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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 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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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




NUKE moms

A place to come for support and guidance for anyone with a loved one in the nuke program ⚓️.

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Please, if you no longer want to be a part of N4M's consider NOT deleting your profile as everything you have ever posted will disappear when you delete it .  You can leave a group but don't permanently delete your profile!

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in the right-hand column, under the members (hit "view all") ----->


These articles are the "reference library" for moms, ready to answer FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 24x7 (twenty-four hours, seven days a week).  You may not have to post a question after all!  

"There is lots to learn before coming to NNPTC." This link will give you much needed info:


(843) 296-9426



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

The time frame for each of the schools is listed under "Your Sailor's Schedule Upon Arrival to GC" to the right ------->

Here's a "Welcome New Members" link from BunkerQB with some good info: Welcome New Members

The NF Rating Information Card can be found at NF Rating Information Card.  (If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.) has some good info for you.

IMPORTANT:  Read and follow these Operational Security (OPSEC) guidelines.  N4M is an open website that can be read by non-members; and not all members are necessarily what they seem.  Be smart and keep yourself and all our sailors safe.  Keep YOUR safety in mind too.   It's human nature to trust and want to share, but don't provide personal information to others.  Great and lasting friendships are made on, but use common sense and caution before proceeding. Online chat safety tips

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

Here's the story of RED SHIRT FRIDAYRed Shirt Friday

USPS "If it fits, it ships" - link to order boxes: USPS If it fits, it ships

MAKING POSTS TO THE GROUP - Please be sure you are on page 1 when typing your comments or they may not post!

Discussion Forum

DTP and reclassification questions

Started by van1612. Last reply by Chipmunk Aug 2, 2020. 35 Replies

prototype housing

Started by Anmarie. Last reply by Stephanie Jul 10, 2020. 41 Replies

Birthday celebration

Started by Kristen. Last reply by Chipmunk Jul 6, 2020. 2 Replies

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN 7 hours ago

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And Happy Earth Day!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN 11 hours ago

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Comment by Chipmunk 14 hours ago

Canuka - That is wonderful that your sailor will be nearby and you will be able to bake for him. I will say though, my sailor seems to have put on a few pounds with his gf's baking. I remind him that he is not actively doing as much PT as he was during his time at NNPTC, so to remember he has to watch it!! :-) That is great your son was able to take some extra time and do some sightseeing and visiting. I think in general they were given 30 days to transition after Prototype. My son also said, they still had to use their leave for some of that time, which bothered him but currently, he hasn't even been able to take leave except a week at the holiday, so I am hoping he doesn't start loosing leave time. 

Comment by Canuka yesterday

Rakenator and others nearing the end of a nuke-school "phase" -- Congratulations to you sailors and to you for your awesome support. I will be thinking and praying for these final two steps. My son compared comps to a final, just a test. He was much more worried about boards (not being so comfortable with oral activities) but he said it went better than he expected, even after two last minute postponements when staff support  wasn't available.

I can't believe that the next group of "proto-types" is almost done!  They are churning out nukes quickly. Due to ROM & delays, my son finished prototype just after his class would have normally graduated, so he wasn't subject to grad-hold. Paper work took about a week before he was detached and started west with six weeks of transfer leave. I don't know if this is normal or because he wasn't allowed much leave time while in GC (only one holiday stand-down toward the end of A-school). In the end it is the "needs of the Navy". 

Rakenator - have a safe trip home with your sailor. Mine wanted to do the drive by himself...he took a meandering course, visiting some friends and exploring on his own. It is wonderful to have him home now, things are almost like they were before he left except that he has a career plan. Since his ship is home-ported in his home town, he doesn't have anymore driving to do, just relax for these last weeks. I am surprised at the amount of stuff he acquired while he was away, mostly bedding, some housewares, canned food, etc. that we are temporarily storing for him.

One thing I am really looking forward to is baking for him, at least while the ship is in port....being able to deliver fresh goodies instead of the week-old stuff he got via the mail.

Anyway, good luck and BZ to all moms out there. 

Comment by Chipmunk yesterday

Rakenator - Thoughts and prayers for your son!! It is an exciting but also a pins and needles sort of time as well!

Navymom18 - Sounds like your sailor has had some great opportunity for training as well. We have a great Ombudsman on our ship as well. 

Prayers for safe travels also for those of you able to see your sailors, or sailors coming home. 

Life remains busy here on the home front and I am not posting much but trying to keep up with everyone.

Comment by Navymom18 yesterday

Good morning everyone - so much is happening with all of you and your sailors! Prayers for those taking comps and traveling to new duty stations, etc. Our sailor reported to his first boat (SSN 787 USS Washington) late last year and got to pick up some extra training - he was sent to CT to be certified for some specialized systems (he couldn't give many specifics) and also spent a few weeks being SRF-B certified. We're preparing ourselves for his first deployment. The Ombudsman and the rest of the Blackfish family have been AMAZING and it's awesome to see (and have) the love and support for each other and our sailors. The care and love is genuine! Hope you're all doing well - take care! 

Comment by Northwoodsmom yesterday

Rakenator, prayers on the way for your son. May our Lord open his mind and everything he has learnt these past two years flow from him during his boards. Please bring peace to his mama as well, thank You Lord Jesus.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN yesterday

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Happy Wednesday!

Rakenator - good luck to your son - he's got this!

Comment by Rakenator yesterday

Requesting prayers for my nuke. He's taking his comps test this Friday, then Oral Boards on Monday. He has to vacate his apartment on May 6th, so we're praying the first pass through comps will do the trick! So excited but also feeling the tingle of's almost here. He has his soft orders and I will fly out to drive him back home before he heads out to his first duty station. We plan to spend a day driving through the Great Smokey Mountains NP. Such an exciting step forward in his Navy career!! I'm praying for all our sailors and Navy families <3

Comment by Northwoodsmom yesterday

Velvetenor, I was just thinking about your son, I am pretty sure he was doing his comps yesterday and wanted you to know I was praying for him. Hoping he did well. We miss hearing from you.


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