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 full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy 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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




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: 1061
Latest Activity: on Monday


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

Started by nikki. Last reply by CorpsmanMom Jul 15, 2018. 2 Replies

Best duty stations for FMF Corpsmen

Started by sockmonkey Jan 20, 2018. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Tammy_Girl on November 19, 2020 at 8:11pm

Thanks Marilyn for responding.  I did file a complaint with USPS, but unsure if I will get any payment of a claim as it said it was tendered to a military facility.  In speaking with the post office in San Diego, all military mail goes to a warehouse and it gets sorted there.  I feel like that is where the priority letter is lost.  My son has always gotten a package, this was a letter.  I would only be out $25 for a gift card.

Comment by IDCmom#1 on November 19, 2020 at 6:56pm

Tammy Mom ,

I haven’t been “here” in so long, I don’t remember how to navigate the forum.  

I mailed a small package to my son at Camp Lejeune and mail clerk denied ever seeing it.  A couple weeks later it turned up.  

After that, he set up a mailbox at mail store (maybe one of the little UPS stores?) to avoid that problem.  Since his TAD is just about over, I didn’t bother to mail anything more.  

I would advise my son to file a formal complaint if monetary value was involved.  

Marilyn in Pensacola

Comment by Katymom5 on August 30, 2020 at 7:28pm

Hi my daughter is wanting to be a corpsman and she has questions.  He will graduate this May from HS with 2 years of college credits.  Someone told her that the Navy will pay for her to finish college before she joins.  Is this true, anyone know how to go about it?  I know she can do it with ROTC but I guess just looking for some more info 

Comment by partyofseven on June 7, 2020 at 12:12pm

Good Morning jillybean,

That is awesome. It's been a while since I've seen mine. Here's hoping I get to see him over the summer. I would have done the same thing. Hope you are doing well during all of this. It's good to see you on here. Blessings.

Comment by jillybean on June 7, 2020 at 11:12am

Mid-May, I had the blessing of seeing my sailor for about an hour as his flights connected through the San Francisco Airport.  I was able to get a gate pass to meet him at the arrival gate and walk with him to the departing gate. It was only about an hour, but totally worth it (4 hour round trip drive). He is stationed on a ship that is based way way (way) out in the Pacific.  And he says he already has crazy stories to tell and is dong well. 

Comment by Tammy_Girl on May 22, 2020 at 5:34pm

partyofseven, sorry I'm late in responding.  Our sailor is doing great.  He is still stationed at Naval Medical Center.  What was sad for us is the missed trip to see him during this pandemic.  We were suppose to fly there last month to visit him.  He is hoping to get leave around 4th of July to come home.  I'm worried about that because the close proximity to other passengers.  But for now the military has a ban on travel. 

Comment by partyofseven on May 13, 2020 at 2:58pm

 Hi Ladies,

How has everyone been doing? How are your Sailor's? Mine is still in Florida. Please be safe out there as states start opening up.

Comment by jillybean on March 7, 2020 at 10:12pm

Hi Nicole, my son graduated on a Friday in January. He filled out the guest clearance info over the phone and had to give them to us in person. He had to meet us at the gate. They got their itinerary for graduation day only a few days prior. The Ceremony itself was only 30 minutes. He shipped out the next day for "C" school we got to take him to the airport.

Comment by Nicole on February 29, 2020 at 12:32pm
I keep getting mixed answers about the actual date...I thought it was April 20th his buddy said the 23rd, I thought it was only on Mondays that they graduated
Comment by Tammy_Girl on February 28, 2020 at 8:38pm

Nicole, my son graduated A School last April in San Antonio.  My son was the first class too at the start of 2019.  He would call us on the weekends and spent his free time studying and going to the gym.  Congrats to your son!!


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