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.

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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.

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Discussion Forum

How do I navigate this site?

Started by Karilyn1962. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Apr 17. 3 Replies

I'm new here. Thank you for the warm welcome!How do I reply back to someone who comments on my profile/wall/what-do-you-call-it? When I click on reply it doesn't seem to do anything, so I just started a new message. I'm usually pretty tech savvy,…Continue

Update on my recruit

Started by Chihuahualove3. Last reply by Chihuahualove3 Apr 2. 8 Replies

Update on my girl. They made decision for her today to separate as both feet are now impacted. They are giving her an RE code and told her the US Navy needs recruits like her. They asked her to come back in 6 months. She told me she will jump…Continue

Looking for advice

Started by Chihuahualove3. Last reply by Anna Apr 1. 24 Replies

Hello all,As most of you are aware ,my daughter had a setback and did not pass her final PFA run. Today she called me to explain what happened that day. Apparently another recruit collapsed during the final run and passed away. She is all…Continue

Final PFA setback

Started by Chihuahualove3. Last reply by Prplrose Mar 11. 9 Replies

Hello all,Just got the call about my recruit not passing final PFA run. Pushed back PIR date to 03/29/19. I have been crying all afternoon. I just miss her so much. I just want to see her. It’s just so difficult. We both knew the run was going to be…Continue

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Comment by bbcregular on February 16, 2019 at 4:26pm

Wonderful news. Daughter coming from SK for 4 weeks. It was agreed that she needed an emergency leave and the Navy approved the request in 36 hours. Her Chief and others are really understanding of her situation. Now she gets to experience how us old parents do retirement in a motorhome. We have two rallies coming up while she is here so that can keep her busy and keep her mind off the trauma of the abuse that is leading to the divorce. Florida temps will be in the 80’s next week so we can relax at the pool and do lots of bike riding and walking. Most importantly is when she needs to talk and cry I can hold her. That has been the most difficult, knowing I am 8000 miles away when she needs her moms hugs and love. Thanks for all the prayers. 

Comment by TxMom on February 12, 2019 at 2:02pm

So true, my daughter is now in Hawaii on a destroyer but when I think back to BC it was so hard - I still tear up just thinking about it.  Of course she was fine but I was a mess.  She actually did go off to college frist thengame home a year later saying she was going into the Navy.  We were so surprised but YES it is nothing like going off to college.  During those days we talked to her often and saw her a lot but BC was isolation on our part.  Of course she was cared for and after BC while in A School she did say BC was not that bad once completed.

Even now with her in Hawaii we get to talk to her often but I someone said the hubby just feels like she is so far away and all these years it was his job to protect her he feels like he can't while at the same time proud of her and how she has grown.  It does get easier and the emotions go all over the place sometimes but proud at the same time.  We get to finally see her/hug her next month when we go visit - so excited.  Face Time is okay once they are able to do it but there is nothing like giving and receiving an actual hug:)

Comment by Stbl on February 12, 2019 at 1:44pm

Ladies, I am enjoying hearing of your close relationships with your daughters!  My sailor graduated mid Oct of last year and has always been my rock. Yesterday I was subbing for a cooking class and we watched a baking show. The tears started flowing and I remembered all the times we sat hanging out watching those cooking shows. Having a child join the services is by far more different than anything I could have imagined. I love that a Navy family is included!  ❤️

Comment by Brenda on February 12, 2019 at 1:44pm


My youngest daughter of 3 left for basic in June 2018, we were also so close as like Blondie was saying. The hardest thing was not hearing from her.  My heart was sick for lack of a better word.  The worst, was receiving that phone call after she arrived the first night at Great Lakes.  I was to say the least devastated.. Then,  when she could finally call me it  was 3 weeks later, so for three weeks all I heard was her sad voice and tears and the screaming from the drill instructors in the background. So, when I did finally get to speak with her after 3 weeks, she was fine ( perfectly fine) .  She was more worried about me because of the phone call I received when she arrived.  please take my advise thedisneymom, I literally was sick with worry, it effected my me so bad.  Your daughter is going to be ok, its just that initial shock and after a couple weeks they really like it, they build friendships and such tight bonds.  The funny thing is, when my daughter graduated from basic she wanted to go back.  She missed it so much and she missed the friends and structure.  She is now in Norfolk on a missile cruiser, and is doing very well.  I still miss her terribly, but I know she is ok.  I feel what your going through and I hope my story helped you a little.  I will keep you in my thoughts and please reach out to me of you need to talk.  I do know exactly how you feel...

Comment by Oleander on February 12, 2019 at 12:32pm

Oh the stories! And no! - this is NOT like our girls have gone away to college! Allowing each other to cry, laugh, boast successes  - that's what we're all about. See ladies? We've survived and believe it or not you will too. 

thedisneymom, we truly do get you! Hang on, come here often and keep us updated. We feel your heart!

Comment by Blondie on February 12, 2019 at 11:40am

Katski that is my Worse Pet Peeve, when someone says they understand, their child went to college.  Yeah and they could call you, you could call them, they came home on weekends and Holidays.  NOTHING alike!  And I agree even husbands don't completely understand.  They have it hard too don't get me wrong, just not the same.  My husband said the worse for him was Knowing if she needed him he couldn't get to her. Wow, yeah, that's alot to carry also.  That's why this site and group is so Important, we REALLY Understand.

Comment by Katski on February 12, 2019 at 11:34am

my girl was sworn in 3 days after her 17th birthday - for the DEP program the summer before her sr yr of high school. She just completed basic and grad on 02/08 -  - she was actually schd to leave 02/11 but new job opened was offered right before the holidays and she got accepted - we had 3wks before she left - I thought I had more time - as she left 12/12 - and we were not prepared - or I should say I was not - missed the holidays with her and once again we did everything together - she is our youngest and our only girl - the boys are at least 7 yrs older - she was as our family joke - our OOPS baby (I was 36 when she was born) and how so happy for a girl - we did everything together and this has been so hard.. - it was great to see her at grad! - we actually got all day on Saturday the 9th as well - since her flt went out early Sunday morning...but I miss her soooo freakin much -  - she too worked at my office, she had a rock band that she played in and did a ton of gigs.. you really have to check it out on Facebook - they were called VanderVeer - she was the lead singer and bass player - she started the band when she was only 13 - and they played thru out the town at least 25 gigs a year, was huge in her JROTC and my days seem so empty now..she turned 18 this past Aug and still my baby girl - her boyfriend - which they just got engaged as soon as they got out of basic - He grad 02/01 from the Navy  - as they enlisted together - have known each other for over 4 years and been dating for 3 years - we are so happy for both of them.  I am so glad to come to this site to cry , vent and most of all ask questions without be looked at like I am crazy - no one at my office can understand - this is not like sending your kid off to college, or they are just away...thanks everyone

Comment by Blondie on February 12, 2019 at 11:13am

thedisneymom, HUGS

My Sailor was my youngest of 4.  Her 2 brothers and Sister all went off to college, he dad's job made him travel a lot with long, late hours. So it was just the 2 of us!  We went EVERYWHERE together.  She'd walk over to my office after school and help with filing, envelope stuffing, cleaning whatever I needed. We'd go home and make supper together. My half day I'd pick her up at school and we'd go to town, to the library.  I couldn't even take a bath or shave my legs without her coming into the bathroom, sitting on the toilet and doing her homework or reading her newest book to me!  We are to 2 peas in a pod.  She's a mini Me!  2 days after her 18th birthday a recruiter came to the house and talked to her, She drove her to Columbus (2 hours away) to take her tests, 2 separate days. 2 weeks later she was in BC!  She told me later it was the only way she could do it, otherwise she might not have left.  After her swearing in, I cried the 2 hours back home.  Even my older daughter could not help me, matter of fact she ended up crying with me.  Then my Sailor was a grad-n-go, after her PIR we only got 1 1/2 hours with her, and she was off to A school, she graduated on a Friday and started C-school the following Monday!  She did 10 years before she got out (after she got married) they were all a wirlwind, we called it our roller coaster ride. She went to BC Aug. of 2007 and was over seas in the sand box by March 2008.  Did 2 years there, then 3 in Japan (in 2010 we went to Japan for Christmas and New Years to see her) at that point I asked her to come back stateside. Which she did, in 2012 and worked at the Pentagon. So anyways, I UNDERSTAND your feelings completely!  I cried Every week at Church, but mostly in the shower.  

We had made a pack before she went to BC, To pray for each other and "talk" to each other at a certain time of day.  I watch 1 of her favorite TV shows (which I didn't like) and wrote an update in every letter.  I sent school news, and town news, new books that came out, the new mt. dew flavors (which she made me buy and taste for her, I HATE mt. dew!) What we do for our girls!   Well this is too long, So I'll sign off for now.  But Please if you have any questions let us know.

We love to share in your Joys and excitement as well as your pain and sorrow.  Come here to vent, cry, scream and complain or to Brag.  Hugs again

Comment by ShawnMom on February 11, 2019 at 9:14pm


You are totally in "crazy lady" territory here. Welcome. We totally get it! If all Navy moms decided to have a foot stomping tantrum on the same day the Navy would be in serious trouble. :) Hang in there, it does get easier. 

Comment by thedisneymom on February 11, 2019 at 5:48pm

@Katski - OMG....everything you just said... Sunday mornings were always our time...get coffee, grocery shop, laugh. I started dishing up dinner last night and grabbed down four plates.  That caused tears.  I know it will get better...i just need it to happen now.  Thank you for the support!


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