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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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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.

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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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PIR DATE: December 13, 2019

Started by Donita. Last reply by Donita Nov 5. 5 Replies

Anyone else’s recruit have a PIR date ofDecember 13, 2019?Continue

Arrived at boot camp October 2nd

Started by Donita. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Nov 5. 26 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

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Comment by potterycat on October 16, 2019 at 7:48am

You all are very reassuring and I appreciate your kind words of experience.  

I love the decorations.  I typically go all out decorating but this year has been so busy and no the month is already 1/2 over.  Maybe next year.  I am throwing a costume dance party for our local mountain bike state championship so that should fulfil the need for halloween.  :)


Comment by Anna on October 15, 2019 at 10:57pm

Oleander, 

Those decorations are wicked!!!  Would love to see your neighborhood during Halloween (and Christmas for that matter!) Hubby and I are still planning our visit to your neck of the woods next spring!!  We are spending November in South Carolina with the oldest son and his family, then we go to Pensacola to spend Dec and Jan with officer daughter.  Making sure we are far south for the winter.  As soon as it gets nice in Oklahoma we are going there to visit with Catherine before the tornado season starts.  Then we head to Fallon to visit with the Chief and his family!!  But on our way to Fallon we'll be coming your way.  I will give you some better dates when we get to OK!!!  Hoping we will get to have that big get together - JayDee?  Spyder? B's Nuke Mom?

Potterycat,

Oh I remember those days and that pit in your stomach you get when you just don't hear from them.  When my daughter was in boot camp they could only write on Sundays and a couple weekends she just had too much going on to get a letter written.  My mind went to all kinds of dark places until I finally heard from her and she explained why she hadn't written!!!!! I was sweating bullets!!!! Hang in there Momma, you will hear from her!!!  Just not as often as we want!!!!!

Comment by Oleander on October 15, 2019 at 3:47pm

Whoa JayDee, crazy dream! So the moral of the story is, when in doubt go to the bathroom?! hahaha.  Love the purple butterflies. As you know, for us it's hummingbirds : )  And you're coming for Halloween next year!!!???!!! I'm so excited!!! 

Hi Blondie, good to hear from you. I swear you must be living 3 lives at once! Congratulations to your sailor and his promotion! Sending prayers he receives all of his items safely and on time!

My sailor has re-enlisted. She'll be on shore duty and has chosen recruiting. Next July or August my oldest daughter, sailor and I are planning a road trip to FL where she'll go to school. Though she doesn't have hard orders yet she knows she'll be in the NJ/NY area which is what she requested. Though she's never lived in winter (eeeks) she and her sister are very excited because they'll be living within an hour of each other! And bonus, we travel there several times during the year for my husband's work so we'll be able to visit both at the same time! Quite honestly I think we'll see our sailor more in the east than we have while she's been in San Diego.

Here are a few pics from our weekend of ship building. We start with 30+ wood pallets and have been known as the Pirate ship house for years, but this year we're morphing into Game of Thrones - hence the White Walker skeletons (yes their eyes light up blue)

Comment by Blondie on October 15, 2019 at 8:21am

Love the pictures Anna!

Congrats JayDee, make a world of difference when you know them and approve.

Deanna, How exciting for you! Scaring but  moving ahead. Ohh, dry dock even better. My daughter tho always was loaned out to others her rate was undermanned. 

Oleander, can't wait to see/hear about your progress. 

Potterycat, HUGS, I'd like to tell you it gets better but usually don't but we learn to cope.  

I've been absent a lot lately, just A LOT going on here. Another preceptee at work, makes for more work for me. The extra training, watching and working with his college, sending reports, hours.... This is a bad time of year for my health problems, we're cold and scraping windows in the mornings again. The cold/damp hurts!  Joseph is growing and changing way too Fast, it's been 3 weeks since I saw him  Well it will be Sat/ when I go back down, Church festival, cleaning up yard/garden for winter.... and other duties have kept me here. :(  When Sailor got back to VA, he got a promotion, witch moved him to a different Pod (?) so his deployment has been jacked around a lot, delayed 2 weeks, then no leaving in 2 days! Just him and 3 others, after to go ahead, no military flights so have to go civilian, caused all kinds of problems!  He did not pack out and send ahead his computers because he needed them to work on and was suppose to be flying military. Then he can't take his medical kit on civilian flight!  He did sign over 1 of his computers to another team who will be coming in 2 weeks (we hope) But had to take his other one with him YIKES!  I mean it has a huge sticker on outside IntelN2.......and not to have his Medical bag very dangerous! That too he had to sign over to his command to bring along...but if they forget or he gets into something before they get there.....He was not happy about this deployment before Now...Wow!  He said he'd weather go back to Iran/Afghanistan... Which scares us all.  So been Very Stressed and worried lately. To the point of crying in Church again and BP ski high!..... Not only do I worry about him but my daughter and granddaughter in VA !  We've had the experience of the knock on the door...enuff said.

Comment by JayDee659 on October 15, 2019 at 8:01am

potterycat, I hate that feeling.  She's in good hands. Sit down with a cup of relaxing tea and write her a letter, that always helped me.

Whether or not we realize it, we worry about our girls constantly.  It doesn't matter if they're in the military or away at college. 

Oleander you'll love this: I had a dream Friday night that my sailor and I were out shopping when a terrible storm came up.  We hid in the basement of a department store, but the building was being torn apart by the severity of the storm.  My daughter told me that if she died she would send me purple butterflies when she got to heaven so I'd know she was safe.  The next morning I woke up thinking I'd call her, but decided it was better to wait.  Sure enough she happened to call me a couple hours later to check in :).  She assured me that if anything ever happened she'd send the purple butterflies, but that I had to do the same for her.

That's not meant to freak you out, just a reflection that as moms we always worry and we always have a solution.  You'll note that we were together and it was an act of nature, nothing military about this dream.  Oh yeah, and we escaped the storm because she had to go to the bathroom and we were safe in there.  Ha.

Comment by JayDee659 on October 15, 2019 at 8:00am

potterycat, I hate that feeling.  She's in good hands. Sit down with a cup of relaxing tea and write her a letter, that always helped me.

Whether or not we realize it, we worry about our girls constantly.  It doesn't matter if they're in the military or away at college. 

Oleander you'll love this: I had a dream Friday night that my sailor and I were out shopping when a terrible storm came up.  We hid in the basement of a department store, but the building was being torn apart by the severity of the storm.  My daughter told me that if she died she would send me purple butterflies when she got to heaven so I'd know she was safe.  The next morning I woke up thinking I'd call her, but decided it was better to wait.  Sure enough she happened to call me a couple hours later to check in :).  She assured me that if anything ever happened she'd send the purple butterflies, but that I had to do the same for her.

That's not meant to freak you out, just a reflection that as moms we always worry and we always have a solution.  You'll note that we were together and it was an act of nature, nothing military about this dream.  Oh yeah, and we escaped the storm because she had to go to the bathroom and we were safe in there.  Ha.

Comment by JayDee659 on October 15, 2019 at 7:49am

Oleander, next year is Halloween in Vegas.  :)

Comment by potterycat on October 15, 2019 at 7:29am

I woke up in a panic this morning.  It's been a week since I saw or heard from my girl.  This is the longest time I've spent with no communication with her since I found out about her.  I'm hanging in there but miss her a lot!


Congratulations to all the wonderful events!

Comment by Oleander on October 15, 2019 at 12:31am

Deanna, my daughter met one of her best Navy friends while she was cranking! They stay in touch to this day tho that girl struck for a different rate and ultimately moved on. 

Ohhhhhhhh ya Anna, we are in full swing. We missed the last 2 years of Halloween due to my husband's work and then the birth of our grandson last year but we're back! Our neighborhood is anticipating 2,000+ trick or treaters this year! How come you guys aren't here partying with us?.. Anna, JayDee, Spyder, B's Nuke??? : )

Comment by Anna on October 14, 2019 at 8:58pm

JaayDee,

Wonderful news!!!  So happy for them both, and what a beautiful picture!!

Deanna,

I'm sure she'll be kept busy - those sailors still need to eat.  But in all honesty she will probably spend her first few months cranking!!  That's where the new sailors spend time doing all kinds of odd jobs at their command.  Funny thing - I was stationed at NAS North Island and my cranking duty was at the galley!!!!  When my son went on the George Washington he was assigned to do laundry!!!! It's really nice that you have a connection with another Navy Mom on here whose daughter is on the same ship.  Make sure you look for her ship's facebook page!!!!!!

Oleander,

Are you guys doing your pirate ship this year????

 

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