A school in San Antonio.

Moms with Kids in Iraq/Afghanistan  If your corpsman is deploying to the "sandbox," please join us, you'll find folks with open arms, lots of support and the same fears and questions you have.

FIELD MEDICAL TRAINING BATTALION (FMTB) is an eight-week course in advanced medical training, small arms training, and the Marine Corps way of life.  Official sites:

FMTB-WEST Camp Pendleton, CA

FMTB-West on Facebook

FMTB - EAST Camp Johnson at Camp Lejeune, NC.  Links include a Life at FMTB slideshow, study manual, lots more, click here for what to bring, car and mail info, etc. 

FMTB-East on Facebook has photos, info about upcoming graduations.

NavyforMoms FMTB groups:  Camp Lejeune Moms and Camp Pendleton Corpsmen

FMF qualifications and FMF: Sailors earn respect

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Virginia) and NMC/San Diego 

Navy Individual Augmentee (aka "IA") and "Navy IA" iPhone app

Fleet and Family Support Program Facebook Page
Absentee Voting Assistance
Defense Center of Excellence For Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury  Help for TBI and PTSD for active military, vets and their families.

Real Warriors  This site has phone apps, emergency numbers, 24 hour hot lines to help a vet or a family struggling with PTSD, TBI and other issues when they return home from deployment. If this site doesn't have the link you need for your Veteran, there isn't a website for it. Amazing.

Navy Reserve FAQs  Got questions about the Reserves/your reservist? here's the spot!


METC Facebook Has photos!

Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program  Facebook page. Graduation dates, photos of each class.

Facebook Support for OPSEC A good page to share with your sailor and to keep up with yourself concerning online and social media OPSEC. 

Dogs on Deployment One-Stop Resource page for military members to turn to for advice and direction to all pet-related needs. They also are looking for fosters.

NAVY NEWS: (official Navy site); and Navy Times - weekly newspaper published by Gannett, subscription $55/yr.

Navy facilities in the U.S. - interactive map.  Clicking on the name takes you to the website for that location.  There is also a link to a list of ship homeports.

Search U.S. Navy social media sites here:

Graphic novel "The Docs" for deploying corpsmen

CARE PACKAGES:   USPS # - 800-610-8734, say "Order supplies" and then ask for the Military Pack.  They'll send you six priority-mail large boxes for military, tape, and labels, all for free.  You can order cases of 10 and 25 online sent for free, too; choose quantity under "select format" at right on that page.  Send up to 70 lbs for $13.45.  Questions and inspiration:  Care Package Ideas

TO ANY MOM WHOSE CORPSMAN IS DEPLOYING TO A WAR ZONE - look above and find the link to "Moms with Kids in Iraq/Afghanistan"...go read, go lurk, post when you're ready.   We know your fear, your thoughts and tears and joy and laughter.

RETURNING WARRIOR WORKSHOPS - For sailors returning from mobilization or Individual Augmentees from deployment, here is information and the 2013 schedule of workshops around the country:  RWW 2013

Discussion Forum

Don't miss graduation from Great Lakes!

Started by MelonieM. Last reply by CorpsmanMom Jul 15, 2018. 1 Reply

FMF camp lejuene

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Best duty stations for FMF Corpsmen

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Comment by IDCmom#1 on June 21, 2019 at 12:49pm

AmyBeth1991, your son wasn’t late to apply for IDC school; he’s too early.  I believe he has to be in 4-5 years before he is eligible  and E4 for Surface IDC and E5 for Sub IDC.   Lowering rank to E4 eligibility happened a couple of years ago, I think.   

The school is 12 months long and so intensive that many students opt to not have family members accompany them.   My son and ex daughter-in-law were in classes six weeks apart so we had our granddaughter while they were in school.  I took her out to visit them half way through.  It was a long and hard year for them.  

Comment by mikes mom on June 21, 2019 at 10:37am

Your right TDM ... Ladies you will make friends for life ... You'll bond with people you may never meet but yet call your bestfriend  ... 

Up to last Tuesday I had been a military mom for over 18 years ... My three children all decided to join (two Navy one Army) ... 

My son was with the 2/2 as well for 5 years ... He joined in 2008 ... if it wasnt for this group and one other and the moms (and a dad) that I met I would have gone crazy for sure ... 

Most of you your journey has just begun ... Enjoy and know these groups are amazing and I'm sure just like myself you will make friends for life ....

Comment by TexasDocMom on June 21, 2019 at 9:40am

Hello! As an admin on this page for longer than I can even believe, I am delighted to see it active again! My son has left the Navy, after 7 years in. He served from basic with the Marine 2/2 out of Camp Lajuene, earned his FMF qualification in 2008 when he was deployed with the 2/2 to Iraq. He, due to his procrastination, bumbled his reenlistment to go to Afghanistan with the 2/2 (which did not make me unhappy, I have to say), then was put in charge of the Methadone Clinic at Camp Lajuene....a real eyeopener for him, and heartbreaking to hear those stories from him about our young troops fighting the battles of addiction after injuries in combat.  He ended up at Camp Bullis in San Antonio, teaching combat medical techniques, only 80 miles from home here in Austin.  And thankfully, he fell in love, decided to leave the military in 2012, entered UTSA and got his degree in business. Very active in young vet groups, UTSA vet groups, etc. He was offered a job by another vet with his same degree at Pulte Homes, worked as a purchasing agent there until offered a great job at another homebuilder. During all this, he and his girlfriend split up (I don't care, I will send her Christmas cards forever for being the basis for that decision to leave the military!) and has since met the love of his life. We'll be having a wedding in August! It'll be in Tennessee, so her NY family and my son's friends from all over the country will be able to attend. I am looking forward to meeting more of his vet friends, I've heard great stories about them (but not many about what they actually did while on deployments) .

I've only met a couple, including a young Marine who came to stay here on his R&R after being injured in that deployment to Afghanistan. My son called to say he was coming in with a friend, and they'd be doing a lot of laying around Barton Springs and talking . His CO had okayed him taking that time to make sure his Marine buddy was adjusting okay. One of those instances when you realize your child has abilities and experience that you never saw coming. Ma Navy was in charge and it's something we have to always remember. 

You're in for the ride of your life, and you will make friends on this board and others who will hang with you forever. There's a crew of us "Navy Moms" that are still close, visit daily on FB and in person as we can. Some still have kids in, some do not. Like our kids, we made bonds during their enlistments with people that gave us support at some of the worst moments in our lives. We have a Gold Star Mom. God Bless her, she just loves hearing what our kids are doing and how they are. 

I'm semi retired, a Navy brat with a dad 30 years in, born on a NAS in Newfoundland, raised in a Navy town. My brother was a Marine. My son thought he'd 'fool" me by enlisting in the Navy, not the Marines, and then volunteering to serve with a Marine battalion. He walked that line of Navy/Marine for most of his military career, considers himself more Marine than Navy, I think. 

If this board is going to be active with you "new" Moms....perhaps one would want to become an admin. We tried to do that a while back, but never heard back from N4M admin themselves. So I haven't let it go, because I did not want the board to close. I also admin a group for Moms with kids in War Zones, thankful that one is very quiet now. Hope it stays that way. 

Let me know if any one wants to be an "admin" and I'll try to get through to them again!

Comment by AmyBeth1991 on June 21, 2019 at 7:17am
@Tammy_Girl, you're welcome. We are all in the same "boat", to turn a phrase, and anything I can find, I am happy to share.
@IDCmom#1, I will let him know. He had intended to go IDC, but got some bad info at school, and didn't request it until it was too late. He hopes to go to the school after his first tour. (At least, that was his plan before he went on this deployment, who knows what he'll think afterward.) Pendleton was one of our favorite duty stations, and our first two children, including the sailor, were born there.
Casey04lynn, keep your chin up. Japan is a long flight, but well worth the experience. Just get trip insurance.
Comment by casey04lynn on June 21, 2019 at 5:37am

B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Thanks for the info, I joined that group :)

Tammy_Girl I’m not sure if we’ll go visit. My husband wants to go for good sushi. I’m a little uneasy about flying that far. Also, will really depend on his leave & training. From what I understand it’s hard to plan around their training.

AmyBeth1991 Thank you so much for all that information! I will look in to it & surely reach back out if I need help. He’s the young one on the ship too, while he’s in dental, he still primarily does medical since he’s on a smaller ship with not many Corpsmen. He called last night, they got in to port on Tuesday & they head back out to sea for another few weeks till their next port. Not sure when I’ll hear from him again, but so relieving to finally talk to him.

Comment by IDCmom#1 on June 20, 2019 at 10:39pm

Amybeth1991, assuming your son is on the Comfort.  About 8 years ago, my son was deploying with the Comfort but ended up with an injury that required a PICC line and cancelled orders. Prior to Injury, I got to tour the ship.  I was amazed.  It truly is a floating hospital.  I was not so impressed by our sailors’ bunks.  I would be claustrophobic. I know, despite some really interesting deployments, he still wishes he had made the cruise.  Hope your sailor gets out of galley soon and gets to do OJT.   

If he takes advice from you (seems like lots of our kids don’t, my son included), please tell him an IDC mom highly recommends he try to shadow an IDC.  Most of them really enjoy mentoring “baby” docs.  

My son was assigned to Camp Pendleton after completing IDC school.  I spent time there taking care of my granddaughter  while he was at FMTB and ex wife was deployed.  Very impressed.  I’m an Air Force Brat and DAC wife/employee so have spent many years on bases/posts CONUS and OCONUS but Camp P was first Marine base experience.  

Comment by Tammy_Girl on June 20, 2019 at 9:26pm

AmyBeth1991, though my son. is not on a ship, I found your post very informative.  Thank you.  Awhile back I got on Twitter just to follow The Navy - and I will admit it's been very informative and some things I learn I pass on to my sailor in San Diego. 

Comment by AmyBeth1991 on June 20, 2019 at 8:06pm

@Casey04lynn, I can only imagine your struggles. My son left from port for his first deployment on a hospital ship not long ago, and that's plenty of stress. Add that your son left from Japan, and I know you're stressed. The time difference doesn't help. 

My son, like a lot of the lower ranked corpsmen is "cranking in the kitchen" (working in the galley) during the first part of this deployment. But because he's (at least for now) in the same time zone, and a whole lot closer than Japan, we've heard from him when they were close enough to get cell signal. I know it feels like a long time, and three months is a bear.  One of the things my Marine told me, and I tell families, is "no news really is good news".  After some initial frustration, I was able to make contact with the Ombudsman for my son's ship, and joined a Facebook Group for that ship's families. (Had to jump through some hoops to join the private group, which took a lot longer than it should have, but it's done, now.)  Your son can authorize the Ombudsman to have contact with you, and send newsletters and information.  (The Ombudsman is a spouse of someone on the ship, and operates according to Navy regulations.)  After several days of searching my son's ship name every day, I found several pictures on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS).  These are photos and videos that are produced by military public affairs and mass communication specialists, and shared with the public. You can create an account and then subscribe to anything with his ship's name in it.  I will get texts if new information goes up.  You can find this at and create your account as a miltary family member.  It isn't the same as contact, but at least you can see something about the ship, which may provide some sense of comfort.  If, for example, your son went out with the USS Reagan, you could search the ship and subscribe to that specific ship, and anything that popped up would be something you can see. Also, if he's a Corpsman out with a Marine unit, there is someone in Family Readiness (probably a Deployment Readiness Coordinator) who can also include you in information with authorization from the sailor.  If that's your situation, and you can't track down the right person, let me know.  I should be able to help locate a point of contact for you. 

Hope this helps. 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 20, 2019 at 7:07pm

casey04lynn - there is a good Japan moms group on here.  Here's the link for you to join:

Japan moms

Comment by Tammy_Girl on June 20, 2019 at 6:59pm

casey04lynn, wow.  Stationed in Japan.  Would you go see him in Japan?


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