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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 - America's Navy and 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. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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.

Members: 1271
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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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Discussion Forum

Dealing with emergencies

Started by WearsLargeHats. Last reply by Madre May 28, 2018. 4 Replies

Bangor, Washington

Started by Shea. Last reply by Shea May 24, 2018. 2 Replies

Submarine Decommissioning

Started by WearsLargeHats. Last reply by elizabeth77(USS SAN FRANCISCO) Mar 29, 2018. 3 Replies

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Comment by LindaGirl on July 19, 2019 at 8:05am

WearsLargeHats, so sorry to hear this news.  I understand how discouraging this is.  Will be praying that he finally gets his leave and will be able to come home in September.  Keep us posted. 

Comment by WearsLargeHats on July 19, 2019 at 12:23am

Bummer! Our boy was supposed to come home on leave in mid-May, then it was late May, maybe early June, or late June, or sometime in July, definitely 1st of August, no wait, now it is September. If they don't let him take leave in September, he will lose the days.

Comment by ITgal on July 1, 2019 at 11:11pm

CSW, like getting a drivers license with a car with automatic transmission.  Then you get a car with a manual transmission.  You don't have to get a new drivers license, but you need to learn how to operate the stick shift,

Comment by Shea on July 1, 2019 at 5:06pm
CSW yes they always have stuff to qualify for during their career but dolphins are a one time thing.
Comment by CSW on July 1, 2019 at 5:03pm

PS, what does a tuna call a can of people?


Comment by CSW on July 1, 2019 at 5:03pm


Okay, so you just get your dolphins once, but everytime you get a sea assignment you need to do some type of requal?

Comment by Shea on July 1, 2019 at 4:40pm
CSW my son, who’s been in 7 years is currently doing that. He went from being on a fast attack to a boomer. Some things are obviously the same but many are not. He says it’s a little frustrating and redundant at times but not anything they can’t handle.
Comment by WearsLargeHats on July 1, 2019 at 4:33pm

CSW, I didn't know there was such a thing, however I think being qualified for any watch only counts for the boat they are on. So any time they go to a different sub they have to re-qualify essentially everything. If they are proficient, that is just a routine matter of getting check-offs. If they are rusty from shore duty or shipyard time, or going to new equipment / different class, then there would be training and supervised watches involved.
All part of being a Submariner. I wouldn't worry about it.

Comment by Shea on July 1, 2019 at 3:45pm
Love it!!
Comment by CSW on July 1, 2019 at 2:14pm

Hi all,

Anyone have any info on requal for second sea duty? How extensive is it?


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