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.)

N4M Merchandise

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



Molly's Adopt A Sailor


Molly's Adopt A Sailor

We adopt a group of DEPLOYED U.S. MILITARY each month and together send a flood of letters and packages - how much you do is up to you!  All of us (Military moms, family and friends) aim for a big boost in morale when our adoptees receive an AWESOME mass mailing of love and support from home. 

For more information email us at

We support all branches - Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard. 

Molly’s Adopt A Sailor on Facebook

Location: Everywhere!
Members: 692
Latest Activity: 13 minutes ago

Supporting our military by way of cards, letters and care packages filled with love & support from HOME

This group is the perfect place to learn all the tips and tricks of packing and mailing care packages and most important, to make a difference for those serving.  PLEASE do introduce yourself in the Comments below!!

Click "NEW MOMS READ FIRST!" here or at right under Pages.  Everything you need to know!  Email with any questions.  

Where is the monthly Adoptee Mailing Address?

To access the adoptees' mailing addresses, you first need to join this private group:  MAS We SHIP Love. Once approved, you can always click here for this month's ADOPTEE MAILING ADDRESS (We Ship Love)

Where is the information about this month's adopted unit or ship?

We provide information about each month's Adoptees and their Wish List in the Discussion Forum below.  For the mailing address, see link above:  Adoptee Mailing Address.

What are Packing Parties?

Ask if one is planned in your area, or hold your own with friends and family!  By carefully following a few simple rules and completing our forms, your group's shipping costs to that month's Adoptees will be paid by MAS (must be a group; individuals don't qualify).  To request information, send email to  MAS can also provide you a letter with Federal Tax ID for requesting donations. There is some info. just to the right of this text-underneath the members photo's.. "Packing Party Information" ..Check it out.

What is the most critical or best thing you can send?  Your SUPPORT!

What counts here is the morale of our military and how we can boost it with a touch of love from home.  We have a great time here each month sharing, chatting, planning, packing and mailing our appreciation to our deployed. 

Will you get a 'thank you' from the deployed military who receive your package?

We hope you do but can't guarantee it as they are engaged in their vital work and often in harm's way.  Include your email address in your note (best bet) or add a self addressed envelope (no need for a stamp on it) and paper and pen, and ask if a note is possible in your letter.  Replies and photos from our adoptee Point of Contact (POC) will be posted here and on our MAS Facebook page as they come in.

BOXES: Get APO/FPO large priority-mail boxes at your post office, OR call the 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 size under "select format" at right on that page.  Send up to 70 lbs per box (that's 7.7 bricks!) at a discount of $2 below the regular rate. 

Click here for your MAS (Molly's Adopt a Sailor) stickers.  Please print and add these stickers to your boxes - we get new adoption requests when these are seen on dozens of boxes in the mail! 

Questions?  Please contact "PAT L in IL" at  Pat is a wonderful source of information.  She can explain to you how MAS works and get you started.  We have a TON of fun here in our group every month, so jump in and get ready to rock with MAS!!

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Molly's Adopt A Sailor to add comments!

Comment by carols_kitchen on July 13, 2018 at 8:49am

Hi PhoenixMom, welcome to our page. Frozen meals, while a delightful idea, can not be shipped to where your sailor is working. Mail rooms are difficult to get to, and boxes may sit for days before they can get them. Due to your son’s busy schedule, and the hours the mailroom is open, even if he rented a mail box off site, it would be ruined. 

Pour son, on a different base, would sometimes be on duty for days at a time. 

You will need to wait until one of you gets to visit the other. 

Now, I’m curious to know what your special food would be. Nothing like a home cooked meal! When we would fly in to see our son at his rental home, we learned to stop at the grocery store on the way from the airport, and load up on basics. As soon as we called and told him we were an hour from his place, he and his room mates must have put out calls to come over and eat! 


Comment by Phoenixmom on July 12, 2018 at 10:49pm
Hi Ladies, I have a question. My Son is in SD Coronado Island. I've been wanting to ship frozen home cook meals frozen of course but don't know how to pack, and what would I say when shipping? Any help or advice would help me out immensley. Thank you,
Comment by AZNavyMom00 on July 5, 2018 at 10:23am

Thanks Carol for the warm welcome. My son left for BC on 6/26 and while waiting for his “I’m here phone call” I found this site. So glad to find this page, for this nervous but proud momma.

Comment by carols_kitchen on June 30, 2018 at 11:48am

Welcome AZMom00

we love new interaction on this page.

Tell us about you and your sailor.

We are celebrating our 9th birthday here. You can also follow us on our Facebook page, Molly’s Adopt a Sailor.  If you can sew or tie dye pillowcases, it’s a sub group on this page, and on Facebook at Molly’s Adopt a Sailor ~ We Stitch Love. 

Carol. Submarine Mom since 2008. 

Comment by LauraJ on June 29, 2018 at 12:33am

6 boxes are on their way!

Comment by carols_kitchen on May 28, 2018 at 5:22pm

Welcome storymom. We are glad to have you with us. Tell us a little about you and your sailor. 

We also have two pages on Facebook for our mission. Look for Molly’s Adopt a Sailor and for Molly’s Adopt a Sailor ~ We Stitch Love for our pillowcase creators 

Ask us any questions you may have 


Comment by carols_kitchen on April 13, 2018 at 7:21am

Welcome maristar2. Share with us your news about your sailor. 


Comment by Ruth, Gun's Mom on March 28, 2018 at 9:36am
Available for Pickup
March 22, 2018 at 8:44 am
Arrived at Military Post Office
APO, AE 09316

One package made it, another got returned to me and I re-shipped it yesterday, the third is still in transit.
This is a message from a Navy chief reservist that was deployed with my son nine years ago.
Comment by Pat L. in IL on March 21, 2018 at 7:22pm

tysmom, Sometimes we receive a thank you email and I always pass it along!

Comment by tysmom on March 21, 2018 at 5:57pm

120 cards for the sailors to send to loved ones on their way. I could fit 3 small pkgs of jelly bellies and a pkg of ink pens.We included Mothers Day cards.

I am sure glad I have a friend to help me. Question: Do we ever know if the boxes arrive and when they arrive?


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