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.)

N4M Merchandise

Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress. Para Familias

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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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

prototype housing

Started by Anmarie. Last reply by Stephanie on Friday. 41 Replies

Birthday celebration

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

Care Package Ideas

Started by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Jun 24. 21 Replies

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Comment by NancyJo (CVN70) 1 hour ago

Thanks, Chipmunk! Jazzy indeed! I love it! Being a piano player of sorts myself you hit the right button. I appreciate the good wishes!

Comment by Chipmunk 2 hours ago

B'sNukeMom - Safe Travels and Well wishes being sent your way. I saw your post last night just as I was shutting down for the evening.! 

NancyJo - Happy Birthday!! I could not recall the artist who sang a Happy Birthday song my kids liked, but I found this Happy Birthday! - Jazzy Piano Arrangement by Jonny May for you. May your day be blessed and full of joy!

Comment by NancyJo (CVN70) 2 hours ago

B'sNuke, thanks, Sea Sister! I'm touched you remember. <3 I'm so excited for you and your family as B takes the big step. I can't wait to see pics of the wedding. Travel safely!

BTW in March I flew to CA as the pandemic was just hitting, I flew to the east coast in June and drove to WY for the 4th of July. You can travel safely! Relax and enjoy!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN 12 hours ago

In case I'm not able to get on tomorrow I want to wish NancyJo a very happy birthday!!!!!  I hope you have an amazing day my friend - I wish I could be there to celebrate with you.  Enjoy your special day - you are loved my friend ;-D

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN 12 hours ago

Hey all - Happy Wednesday! 

Quick check in as we leave at o'dark early for the airport tomorrow heading to MI - Chipmunk, the wedding is on Sunday! I don't enjoy flying much to begin with and I'm really not looking forward to getting on a plane in the middle of a pandemic.  I've got my mask and even got a face shield! Of course plenty of sanitizer and hand wipes and gloves (if I have to use the bathroom) lol! I'm so excited that the wedding is almost here - and I can't wait to see B&C as it's been almost a year.  I'll have pictures to share of course!

Comment by Chipmunk 13 hours ago

SubMom - Thank you!! Hugs in return! 

I as well feel for all of you not able to see your sailors and share in them with their milestones. It is hard for our sailors as well, so may we continue to encourage each other as we encourage our sailors. 

New Adventures - Sorry to hear about your surgery and the change in plans to see your sailor. 

Comment by SubMom 19 hours ago

My heart goes out to all of you that are missing these milestones. We were so very fortunate to be able to visit after each graduation. It’s now been 6 months since our son headed to his new command - 1/2 of it was no contact as he was deployed (sub). Definitely tough for us and our kids. Hugs to all you wonderful Navy Nuke Mamas!!

Comment by Chipmunk 23 hours ago

B'sNukeMom - I lost track but I know the big day is either here, or almost, if not already!!! Anyway, sending lots of love and hugs your way and our best wishes to the new couple!!

Velvetenor - Thanks for sharing what info you do have. Yes, our sailors need us and need to see us as much as we need to see them. My son did not have the normal "10 days" after A school, because they said it had been rolled into their Christmas stand down time - but I beg to differ, due to others who also rec'v that time off and later did have a 10 day leave. But one thing we learn, a lot is just a "luck of the draw" as my sailor would say. My sailor only had a 3 day liberty, and Friday of graduation was still considered a work day, so the liberty was actually Sat - Mon which I had not planned on for our time out there. 

And yes, they have a circumference radius from NNPTC, and in your sailors case it is 50 miles. As for the other details of seeing him, we will wait for your update. All the best as you make plans. He will definitely need his car for Prototype so having it before the rains and such start will be nice for him. 

Comment by Velvetenor yesterday

Hi Northwoodsmom - I will continue saying prayers for your mom and sister, and all of you as you are supporting them through this challenging time!

Thank you, Gigi, for your prayers for my Sailor, too!

My son's A school graduation is mid-August, so he has about a month to go. From what he told us, none of them will get leave after graduation, only a 10-day liberty, which is still restricted to 50 miles from base. Since the current restrictions basically prohibit them from entering any building off-base, we assume that he will need to go back to base every night to sleep, as he cannot stay at the hotel with us if we visit him.

So, what does that leave us? If the restrictions are not eased in another month, it looks like we can drive his car down to him, visit with him outdoors in a park, during the day, while staying socially distant, and maybe bring some take-out for us to eat together at a picnic table. It's not much, but if it is the only thing we can do, then we will do it. I think he needs to physically see us just as much, if not more, than we need to see him, right now.

He is currently checking with his SLPO to see if we definitely have permission to bring his car and visit, and what the exact limitations of that visit will be. I will post here as I learn more, in the hopes that it will help others out, although I am sure things will be changing again anyway. 

Comment by New Adventures yesterday

Northwoodsmom- prayers and hugs ( if that is ok ) to you and your family.  Your mom and sister are in my thoughts.

It is such an odd time. My sailor starts his next school next week.  We had so hoped to see him during T and there was a small window to at least bring some stuff down to him.  Alas my knee kept me from driving.  I had surgery  last week and am still on crutches for now.  But there is light at the end of this tunnel.  

Even out patient surgery and lab work right now is a combinations of frustrating and a touch scary.  For my COVID pre op test at the hospital lab there were actually people with the masks only on their mouths.  I wanted to scream.   Even if yo do not want to ware one how the #$%#% did the hospital not enforce it?

For any other star gazers the Comit and Jupiter will hopefully be viable here tonight soon.  It has been cloudy at night of late so fingers crossed I can see then from my driveway- still can't drive.  Jupiter is so close in theory with  my largest camera lens on the crop factor camera boot I might, maybe, be able to see the "spot"


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