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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Sub Moms

Welcome to the deep, silent world of submarines!  If you're new to this world, start by reading the "Pages" of info found in the right-hand column, below the strip of member avatars.

We welcome your questions.  But, while you're here, maintain silence... don't slam doors or the lid on the toilet!


Group Administrator: Kaye S. Kaye S.

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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!  Thanks, Kaye S.






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Roll Call: Name your sailor's sub!

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Personal Storage on Fast Attack Subs

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Personal Storage on Fast Attack Subs

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submarine visits to foreign ports

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Comment by WearsLargeHats on October 11, 2020 at 5:32pm

Finally, after more than a year of waiting, our son has shore-duty orders to ****** Virginia, where he will be ******* at *******. It will be good to have him in the same time zone and only a few hours drive away. 

Comment by SubMom on July 8, 2020 at 1:08pm

Our son recently returned from deployment and it has been wonderful talking with him. A friend of mine said she didn't know how we went so long without any contact - honestly we don't know either. Fact is, like everyone else on this page, it's what we had to do. Now we need COVID-19 to go away so we can visit :)

Comment by John and Yvonne on May 13, 2020 at 11:06pm


We hope that when he gets back he will be able to explore the island! And of course the beaches! 

Yvonne and John

Comment by Catherine on May 13, 2020 at 7:26pm

Thanks again for all the info. I need to spend some time  learning how to navigate this site. Seems to be a mixture of older (out of date?) info and new stuff.  Will be exciting to learn where he will ultimately be stationed!  Think he is interested most in fast attack subs. His first big adjustment will be living in Groton, CT for A-School given that we are from the desert Southwest!  Am sure school will keep him pretty busy (and he won't have a vehicle) but hoping he gets to explore outside of the base a little. Husband and I also hope to visit him there at some point.

Stay safe everyone!

Comment by CarlaB on May 13, 2020 at 7:13am

John and Yvonne - my son has only been in Hawaii less than a year and was deployed for 6 months, and then COVID-19 has had them all isolated since shortly after he got back from deployment so he really hasn't had a chance to get settled yet.  He is leaving again soon to ride along with another boat for a change of home port, so will be gone for a couple of months again.  Someday hopefully he gets the chance to get settled and enjoy it!

Comment by LindaGirl on May 12, 2020 at 10:39pm

Catherine, keep in mind, as a single sailor going so far away to Hawaii sounds exciting and adventurous, but for many young, single sailors, this is their first assignment away from home, besides boot camp and A school and it can sometimes be overwhelming and frightening, until they make friends and are actually working on a sub for what they are trained for.  For married sailors with or without a family, it is an adventure, as you have a family to come home to at the end of the day, someone who you know is waiting for you. You can explore together, knowing that you have a spouse who has your back.  A single sailor does not have that support which makes it more difficult for them being so far from home, without family support, but from a distance. 

Comment by John and Yvonne on May 12, 2020 at 10:00pm

CarlaB, My husband and I were stationed in Hawaii twice and we loved it! There is so much to see and so many beautiful beaches and the water is wonderful! And there's the opportunity to see the other islands also.  My husband was actually the Sub-base chaplain from '87 to '90. He loved it! I hope your son can find great things to see and do!

John and Yvonne

Comment by CarlaB on May 12, 2020 at 9:35pm

Welcome Catherine. My son was being encouraged to go Nuke as well, but didn't want to do that either.  He also signed for SECF and really wanted FT and that is what he got.  He is currently stationed in Hawaii on a fast attack sub. He got to Hawaii last July and headed out on Deployment in August for 6 months. Hawaii was his first choice coming out of A-school and he graduated top of his class so that's where he ended up, and now he's not sure he loves Hawaii.  It is really hard for them to know until they get there. 

Comment by Cath Bubblehead mom on May 12, 2020 at 8:25pm
Welcome Catherine! My son has been in for 6 ½ years. He was on a boomer out of Kings Bay and is now on a sub tender out of Guam. He definitely likes the tender (a surface ship) to being under water. He just returned from a long deployment. There are many moms here who can answer questions!
Comment by LindaGirl on May 12, 2020 at 7:50pm

Catherine, he couldn’t wait to get back to the mainland.  He missed the 4 seasons we have here in New England, he missed his friends and family, as Hawaii is so far away, that he wasn’t able to come home as often as he would have liked.  Because Hawaii is so expensive, he did like the benefits of the pay he was making because his “cost of living” allowance was so much more then other Duty stations, plus he was getting more money, being he was on a sub, getting the extra sub pay. When he came back to the States his pay was cut by almost 25% - 33% because he wasn’t on a sub anymore and was no longer living in Hawaii.  Like he said, You are stuck on a big Island filled with tourists, Military, and the locals, who don’t exactly like the Military.  Once you see all of the Island, there is no where else to explore.  My son is a winter person, enjoying all the winter sports, not so much a summer person, unless you are into the beach and surfing. He does miss the friendships he made on his sub, but they all leave eventually  as well, either to another Duty Station, or they are getting out of the Navy. 


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