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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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: 1298
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Arrived at boot camp October 2nd

Started by Donita. Last reply by MassMom 11 hours ago. 21 Replies

Hey everyone- my daughter left for boot camp October 2nd. I missed a call from her last Friday telling me that her graduation is December 13th. I feel like the worst mom in the world for missing her call. Really didn’t expect her to call so soon but…Continue

Soon to arrive @ A school

Started by Bigfamilysimplejoy. Last reply by 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?

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Comment by Anna on October 10, 2019 at 9:37pm


How exciting for your daughter to be starting her journey - how challenging for you as you adjust to not having your girl nearby and not being able to talk to her as easily as you were used to.  JayDee and Oleander gave you great words of encouragement.  I can't say it gets easier but like these other great moms said, you learn a new normal.  Crying in the shower worked for me also because I had to be strong in front of her twin sister when my first daughter left.  A couple years later her sister left!!!  ughhh I miss seeing them as much as I'd like but like JayDee's picture shows - we make the best of the times we get!!!!  Keep us posted when you hear from her!!!  NavyMom hugs {{{ . . }}}

Comment by Oleander on October 10, 2019 at 12:07pm

potterycat - words of wisdom from JayDee! Somehow we eventually get used to a new normal - that's not to say we ever stop missing our girls or don't feel the empty spaces they used to fill. But as JayDee said once you're able to communicate with her, especially in A school, you'll begin to feel more settled about this change in your lives. 

We truly DO know what you're going through - and it IS hard. This isn't like your daughter went away to college - she's joined the Navy which is a completely different way of life with its own language and rules. Again - eventually you'll learn all of that and understand more. We weren't a military family so I researched and read as  much as I could ....which by the way was kind of annoying for my girl .. I kept writing about PIR while she was in boot camp and she had no idea what that was lol! 

We're here. Ask questions, keep us in the loop with her progress. We may be miles apart but we're with you in spirit! Hugs!!!

Hey JayDee - Happy Birthday to your Sailor girl!!!

Comment by JayDee659 on October 10, 2019 at 8:50am

Today is my sailor's birthday!  Hard to believe that 4 years ago she was at BC and I couldn't talk to her.  I believe that she's pulled night duty this week so I probably won't get to talk to her until later but I did send her a text.  Here's a picture that I took on our family vacation last week.  She and her sailor hubby are on the left and her sister and her guy are on the right.  LOVE these kids.

Comment by JayDee659 on October 10, 2019 at 8:23am

potterycat, it is hard and it's okay for you to feel sorry for yourself.  Our daughters are such a part of us and when they are gone you're truly missing a piece of yourself.  Tomorrow will be hard and so will the next several.  Then you'll settle in to your own routine.  That doesn't mean you won't miss her but you'll be more comfortable knowing that BC is closer to being done.  Once she gets to A School she'll be able to call and text.  My daughter made it to GC before we got home from PIR.  I had to ask her to stop calling for a bit so I could concentrate on driving.  She ended up calling her boyfriend who was sitting the back seat of my car.  Girls.

Keep in mind that no news truly is good news.  The Navy will NOT call you unless there's an issue.  Know in your heart that she is doing just fine.  I almost flipped out when my daughter called at an unexpected time.  My first words were "is everything okay".  Haha.  She'd had to miss a call due to having duty and they let her call when she finished.  

Once you know her division, be sure to join that group on Bootcamp Mom's.  You will get all kind of good tidbits, most importantly an idea of when they might call.  Don't flip out if you don't get a call even if the rest of her division is calling.  My daughter took extra watch just so she could have a special call to me on my birthday.  By doing so she gave up 2 calls home, but oh was I happy on my birthday>

Comment by potterycat on October 10, 2019 at 8:13am

Thank you Oleander & JayDee659. 

This is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. I hope she is doing ok.  

Comment by JayDee659 on October 8, 2019 at 1:29pm

Potterycat, Oleander said it, these girls have such an incredible life ahead of them.

This group was my lifeline those early days.  LOVE these ladies.

Comment by Oleander on October 8, 2019 at 11:41am

Oh potterycat, we hear your heart and are here for you as your girl embarks on this amazing journey! Feel free to come here, vent, brag, whatever you need. There are amazing women here and between all of us we've probably experienced it all. Hang on, it's quite a ride. My daughter was my youngest and I thought my heart would break in the days leading up to her leaving. Try to be strong and excited for her as she prepares to leave - crying in the shower worked for me! Sending you both Navy mom hugs.Chin up, she has an amazing life ahead of her! 

Comment by potterycat on October 8, 2019 at 10:20am

Hi All, 

I've been out of touch for a while as we prepared for our girl to leave.  They called yesterday and told her to pack up now.  We thought we had a bit more time. 

I'm trying to keep it all together but everytime I think of her, as a baby, young girl, and the amazing woman she is becoming I have to fight back the tears.  I'm happy to know not to expect the box and I feel that we have everything prepared for her but I'm wondering what I am forgetting. 

Wow!  She is my first. My first for everything mothering. First to come home with us and first to leave home. 

Our family and home life is soon to change.  Sooner than expected.  Her sisters are dealing with it best they can. I let them all skip school to be with her today.

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

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