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.

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.

Format Downloads:

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

Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress. Para Familias

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



Moms of Daughters 2


Moms of Daughters 2

A place to come to for support, guidance, to ask questions and share stories. We are all proud of our Navy Daughters.

Members: 1290
Latest Activity: 15 hours ago

OPSEC & Internet Safety (Think Before You Post!)

Discussion Forum

Soon to arrive @ A school

Started by Bigfamilysimplejoy. Last reply by Mom of a sailor (Deanna) Sep 12. 4 Replies

So, I have a question that hopefully one of you could help with. My daughter graduated last friday(9/6), and she has to wait till the end of this week before she leaves Great Lakes for Virginia to go to her A school. I know I can send her phone to…Continue

BC August 21

Started by navymom_2011. Last reply by Bigfamilysimplejoy Sep 9. 3 Replies

Hello everyone, anyone else has a daughter that left on the 21st? My daughter was supposed to leave on the 20th but they overbooked and she flew out the next day. I received my call Wednesday night and boy oh boy was it though. Now I I’m waiting for…Continue


Started by Pat Aug 19. 0 Replies

What are AC BOARDS for Power School? Is it like COMPS?

Support and Opinions Medical

Started by potterycat. Last reply by Anna Aug 19. 3 Replies

I need support and opinions.  My daughter is due to leave for BC in a couple months.  She is having some issue with her intestine and has hemorrhoids and a fissure.  It's been going on for a couple months now and the dr's perscribed treatment for…Continue

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Moms of Daughters 2 to add comments!

Comment by Blondie on September 11, 2019 at 11:40am

No Kid-in-a-box?!!!  I guess good and bad but I should did like holding and wearing her clothes......

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 11, 2019 at 10:59am

See the source image

Comment by Oleander on September 6, 2019 at 8:22am

No more kid in a box!!! Wow - that was so much a part of the boot camp experience for me. I guess mailmen/women will be happy to know they'll no longer be assaulted by new navy mom's desperately waiting for their child's belongings! lol Must say, I did love holding her backpack in my arms knowing it was the last thing that hugged her!

Comment by Molly's Proud Mom on September 5, 2019 at 11:01pm

WHOA! Anna, thanks for the update! That's a big change. It's almost like a rite of passage for moms is disappearing. :/

Comment by Anna on September 5, 2019 at 8:18pm

So not sure if any of you heard this news from RTC but new recruits will no longer ship home their clothes and whatever they took along when reporting to boot camp.  The boxes will now be held in storage and given back to the recruits at graduation.  So we need to inform any new moms of this change and make sure new recruits plan to take their phone chargers so they can charge up their phones when they get their box back!!!!  Now unless there is some rule made that they can't bring along their phones and chargers since they will all be stored in boxes for 2 months, I'm making the assumption that this would be acceptable.  Will keep everyone posted if I learn something new!!!!

Comment by Molly's Proud Mom on September 3, 2019 at 10:21pm

Hi all...chiming in with my hair opinion. LOL Molly refused to cut her hair when she went to BC. It was halfway down her back. I thought she'd change her mind, especially with the not so luxurious products they're provided with. :) She kept it in the regulation bun all through, and still has it long. But she had a constant rash on her neck from the tight bun as it chafed her skin. It wasn't fun, but she saw the haircuts the girls were getting, she refused. They were mocked mercilessly by the COs. 

Comment by Anna on September 3, 2019 at 12:07pm


Yes, she can keep her hair long.  When I went to boot camp 100 years ago I had long hair and was prepared to get it cut. But on day one I got yelled at for having my hair down (didn't even have any uniform yet) but they showed me how to wear it up and I did so my whole time at boot camp.  I will mention just for fun, the base where I attended boot camp doesn't even exist anymore!!!!!  What I suggest for her is to find a female maybe in her recruiting office or at meps, and have them show her how to do the modern day bun.  Then on the day she leaves, put her hair up so she's in regulation beginning day one.  

Comment by Smidgee on September 3, 2019 at 10:31am
Our daughter went to boot camp February 2017. Her hair was also super long but she chose to get it trimmed to the middle of her back before she left for fear of the navy barbers. She learned very quickly to make the regulation bun and never had any problems. She was at Great Lakes for over a year with her training. She still keeps it long and it’s back down to her butt! :)
Comment by JayDee659 on September 3, 2019 at 10:20am

dmj, welcome!  My daughter had hair that she could sit on and she decided to have it cut before boot camp.  She was scheduled to be in GL during the winter and the stories she was hearing from other females was that they showered in the evening and their hair was still wet in the morning.  In cold weather their hair would freeze and my girl was not about to have frozen hair.  She has since grown it back out.  The Navy now allows them to wear a pony tail in the fleet, but it cannot touch their shoulders.  

I agree with Oleander, if she wants to get it cut, do it at home, right before she leaves.  Navy barbers are not great.  My daughter suggests a blunt cut right above chin line (so it doesn't get too long during BC and need to be cut by the Navy).  Blunt will grow out easier than pixie cut layers.

Comment by Oleander on September 3, 2019 at 10:06am

Hi dmj, welcome!

My daughter was one of the 1st females in a pilot program that allowed recruits to keep their hair long, that was 2015 and her hair is still long today. There are requirements for the size of a regulation bun. You might want to check before she goes to basic and have a few inches cut off, that way she won't be at the mercy of the barbers and will be in compliance day 1!


Members (1291)


© 2019   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service