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

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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Discussion Forum

life at DLI

Started by Willowwoo. Last reply by mkl7993 Dec 17, 2018. 1 Reply

Can they have a car

Started by Willowwoo. Last reply by Willowwoo Dec 17, 2018. 3 Replies

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Comment by Deequilter on December 16, 2018 at 5:08pm

When you say shut down, do you mean their classes?

Comment by mkl7993 on December 16, 2018 at 4:35pm

They shut down for Christmas...they have ways for them to get to airports.

Comment by Willowwoo on December 16, 2018 at 1:45pm

So what happens now our son is in Monterey? As it so close to Christmas will he get leave to come home or get liberty so we could flight out to see him? 

Comment by Artmom2 on September 18, 2018 at 11:28am

BlackBevy - this is former Azartmom - now Artmom2

Thanks for the info - appreciate your help.  I think to PM you I need to be listed as a friend?  Is that correct?  I did a friend request.

Thanks again! Artmom2

Comment by sambam32 on September 16, 2018 at 10:45am

Thanks everyone for the feedback on airlines and transportation out of Monterey.  Hopefully we'll get that booked this weekend before pricing goes up and/or flights become sparse.  

Counting the days....miss him terribly.

Comment by BlackBevy on September 16, 2018 at 7:03am

AZartmom- our daughter just graduated BC on 8/31.  We were able to take her off base right after PIR and she had to be back on base by 7 pm or 8pm. We brought her back “early” to a vapid the line getting back on base and hung out with her in the parking lot until we had to say good bye. Luckily her flight was at 6 am the next morning, so she was on the 1 am bus to’hare. We met her there (by the uso) at 1:30ish and got a gate pass and hung out with her till her flight!

She was able to tell us her flight infor the day she called to say i’m A sailor! If possible if you are flying, try to book a later flight. Apparently the kids from boot camp didn’t get to Monterey last week till midnight! So it can make for a long day at the airport of their flights are late!

feel free to PM me with any questions! I ask my daughter a ton of questions! Congratulations!

Comment by Artmom2 on September 16, 2018 at 3:23am

 Our son is in BC and his PIR will be October 12.  Can anyone tell me how much time he will have after PIR to hang out with us until he ships out to CTI in California??  When will he know for sure about his liberty?  We bought our airline tickets but are wondering if we should change our return time/date?

Comment by bbcregular on September 7, 2018 at 2:00pm
Sambam32 - It is ok to say Monterrey. Daughter used local airport to fly home for holidays. West coast to east coast. No drama but delayed flights as always. She took Uber to airport.
Good for staying cautious. In the beginning I would not say anything. Now my daughter has taught me. Congratulations on you CTI2B
Comment by Shelby on September 7, 2018 at 8:27am
I lived in that location for 2 years and if I could find a comparable flight I always flew into the closer location. I compared the flight costs and then if i was flying to the further spot, added in the cost of the shuttle (I think $35 each way) or a rental car. The close airport is so nice and small, you get off the plane and you're there! Also, you have to factor in the terrible traffic around the further airports.
Comment by Babs on September 7, 2018 at 8:12am

I guess it just depends on finances and time.  For me, I'd be a little overwhelmed and tired to make a drive when I got home.  Safe travels, anyway, and have a wonderful time with your Sailor!


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