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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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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Michigan Moms (and Family)


Michigan Moms (and Family)

Seeking all Michigan Moms!!!!!!!! Got a question... want to chat with others from Michigan.. Moms, then join us!!!!!

Members: 318
Latest Activity: 15 hours ago

Welcome come on in start a discussion, ask questions and answer a few too!!!!!!!

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Discussion Forum

Baseball Game/Military Appreciation

Started by Kim F. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Jul 23, 2018. 11 Replies

Parents with SR at GL

Started by Miproudnavymom. Last reply by MaeJay Mar 23, 2016. 7 Replies

Ride home from Great Lakes on December 19-20, '14?

Started by InquiringMind. Last reply by Lorraine Mar 18, 2015. 6 Replies

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 23, 2019 at 12:15pm

I guess it depends on the different MEPS offices.  When B left for BC (in 2012 out of San Diego) we went the night before, took him out to dinner, met him at MEPS in the morning, took pictures of the final swearing in and followed the bus to the airport.  Got to say one last goodbye there before he went through security.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 23, 2019 at 12:12pm

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Comment by Tracey on September 21, 2019 at 10:12pm

We arrived at 9:00 and swear in was supposed to be at 10:00, but it was around 10:30 I believe. We got to spend about 10-15 minutes with him before the swear in and the actual swear in is only like 2-3 minutes long. After that, you will need to say your final goodbyes because once they go back in they have to get their final paperwork and get ready to board the bus. You won’t be able to hug him or anything when he comes out to get on the bus, so make your goodbyes after swear in count, you only get a couple of minutes to say goodbye for that too. Watching that bus leave the parking lot will probably be the hardest for you, it was for me because it was so “final”. I will tell you this, the first week at boot camp is the worst for us moms. A lot of adjusting and very emotional. But I will also say, once you stay busy and adjust to this the time goes by quick! Letters and phone calls help so much too! I’m 2 weeks away from graduation and I didn’t think this day was ever gonna come! Lol Hang in there and ask all the questions you need too, it helped me tremendously to have this site to get me through❤️

Comment by DebMomof3 on September 21, 2019 at 9:43pm
Thanks Tracey! What was the time duration of the ceremony and boarding the bus? So glad you shared to stay! I’m sure I’ll cherish that extra time also!
Comment by Tracey on September 21, 2019 at 9:20pm

DebMomof3- My son left August 5th and we were allowed to stay for the whole thing at MEPS, but once they got on the bus to go to the airport, that’s where it ends. They will also tell you under NO circumstances are you to follow the buses to airport too. They were VERY adamant about that! A lot of parents left after the swearing in, but I recommend staying till he gets on the bus. I will cherish that one last wave and “I love you” forever❤️

Comment by DebMomof3 on September 21, 2019 at 8:47pm

When my son takes his Oath and leaves for boot camp, are parents allowed at Troy or the airport to see them off?

Comment by SubMom on September 20, 2019 at 3:44pm

I saw the Navy Dad Surprise on the News and teared right up! I agree - everyone needs to see this and every single reunion.

WaterLily - we did a sunset cruise at Pictured Rocks, Drove all over Copper Harbor, did some off roading up above the start of US41 :) and then wandered back down home. It was so much fun and very relaxing!

B'sNukeMoM - just in Lansing, Haslett and Okemos there's tons to do! Let alone the rest of the state. You might have to plan on visiting for a month :)

Comment by WaterLily on September 20, 2019 at 10:53am

SubMom, the Keeweenaw Peninsula is a magical part of Michigan!  We love it up there.  In fact, my husband and I spent part of our honeymoon up there (Copper Harbor) 23 years ago.  We really need to get back and take our daughter.  I will never forget going sea kayaking and listening to the loons and feeling the very slight vibrations in the water as a big lake storm was brewing and moving closer to shore.  Michigan has so many wonderful areas to explore.

Comment by WaterLily on September 20, 2019 at 10:48am

Awwww, such wonderful coverage of a Navy dad greeting his kids at their schools.  Tears of joy!  These stories really need to keep circulating....for all Americans to see the commitment and sacrifice all military families make.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 20, 2019 at 10:18am

Here's a feel good story for your Friday:

Navy Dad surprises kids


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