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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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.






We Stitch Love is a program where we create pillowcases and other handmade items for our deployed military.

Our goal is to help these heroes have a little bit of ‘home’ while they are away from home. We are helping them with sweet dreams when they take a break.

A cooperative effort and one of the many things we volunteers do through Molly’s Adopt a Sailor. We send to MAS monthly adoption and to the hospitals for Special Hugs

Email any questions, information or suggestions to

Pillowcases can be sewn together or premade cases can be decorated with paint or tie dyed. There are several different ways to make a premade case special if you don’t sew. As long as there is love inserted through effort, they are stitched with love!

A standard size pillow is 20”x26”. Pillowcases should be at least 22”x28” or longer. The body of the pillowcase should have at least one side that is soft to sleep on and without seams where their head will rest. There are different ways to sew a pillowcase. Here are a couple different ways.


Always prewash fabric and premade cases to remove sizing and shrinkage. (Adding a little vinegar helps to soften the fabric and set the dyes)

Pillowcase video tutorial – I don’t use the accent strip but that is your choice

A different version is to cut the body 24”x44” and use an 8”x44” band. Sew band to body, press seam towards band top. Stitch side and bottom of body, zigzag edges so they don’t fray. Turn inside out, press and top stitch band seam. Turn down ¼” and press, fold over a 1” hem and stitch.

Neck coolers

Please add labels to your boxes when shipping               

For inexpensive plain (second quality manufacturers runs) visit for large quantities of white or colored plain pillowcases to decorate.


Be sure and post pictures of your completed pillowcases and of any sewing parties.


 We Stitch Love Facebook

 MOST important of all.....HAVE FUN.....







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For those who have said they will be shipping pillowcases for Special Hugs, if you could, can you add a few snacks to your box? We want these heroes to have a great Movie Night before they lay their heads down to rest!

Will add some snacks--think all I have are Stacie's Pita chips(you can get quite a deal on individual snack bags through Amazon.) 

Thank you Kim and Carol!!  Kim, you were right - breathe and trust God!

Did you know that when mix and matching hems to bodies of pillowcases, sometimes the same fabric is the coolest.  By that, I mean sometimes I put the hem on backside of fabric to rightside of the body of same fabric.  You know it's a color coordinate, just in a subtle hue.  Look for the darker colored fabrics to make this work the best.  Just an idea.

Kim and carol .
I posted in MA and NYPD said get in here quick :)
I have the pcs covered for the September adoption . Coasties and Navy .

Will work out what else ish all be sending .

Hope you all have a. Great Labor Day.

Really?  Already?  Like, WOW!

Carol, meet Sheryl!!  Sheryl, this is Carol...

Awesome! Way to go sheryl!!!

And, Kim, meet Sheryl!!  Sheryl, this is Kim (not to be confused when I tell you Kimmy!).  LOL

Nice to meet you Sheryl!

Wow  Sheryl, that is great! - guess that means I can save up the ones I started this weekend for Oct's adoption (assuming they let us send pc...)

OK, now that everyone's been introduced, let me tell you about Sheryl.  She is one amazing Navy Mom of 2 who really ROCKS with her PCs  <3    Massachusetts Moms would be in trouble without her for sure.

I'm glad she got in here so quickly & didn't get bumped out.  I learned how fast you all move when I asked for pcs for SH.  lol


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