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."

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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Navy Speak

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




Navy Reserve Moms

For anyone who has a Sailor in the Reserves. Lets talk...

Location: United States
Members: 364
Latest Activity: May 19

Discussion Forum

An Update

Started by slapout52 May 18, 2019. 0 Replies

A school to reserve transition

Started by lm243. Last reply by Huggybear Mar 20, 2016. 5 Replies

Reservists attending two week drill

Started by Menzvibe. Last reply by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Dec 19, 2015. 5 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by jean on May 19, 2020 at 9:53pm

Hi I am a new reservist mom as of 3 / 2018   I am here for support since our sailor was active duty from 2008 - 2013 

Comment by therevbev on December 10, 2019 at 1:12pm

My son has finished 5 years of active duty and has begun 3 years of Reserves. Can someone help us with medical/dental insurance questions? Is he still covered by Tri-care or does he have to purchase something? He's having a LOT of problems getting info, even his military computer access has been delayed over 6 months! Thanks.

Comment by Claire on October 14, 2019 at 4:44pm

NAVYMOMK  I would like some info on this too. My family live overseas and we visit frequently 

Comment by NAVYMOMK on October 14, 2019 at 4:14pm

QUESTION - My sailor is new reservist   It has been quite the process getting weekend drills scheduled etc    We are planning to leave the country for a family vacation during holidays   He says he needs to get permission to leave the country but doesn't know for sure who to contact about this   Does anyone here have any insight into this???


Comment by ShawnMom on July 7, 2019 at 1:22pm


Iven never heard a recruit say there weren’t problems within their division. They are told this regularly by RDCs to inspire them to work better as a team. Her division may lose some recruits along the way. That is common, but as long as your girl keeps doing well she will get through. Will you be attending PIR?

Comment by ShawnMom on July 6, 2019 at 5:55pm

Hi Susan 64,


Whether or not a sailor attends C School depends on their rate (job), not on whether they are active duty or a reservist. My reservist attended C School. The length of both A and C Schools vary depending on what the rate is.

Comment by ShawnMom on May 18, 2019 at 10:03am

Hi Jean,

I’m not sure what you mean by “first drill as a reservist” since it’s sounds like he is a still a recruit (pre-training) rather than a sailor (after graduating from boot camp) but I can answer you other questions. Yes, recruits contracted as reservists attend the same training (boot camp) as recruits contracted for active duty. They also attend the same trainings for their specialities and sub specialities as active duty sailors if their specific rate (job) requires it. They get paid for full time work as soon as they begin training at Recruit Training Command or RTC for short (boot camp). It may take a few weeks for their first check to be deposited in their account. Yes, the cost our their uniforms is deducted from their account but they are also given a uniform allowance which is put in their account. Welcome to the group. This is a great place to ask questions. 

Comment by jean on May 17, 2019 at 10:01pm
Hi tomorrow our first born son is going to first drill as a reservist a little nervous since it is like someone is raising your children for you as a mom need a lot of prayers and alot if questions like do they do to regular boot camp ? Do they get a pay check right away? And something about them paying for their own stuff like on their uniforms etc. Really different from full time enlistment
Comment by krislac on February 4, 2019 at 7:20pm

Hi Everyone --My husband is in Boot camp right now and will head to Pensacola for NACCS (Aircrew) Full Time Support. Would really appreciate if you can give insight to what to expect after A School (life, deployments, stations). I read that FTS usually get stationed at any Reserves or could be your hometown. 

Thank you so much!

Comment by slapout52 on November 18, 2018 at 8:19pm

Good evening all--I have been absent from Navy4Moms since 2014.  My Sailor exited AD, used his GI Bill to complete a Master's degree, and conducted a long and frustrating job search.  Last summer he received a letter with the invitation to rejoin the fleet, which he did without hesitation.  He is now in the Navy Reserve, with his former rate, DC2.  I am so happy for him, and happy to b back here as well.


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