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

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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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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:


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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!

Comment Wall


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Comment by Chipmunk 28 minutes ago

Remind me again of what it means for them to earn their "dolphins". Is this just for subs, my son hasn't mentioned anything about that. He is an ETN and just trying to finish up his boards so he can become senior qualified RO. He was hoping to be done by his 3 yr mark the end of June, but he is also facing delays due to COVID.  

I feel for those that are wanting to stay in and get their extra time or make a career of this. I don't understand the thinking always. My sailor never intended to stay extra and yet he is urged around every corner to do his star reenlistment and is getting his quals done and others who want to stay in are struggling to get what they need.  

Comment by WearsLargeHats 11 hours ago

bigsky21 -- my son is out there on a sub that is in the decommissioning process. He has been hoping for orders for over a year. That and the covid thing hasn't been great for his career. Things are looking up a bit, but that is as much as I think I am at liberty to say.

Comment by Chipmunk 12 hours ago

CSP509 - we tag team drove my daughter's car that she was giving to her brother and our other car. One of our daughter's went with us as well. We just spent a quick weekend and that was before restrictions. We live in OK, so it was about a 15 - 16 hour drive, I don't recall now. I know others have had cars shipped, hopefully they will chime in soon.

Bigsky21 - I am sorry to hear this.

Comment by CSP509 16 hours ago

Good afternoon Ladies! I have not been posting much, but I have been following the posts. Question: My son would like to have his car shipped to GC. Do you have any suggestions which carrier company should I use that's reliable and doesn't cost a fortune? We live in Connecticut. Thank you in advance.

Comment by CSW 18 hours ago

Oh, got it.  I still think they can be provisional, but maybe that's what you can ask?

Comment by bigsky21 18 hours ago

CSW he earned his dolphins a couple months’s another qual he’s working on....

Comment by CSW 19 hours ago

Bigsky is this for his fish?  I understand they can earn provisional quals and then once on an underway confirm.  My sailor earned his fish in drydock and has not been on a ride to do it.  It did, however, take a bit longer than he expected because of Covid and he wouldn't send me any photos because they all had masks on.

Comment by ProudOfK 19 hours ago

Bigsky21 - reading about your sons experience makes me understand more why my son is not eager to extend his contract beyond the initial 6 years.  My heart truly goes out to both you and your son. 

Comment by bigsky21 20 hours ago

Talked to my son last night, he’s a little down because a deadline is approaching for qualifying and he’s not going to meet it. He’s out in Bremerton and his sub is in dry dock...what he has left has to be done underway apparently, and all rides on other boats are currently suspended. I said surely that’s taken into consideration, and he said some people don’t see it that way. Not sure what that means, but it hurts to hear him sounding so down and there’s nothing I can do about it :( There’s a lot of other stuff going on around him as well with quarantining and such. Difficult times for sure!

Comment by NancyJo (CVN70) 21 hours ago

Let me tack on to JayDee's comment about chillin' with friends. My son has been in now for 10 years and he has made friends with people that will be his friends for life. For my SIL it has been the same. Through the stress and depending on each other strong bonds are forged. My son never really had trouble making friends but these friends are different. I'm very gratified.

B'sNuke is right on. The military works in ways that we on the outside just don't comprehend, especially when it's our kids getting the treatment. But just as they came out of BC as new people, that continues to be forged throughout  the pipeline. We are the anchors they have at home giving encouragement and support. They'll be OK. Maybe they all won't go all the way through the nuke pipeline, that happens sometimes, but regardless of where they come out they just want to know we are here. Hang in there, Mamas!


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