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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Norfolk Sailors - Family & Friends


Norfolk Sailors - Family & Friends

For families and friends of Sailors who are stationed at Norfolk; for either Sea Duty or Shore Duty Sailors. Just make sure to keep OPSEC issues in mind and not disclose ship movements in advance.

Members: 1317
Latest Activity: Feb 15


In the event of an emergency within the sailor’s family, where you feel the sailor must be notified and considered for Emergency Leave, you must notify the American Red Cross through the national headquarters in Washington, DC (1-877-272-7337) or via their website

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Comment by BEVERLY (kyles mom) on December 23, 2008 at 10:30am
hope everyones sailor gets home saft for the holidays. hope everyone has a very merry christmas and happy new year. mys gof be wit each and every family
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on December 22, 2008 at 9:34pm
Yes, they will probably come back sometime in the same week. I'll send you a PM with the estimated arrival date. Have to gone to your son's ship's website and registered? You will be sent a logon and password. If there is any info regarding the ship, you'll receive an email.
Yes, I do know quite a bit about Tigar Cruises. Not all ship offers them and don't offer them everytime the ship goes out.
gotta run, more later!
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on December 22, 2008 at 5:59pm
Jackie's got her hubby working on it!!!
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on December 22, 2008 at 5:53pm
Darla, our Sailors are in the same strike group. Matt's on the Ramage (destroyer). when Matt landed in Bahrain he was flown by helicopter to the Iwo Jima and then another helicopter ride to his ship. Took him about 4 days to get to his ship.
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on December 22, 2008 at 5:27pm
Well then, get him on it NOW.....I want to hear from my baby boy on Christmas..... (along with a couple thousand other Moms) lol

Oh, because the fiber optic cable is cut, no email either....I know, I'm just a load of good news today......hee, hee
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on December 22, 2008 at 5:23pm
Darla: Glad you info helped. I have to take expection with Nate being upset with you for worrying and making a fuss........We as mothers have every right in the world to worry and fuss. And if the kids so like it, time to get used to it! My kids all know I worry and fuss and they just accept as a fact of life! Pat yourself on the back Darla and tell Nate he's damn lucky to have you as a Mom! :)
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on December 22, 2008 at 5:20pm
Jackie, can he swim REALLY deep???? lol, lol
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on December 22, 2008 at 5:16pm
Our Sailors are considered "deployed" when they fly out of Norfolk.
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on December 22, 2008 at 5:12pm
Darla, when they fly out of Norfolk on a military transport, they have 3 stopovers, the Azores, Sicily, Greece then Bahrain. They can get held up at any of those stopovers and once they do arrive in Bahrain, it's up to the CO of his ship to decide if they want to fly via helipcopter to his ship or have him wait in port.
I can't remember where I posted it, but in today's news, the trans Atlantic telephone fiber cable has been cut. Another words, no phone service to the Mediterrain, and the Gulf, including Bahrain and our ships serving in the Gulf. So, your son could be on his ship but he has no way of calling you. From what the news released, they have to find the cut in the cable and then repair it. Once they find it they can repair it in a couple of days.....
My son has been in port in Bahrain and it's very, very Americanized. If you need to ease your mind, go join the Bahrain Moms group. That's what I did to find out what it's like over there. I hope this helps and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask any time!
Comment by Melissa (Tucson) on December 22, 2008 at 4:52pm
Darla, you haven't hijacked anything! That's what we're all here for. Where is your son?

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