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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.

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 Officers

Future, current and past officers

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Comment by Allison on March 25, 2019 at 8:17am

After OCS, the Navy packed and moved my DS goods from our house in MA to Pensacola. They lost two boxes on the way. He didn't discover the loss until he had thrown away the boxes and paperwork. The missing boxes were never found. Tough life lesson!

Comment by Anna on March 24, 2019 at 10:28pm


When my daughter left for OCS she had the contents of her apartment stored in a storage unit in PA. After OCS she was sent to Pensacola.  The Navy moved all her goods from the storage unit to her new apartment in Pensacola.  After all her flight training she was transferred to Oklahoma. Again the Navy did her PCS move and just recently she was transfered again to Pensacola and another PCS move.  She took a few things in her private vehicle to get her through until all her personal goods arrived.

Comment by Andy'sMom on March 24, 2019 at 5:03pm

Congrats to you and your son, Romeogirl!  My son commissioned at OSC last May and had to pay his own way home as he was doing OHARP for 12 weeks before going to his first base in FL.  When he finished in FL and headed to TX, he had the choice of having the Navy pay for his move or pay him to rent a U-Haul and move himself.  He chose the latter as he did not like the Navy's time table!

Comment by CindyN on March 23, 2019 at 6:43pm

Romeogirl - Congratulations to both you and your son!  Is your son coming home before moving? My son came home (on his dime, actually my husband's frequent flier miles) and then he drove his car and stuff (it fit in his car) back out east. The Navy pays miles, hotel and the weight of the stuff in his car. He had to have it weighted empty and then full.  He didn't have much. He could have rented a U-haul if he had more and they would have paid for that. The Navy will hire movers as well. There should be someone he can talk to. You can find info here:

Best of luck to your son on this next stop in his Navy journey!

Comment by topdog1p on March 23, 2019 at 6:17pm


First off congratulations! I am not sure I will be much help but here it goes. The first move my LO did he moved his belongings by himself Washington to South Carolina. He was reimburse for some of the expenses. The second time South Carolina to New York he again did a DITY ( do it yourself) move. His last move NewYork back to Washington was a partial dity move and part Navy moving his big household item. 

Comment by Romeogirl on March 23, 2019 at 2:31pm

Could anyone comment on how household moves take place.  My son became an ensign yesterday and will be reporting to Mayport.  He would like to get set up sometime in June in an apt.  Does Navy reimburse for the move? Thanks!

Comment by SpaceKaCe on March 13, 2019 at 12:06pm

thanks for all the great info.  My daughter has been commissioned approx 5 years.  It took her much longer to join the fleet as she was training to be a pilot.  We are learning with her as her journey moves forward.  That's why I love these Mom's groups!  You all are so knowledgeable.  Keep it coming :)

Comment by Romeogirl on March 13, 2019 at 10:29am

Great info! Thanks for sharing.

Comment by LindaB on March 13, 2019 at 10:22am

My son will have been commissioned for nine years this summer. He's also a SWO. His first ship was an LPD, and he had hardly arrive when it was surged to help with the action off Lybia. The ship was deployed for nearly 11 months.

In July, he found out they were going to be at an Italian Navy base in southern Italy for a full week for maintenance. He called and asked if we could come meet him. It took some doing, but we made it, and I'm so glad we did. We got him a room in the hotel where he was staying, and he was able to catch up on some much needed sleep, something new ensigns struggle with. We also did some wonderful sight-seeing and ate a lot of good food. 

Later in the deployment he was sent home to go to SWO school in Newport, RI, for a few weeks. Then he had to rejoin the ship, which was still deployed. 

We participated in the Tiger Cruise from Morehead City, NC to Norfolk when they finally returned. That was also a good experience, and I recommend it.

His second ship was a destroyer. He requested that because he wanted to get some experience on a different kind of ship, even though he was pretty sure he wanted to be on amphibs in the long run. He also wanted to be navigator, and he was able to do that. 

The second ship also deployed, for about nine months. He spent a lot of time going back and forth through the Suez Canal and also up in the Black Sea. He got to go to a lot of interesting places and had more port visits than on the first ship.

As someone else said, after two ships SWOs typically get a three-year shore duty. Our son, a Naval Academy grad, chose teaching navigation and seamanship at the academy, and that's what he got. We were thrilled to be able to spend three more years visiting Annapolis.

Now, after nearly a year of more schools, he's starting as the ops officer on an amphib that's in the shipyards in Norfolk, so he's not likely to be deployed on this ship. They request certain kinds of ships, certain jobs and certain ports, ranking which things are most important, and then they get some combination of those choices, usually. Whether they are deployed depends on what the status of the ship is at that time.

He's always been able to keep in pretty good touch with us when he's deployed. I always told him that if he got a chance to call, he should call without worrying about what time it was where we were. 

He knows he's looking at more deployments in the future, but that's OK. That's the life he chose. 

Comment by Romeogirl on March 12, 2019 at 8:59pm

Thanks!  My ensign will be headed to BDOC right after OCS grad.  Really appreciate the insight!


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