Safety for your SR (future Sailor) and you!
Sailors LAST names are not allowed anywhere on this site. If your last name is different from your sailors it is still not recommended. This site is publicly viewable...anyone can read the public pages.
FIRST names are allowed but I, and some of the other “veteran” moms, will most often advise you not to use them. So, let’s say you use your last name in your N4M name, post a picture of your SR...call him/her by their first name...it makes it very easy to match them up with you while in Boot Camp.
SR=Seaman Recruit...this is a good way to refer to your loved one while they are in BC.
Why does that matter? Your SR's are trying to get through BC with as little undue attention as possible. "Fly under the radar", so to speak. So...Less is best!
The MOST important reason for being discreet is OPSEC-OPerational SECurity. This is a way of life for us now. It will be for your Sailors career and for some of them, even more so, depending on their individual security clearance. We keep our PIR groups public so that anyone may join and feel welcome. We would rather help you to learn about what is okay to say and what is not on the internet...closed groups or open ones. Even in face-to-face relationships I don't give specifics about my husband or sons military life.
Here is a link to the "Community Guidelines" for N4M:
Here is the link for "OPSEC is everyone’s responsibility" specifically:
Here is a link to the video on OPSEC on this site:
Please take the time to review this information.
Thanks for posting. I just changed my info and picture. I didn't have a last name posted only first but I changed that also.
Good Job! Glad you read it!
You do have your first name in your URL...your http://..
Here is how to change that as well if it makes you feel nmore comfortable.
How to change your URL:
See in the address bar at the top of the screen at the end of the "http" when you pull your page up that your name is at the end of the address?
To change that, go to "Settings"...which is in the list in the far right hand column of this page...under your Username and where you sign out of N4M's.
Once your profile page comes up go to the left and you will see a list of options.
Click "My Page". The third item down is "Address”.
In the box clear the info and type in whatever you want to be at the end of your URL. Your new username is the best idea.
Again click "Save".
Let me know if you need help!
Changed that also! Thanks so much for your help!
Thank you.. I changed my profile picture so I think all is good. I also belong to a private FB page for NavyMoms and they said not to post the ship/div your SR is on. It gets so confusing between the two sites I think I am just going to stay here, plus I read on one of these posts it is so easy to hack a private FB site. Dont post much but I do read alot... LOL