This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.

FIRST TIME HERE?

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET STARTED:

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. 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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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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Navy.com Para Familias

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

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DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January

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DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for Boot Camp in January. I will leave the year open so that any future DEPpers leaving in the month of January of any year can join.Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions!

Website: http://www.navyformoms.com/group/deppersinbutnotyet
Members: 635
Latest Activity: yesterday

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPPERS leaving in the month of January (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

If you have January ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in January, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...
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Things to do in the last month before your future sailor leaves (Click on the link.)

Once your recruit has arrived at RTC, the next stop here is to join the group Boot Camp for Moms (and loved ones)  Hangout and ask questions in this group until your form letter arrives.

***New news just out today (9/25/19) from the US Navy Recruit Training Command FaceBook page:
Attention families and friends of RTC: Previously, upon arrival to boot camp, recruits would box up their civilian belongings and ship it to their choice of destination. Our new procedure now has those boxes being stored locally and will be returned to the recruits the day before graduation. The new procedure went into effect this week beginning with Div. 409 in Training Group 52.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the Security Access Form. The Security Access form needs to be completed and sent back to your recruit ASAP. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), Things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets.

After you have received the form letter, join the group for your recruits PIR. There you can ask questions about PIR, training, hotels etc.Those groups will be posted in the Boot Camp for Mom's group.


Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

***It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

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Comment by Aircrewmom yesterday
Hello! New to the site. My son arrived at RTC 1/22 I got the “I’m here” phonecall from him at 10:56pm est. He sounded good but it was a super quick phonecall. I’ve been missing him like crazy. So glad I found this site. It’s comforting to know other moms are going through the same thing.
Comment by PROUDNAVYMOM9501 on January 22, 2020 at 7:45pm
My son will ship out 1/23. I will see him in the morning @ his Final Swearing In but after that, it’s off to Bootcamp & the Journey Begins.
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on January 22, 2020 at 6:07pm

Be sure to sign up for USPS Informed Delivery

USPS Informed Delivery - Sign up and receive an email from the US Postal Service showing what mail you will be getting each day (if available in your area). 

Here's the link: 

Informed Delivery®

Comment by Njoy114 on January 22, 2020 at 5:25pm

My son left last week. I have not received a letter yet either.

Comment by juliejn on January 22, 2020 at 5:13pm

My son left on the 7th and I still haven't gotten the letter. I think it's our mail system. I tracked a package after Christmas, that went from our Capital to a little town close to us, to our town, back to the Capital and then to me. I'm hoping that isn't the case with each letter from him

Comment by Mominator on January 22, 2020 at 3:37pm

sasseyd2 - my son left the same day.  We got the form letter yesterday.  You should get your any day now!

Comment by sasseyd2 on January 21, 2020 at 1:52pm

Missing my son like crazy, he left on 1/8/2020, I got the call and awaiting the letter, I just want to hear his voice to know he is ok.  I cant believe I just cried when I watch the graduation video.  

Comment by Njoy114 on January 17, 2020 at 9:41pm

Thanks for the advice. So far I received the "I made it here safely" call. Now waiting for a letter begins.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on January 14, 2020 at 2:06pm

Njoy114 and HeelerMomma - be sure to join the boot camp group.  I left the link in the welcome message on your page.  You'll find lots of good info and support there!  And in about 9-14 business days you'll receive the official form letter with the PIR date.  Then you will be able to join your PIR group.  Remember, no news is good news!  And keep your phone handy and answer all calls!!!!!

Comment by Njoy114 on January 14, 2020 at 2:02pm

Hello, everyone, I have one 1day before my son leaves and it is very bittersweet but I am beyond proud of him for making the decision to serve.  Not sure what to expect but hope that I will learn from this group.#proudnavymom

 

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