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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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.)

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




San Diego Moms/SOs

We had another group for the moms and significant others based in San Diego or with sailors based in San Diego. But it disappeared! So I'm starting a new one so that all of us in San Diego or with loved ones here can connect!

Location: San Diego
Members: 224
Latest Activity: Feb 15, 2023

Discussion Forum


Started by Dianemw. Last reply by Mythreesons Jul 18, 2019. 1 Reply

Hi! I would really like to see my son off for deployment and of course welcome the ship back when the time comes. Does anyone know how that works? Are we able to get on base for those events?Continue


Started by Alison❤️⚓️ Oct 25, 2018. 0 Replies

Hi just curious can you stil send mail even if the ship is in yards??thanks ⚓️Continue

Apartment Living in San Diego

Started by mcmomma. Last reply by Kiki92 Oct 12, 2018. 4 Replies

My sailor just got to San Diego July 18th and will be moving into an apartment on August 20th.  Anyone know anything about the 525 Apartments?  I can't find 525 Apartments but I found 5025 Apartments…Continue

visiting my son in San Diego

Started by Natasha. Last reply by Dianemw Sep 29, 2018. 25 Replies

Hey guys! We plan on visiting my son in San Diego this Summer. I really need advice on where to stay and any discounts we can get through him (if any). I have heard that we may can stay at the Navy…Continue

Comment Wall


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Comment by Oleander on March 16, 2016 at 3:57pm

What is she going to school for in great lakes? My daughter is DC -- Damage Control

Comment by EllieProudMamaofSuperNavyGirl on March 16, 2016 at 3:39pm

what do you mean? sorry  I still get those confuse, E1 I believe

Comment by Oleander on March 16, 2016 at 3:30pm

Hi Ellie, my daughter is on an amphib too, but  smaller than your daughter's ship. What's your daughter's rate?

Comment by EllieProudMamaofSuperNavyGirl on March 16, 2016 at 2:59pm

Hello everyone! my daughter was station in san Diego, she's still in A school in  great lakes IL and has about 8 more weeks to go her ship is USS Boxer LDH and I was just wondering if anyone had more info about the ship or if there's any other families with Sailors assigned to the same ship, any information will be greatly appreciated Thanks!

Comment by Christine Proud Son of ET on January 2, 2016 at 4:18pm my post below it should say "hull swap" not "hall swap"

Comment by Christine Proud Son of ET on January 2, 2016 at 4:16pm

Happy New Year!!!  My son is currently at Pearl Harbor.  I joined this group when he was in C school in San Diego.  His ship will do a hall swap in March which will bring him back to San Diego where his brother is going to school.  We live in Northern CA so having both the boys so close is great! 

My son came home on 12/31 so we held off opening gifts until then.  We are having a wonderful time and am so happy to have him home.  Time sure goes by fast so I am trying to enjoy every minute.  He and his brother are talking about boing snow boarding.  :)

What are all of you up to?

Comment by Jyssicarm on November 13, 2015 at 7:05pm
I wrote on here before and now . However didn't know exactly what base. I was wondering if anybody knew any decent housing near the north California island base . It's kind of scary trying to find a place a not knowing if it's a good area. Any advice would be great :)
Comment by Oleander on October 6, 2015 at 11:19am

hi nkg4! 

Your son's going to love Coronado! My daughter is across the bridge but goes there on her duty free weekends. Great little restaurants, gorgeous beaches! It's one of our favorite places to visit too! 

Comment by nkg4 on October 6, 2015 at 10:37am

Hello All!

My son is in SD, attached to HSC-14 at North Island as an AM.  He started this past Sept and is the newbie in the squadron.

I have followed the discussions on this site starting with the BC group through PCola and now this group.  It has been helpful and a blessing to be able to read all the comments from the groups and to know that my son will be OK.

Thank you all.

Comment by mom0717 on October 2, 2015 at 4:43pm

hi again...was wondering if anyone knows any reputable and reasonably priced companies that can transport a car to SD? the car is currently in Colorado. thanks!! 


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