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 full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy 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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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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Anyone with Sailors/Soldiers/Marines in War Zones and Combat Areas


Anyone with Sailors/Soldiers/Marines in War Zones and Combat Areas

For parents and loved ones of deployed and deploying military personnel...Aghanistan/Iraq  and any and all war zones. Please introduce yourself on the main comment page.

Members: 116
Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2020

 Anderson Hall is in San Antonio, on the campus of Fort Sam Houston...the place where future corpsman will learn their trade.

"Doc" Christopher Anderson served with Marine 1/6.

(He also went to Basic and to FMTB with my son. TDM)

Corpsmen on the job in Afghanistan:

Helpful Links:

National Resource Directory

The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a website which connects wounded warriors, service members, Veterans, and their families with those who support them.

It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Real Warriors  The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.

Absentee Voting Link  Get info here on registering to vote and absentee voting.

Navy Individual Augmentee Information "IA"

Ombudsman Registry  Find your sailor's unit and contact information

Seabee Info Web site  Answers to many questions about deployment, etc even if your sailor is not a Seabee.

Fleet and Family Deployment Navy Facebook  

Online Program Helps Military Vote Absentee 

Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pets Facebook Page

Dogs on Deployment  One-Stop Resource page for military members to turn to for advice and direction to all pet-related needs.  They also are looking for fosters for pets whose owners are being deployed. 

 ****Red Cross and Help for the Military, Emergency Notificaton  Link to the Red Cross Military Assistance page, on the left is a list of links to important sites, including the phone numbers if you need to notify your deployed loved one of a family emergency. This note: Beginning June 13, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. EDT, all military members and their
families can use one number- 877-272-7337 (U.S. Toll Free) to send an urgent
message to a service member. The change means that all military members and
their families can use this single number to initiate an emergency communication, regardless of where they live.

Coaching Into Care 

Coaching Into Care works with family members or friends who become aware of their Veteran’s post-deployment difficulties—and supports their efforts to find help for the Veteran.

This is a national clinical service providing information and help to Veterans and the loved ones who are concerned about them.
Defense Center of Excellence information and help for TBI and PTS for active military, vets and their families.

After Deployment...  This web site is VERY useful to service members, family and loved ones after the return of a loved one from deployment.

Military Pathways Facebook 

To help those who may be struggling, the DoD teamed up with the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health to launch Military Pathways (TM), also known as the Mental Health Self-Assessment Program (MHSAP). The program is available online and at special events held at installations worldwide. Check us out at It provides free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve. Very useful links for our vets and their families.

Secondary PTSD Resource Link For families and loved ones of a soldier/sailor/Marine/airman with PTSD.

Military Slang Appendix

Facebook Support for OPSEC  An online resource for OPSEC regs and questions concerning safety in social media web sites.

 Graphic Novel Helps Corpsmen Cope with Combat-related Stress

Links to those sending packages to our deployed sailors/soldiers/marines/airmen:

Molly's Adopt A Sailor Group Join the group, or just read for ideas on what to send to your deployed kid.

Jacob's Program  Another group of volunteers sending packages to our deployed folks.

To all who drop by! WELCOME! please post below so we can get to know you. If you send a message around to 'all members' , we CANNOT respond. So, please introduce yourself below, and remember to not share dates or specfic movements by any military unit on the board! Thank you!! and again WELCOME!!

Discussion Forum

Son in Spin Boldak

Started by rysony. Last reply by rysony Mar 14, 2012. 40 Replies

Sailors in Afghanistan with boots on the ground

Started by Ruth, Gun's Mom. Last reply by TexasDocMom Sep 18, 2010. 18 Replies


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Comment by mikes mom on May 28, 2018 at 6:48pm
Never ever Forgotten .... God Bless them all
Comment by TexasDocMom on May 28, 2018 at 1:52pm

That unit was so hard hit, I'll never forget them, and I pray their families are finding peace someway to continue their lives with some degree of peace. 

Blessings to all our Gold Star families. Thanks for sharing TNM.

Comment by TexasDocMom on November 22, 2017 at 6:09pm

Vipergirl, I hope you get a phone call tomorrow! 

Comment by Vipergirl on November 22, 2017 at 4:23pm

I am always missing my Sailor while he is in the sandpit but especially at this time of the year. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Comment by TexasDocMom on November 22, 2017 at 12:17pm

Yes! Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and phone calls from those who are far away!  

Comment by TexasDocMom on July 11, 2017 at 10:14am

Heart breaking news to read of 16 dead in the crash of a Marine plane in Mississippi. My heart and prayers for all those who lost their lives and their families who were waiting at home for them, as well as those with whom they served. 

Comment by TexasDocMom on June 19, 2017 at 1:31pm

With 4,000 troops headed to Syria/Iraq/Afghanistan, we need to fire up this board again. I hate that. But...if you know moms or family members of those folks deploying to combat zones, please share this group with them. We do not care with whom they serve...Navy, Army, Marine, Air Force...we're here for the support of the families and loved ones. We've been there, some are still there...and we are here to make sure no one feels alone in this frightening journey.

Comment by TexasDocMom on June 19, 2017 at 1:15pm

This is so heartbreaking, I cannot imagine the pain these families are in. 

More info on donations here, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Yokosuka, Japan. When I was a child, when my dad died, Navy Relief helped us out so much, they are really there to serve our sailors and families in need. 

DONATING TO NMCRS: The Yokosuka community, as well as the global USS FITZGERALD family, is generously pouring support to the Sailors. NMCRS Yokosuka is directing donated goods through Command Leaders to get the donated goods directly to the Sailors; and is also providing financial assistance to Sailors.
NMCRS accepts cash, check, and credit card donations at any time. Donations in cash or check that are donated locally will be marked for the Fitzgerald Disaster and receipts provided, and donations made online by credit or debit card can be marked the same way with a note in the box provided. We cannot track the funds after that point. NMCRS provides the support needed by the Sailors regardless of the funds raised locally; all funds donated help our organization provide the support here and in future times of need. NMCRS is 100% funded by donations.
LOCAL: Locally, we can take donations at our office from 0900-1500 this week, 3rd Floor of the Community Readiness Center (AOB, Library).
- Complete the form
- At the option “This Contribution Is” – you will see a drop-down menu, select either “In Honor of” or “In Memory of”
- In one of the boxes provided, enter FITZGERALD Disaster If this information does not answer your inquiry, please message us on Facebook or email; understand we will respond to your message as soon as possible. We are experiencing a high volume of messages on social media, email, and by phone. Thank you, Jill Jill Warning Director, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Yokosuka, Japan CRC Bldg 3365 Suite 312 DSN: 243-7905 (Comm: 011-81-46-816-7905) FAX: 243-6480 (Comm fax: 011-81-46-816-6480)


Comment by IDCmom#1 on May 28, 2017 at 5:25pm

May your son's friend, HM Long, and all those who have died in defense of our country, never be forgotten. I think seeing HM Long's face and reading his obituary makes it even more personal. Only 19 and his high school sweetheart became a widow.
Comment by IDCmom#1 on March 14, 2017 at 9:43pm
I copied Marcy's two care package lists last night and sent them to my son. He said the only thing he wanted was drink mixes so we set off for Dick's and found three flavors. Sent him text asking which flavor he wanted and included a pic of slingshot on sale as a joke. Should have known he was serious when he said he wanted it since he had me ship him Nerf guns and darts on his last deployment. Think he is bored. Only thing he has been treating is Strep and diarrhea. I like it calm like that.

It has taken the care package we sent him on March 3rd from Pensacola to get to Chicago and sit there until the 8th. I assumed the overseas part of the mailing journey would be the slow part, not getting it out of the US. BUT, I assume this will be quicker than when I had to mail things to a guy in another State to put in a crate that was then shipped to his location. Life of a Navy Mom.

Tenn Mom, I know exactly how you feel with your tiny grandson so far away! I'm hoping my daughter-in-law will brings the kids to for the summer and pray my first granddaughter's mom is too busy at her new billet to have her daughter for the summer.

Jersey Susan, is your AF son in Germany? On way to deployment location, my son's group spent a week in Germany. We lived there a total of 12 years there so he still thinks of it as home.

I love a man in blue, whether Navy or Air Force since I am an Air Force brat and a Navy Mom.

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