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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.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

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NROTC

A place for past, present and future mom's of NROTC students to exchange information and support. Family, friends, and others can gather general information about Navy ROTC and officer programs. Everyone is welcome !!

Members: 156
Latest Activity: Aug 11

Discussion Forum

How to pick NROTC units for scholarship app?

Started by rudyinok. Last reply by Suzie Nov 20, 2018. 31 Replies

Hello :)  I am very new to this forum, but my son has been wanting to be a Navy officer for several years now.  He is now a junior at a special math and science high school.  He will graduate from this high school in May 2014.  so, this coming…Continue

PRK for Aviation

Started by willysmom. Last reply by 2017Commission Aug 18, 2017. 8 Replies

Hi my son is a sophomore at USC and is planning on applying for flight school (I'm sure that is not the correct term for it) but he will need prk or lasik. He has been told that either is fine and that we just find a doctor to do it and get it…Continue

Looking to join navy, need help

Started by Hopefulnavyrecruit. Last reply by 2017Commission Aug 18, 2017. 1 Reply

Hello everybody. Thanks for reading this, I'll try to keep it short.I am 17 years old, and I did not receive a normal, steady, education because of moving around so much all the time as a kid. I finally learned fractions last year, and am now on…Continue

Son not selected for NROTC scholarship

Started by luckymomx4. Last reply by Suzie Aug 2, 2017. 13 Replies

Our youngest son, Mark wasn't selected to receive the Navy ROTC Scholarship. He applied to 5 colleges and so far has received letters of acceptance to 3 so far. No clue as to why. We really thought he was going to get it. He applied in August 2015…Continue

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Comment by lasersailor on May 14, 2019 at 11:21pm

Looking at the political events and military funding, this is not a surprise. The rush to get a task force to the Persian Gulf, the recent launch of a ballistic missile by the North Koreans and the lack of naval ships can play havoc with training. The reduction of military funding, the poor state of ships, the lack of training opportunities that resulted in collisions of navy ships on deployment a few years back revealed that there wasn't enough personnel and ships to meet peacetime requirements. Lately events have resulted in more demands for overseas support so midshipman cruises are suffering.

Comment by Glenni on May 14, 2019 at 9:51pm

Anybody else in here have 2nd class midshipmen this summer? Is it as crazy for your mids as it is for mine? At first there wasn't going to be a 2nd class cruise, just SeaTrials. Then no sea trials just a cruise, then both. He was scheduled to leave tomorrow for a sub cruise, and it got cancelled late yesterday. Sea Trials is cancelled, too. Is everybody's summer this crazy??

Comment by Alaskan Mom on November 18, 2018 at 9:30pm

Claire24,  I replied on your post in another group but thought I would put it here also......

Hi Claire24.  My daughter was commissioned in 2013 through NROTC at her University.  She was Commissioned on Saturday and Graduated from school on Sunday.  NROTC kids often have a different experience than OCS kids.  Your son's service selection (job area) will dictate his post commissioning timeline.

My daughter's service selection was Surface Warfare Officer, so soon after she chose her ship at ship selection day in February she received her orders to her ship.  She graduated from college in Early May and had to be at her ship in Norfolk Virginia on June 7th.  However she was assigned to her NROTC unit starting the Monday after Graduation and she had to go "work" there every day until her PCS leave started on about June 1st, giving her about a week of leave to move out of her apartment and make her way half way across the country to Virginia. PCS = Permanent Change of Station. She was essentially a full time US Navy officer from the day she was commissioned.  She did not get any leave after graduation, except to move to her ship.    This does however vary by their job choice.  Some of the pilots she commissioned with did not have to report to duty for a year or 18 months after they graduated as their was a training backlog . They however did not get paid until they reported, and had to find other jobs etc.  

Your son should find out which service he has selected and been granted by Christmas, and that will give him a better idea of the when etc.   He also should be able to get good information from his ROTC unit about what he should expect his post commissioning timeline will look light, based on his service selection.  

The BIG lesson here is.... once they are commissioned, the Navy owns them and the Navy will be in charge of the where and when.  It isn't negotiable based on individual or family needs or desires, it is based solely on Navy needs.  This continues throughout their career.  For us moms it can be a hard pill to swallow, but it is so rewarding to watch them grow and develop!

Good Luck!

Comment by Claire24 on November 18, 2018 at 9:15pm

Anyone have a recently-graduated student? I'm curious what your experience has been with how things flowed following graduation/commissioning. When did they receive their orders? How soon did they head to their school of training or assignment? What was their first year like following graduation?

Thx!

Comment by Glenni on August 19, 2018 at 8:45pm

CORTRAMID was a fabulous experience! My MDSN went to Norfolk, but was sent to San Diego for sub week. Then after Marine week at Camp LeJeune, they boarded an amphibious assault vessel that was coming home from deployment to head back to Norfolk. He absolutely loved it! Now we are heading into his third class year.

Comment by Glenni on July 10, 2018 at 9:49am

Anybody here have a Midshipman leaving for Norfolk tomorrow?

Comment by Glenni on May 26, 2018 at 10:09am

Thanks!

Comment by J/J Mom on May 24, 2018 at 6:04pm

Glenni -- Son went to Norfolk.  

Comment by Glenni on May 15, 2018 at 1:13pm

Thank you, J/J Mom. Was he in San Diego or Norfolk?

Comment by J/J Mom on May 5, 2018 at 3:18pm

When our son went thru CORTRAMID i managed to get 1-2 letters to him.  The last one caught up with him 3-4 months later cuz it missed him at his last location.  

It was a few years back, but if i remember correctly, a couple of the weeks he could text us and let us know he was ok, but not really much communication until he was back to the Unit at the end.

 

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