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."


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




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: 1286
Latest Activity: Jul 8




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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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Comment by LindaGirl on May 12, 2020 at 6:50pm

Catherine, my one son is a sonar tech, currently on Shore Duty in Virginia Beach after being stationed in Hawaii for 5 years, right out of A school. He is re-enlisting later this month in the hopes that he is assigned to a sub at Groton, Conn. next year when his Shore Duty in over in the hopes of being stationed where his younger brother is, so they can share an apartment together, and be closer to home. His second choice is Norfolk, Va. so he can keep his current apartment and stay where he is in Virginia. 

Comment by Catherine on May 12, 2020 at 6:04pm

Thank you Sally & Linda!

My son was really being encouraged by recruiters to go Nuke, but he ultimately signed for SECF (hopes to get ET or Sonar) which I think is a better fit for him.  I'm not on Facebook - been resisting it for years, but maybe this is finally the time to join - hah!

Comment by SallyCG on May 12, 2020 at 3:55pm

Hello all!  News from Charleston is that the Nuke group graduating 5/29/20 received "soft orders" on Sunday (LOL OF COURSE ON MOTHER'S DAY!).  My ETN son is heading to Groton (his 2nd choice) but IS on a sub (which many other peers got Carriers and are salty about that!).  He is pumped!  I am too!  Anyone with kiddos out of CT, please private message me!

Catherine - Mine graduated boot camp August '18 and has been in Nuke school ever since.  Long time but the sub is finally in sight!  Good luck to you and yours!

Comment by LindaGirl on May 12, 2020 at 12:36pm

Catherine, I have 2 sons that are Submariners, so when the time comes, hopefully I can answer any questions you might have.  Things have probably changed because of the virus, so I may not be able to help answer all your questions, but I can try.  One of my sons is actually stationed in Groton, Conn.  Welcome to Sub Mom’s!   There are also a lot of Navy Mom FB groups that you can join, several are exclusively for moms of Submariners. 

Comment by Catherine on May 12, 2020 at 12:07pm

Son, age 20, is heading to Boot Camp in July, then Sub School and A school in Groton, CT.  This is all new to me so will be reading posts and information in this forum and on the N4M website to get educated.  Thanks, in advance, for sharing your knowledge.

Comment by SubMom on May 8, 2020 at 6:55pm

Happy Mother’s Day to each and every one of you!!!

Comment by SubMom on May 3, 2020 at 7:24am

I hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend. We enjoyed being outdoors yesterday and even better we’re able to open windows! I am hoping we have a repeat of that today. 

Comment by Mama4dog on April 27, 2020 at 11:38am

Very much enjoying reading everyone's posts. It's more important than ever to feel like part of a community, as my son prepares for his first deployment. I sure enjoying putting his halfway box together, but it's also been really emotional and I struggle with worrying about him - his safety and health and coping with being so long on the sub. He has lots of friends on the boat so that will help. Congrats to all you navy moms! Aren't we all just the proudest. :) Have a happy and healthy week. 

Comment by CSW on April 27, 2020 at 10:23am

SallyCG-How exciting! Thrilled for you.

I think when they do allow travel there is a 14 day quarantine for movement at the new site after they arrive.  This is evolving so it may also be affected by the state in which the base is located.

Love hearing from all you moms. I am hoping this week will offer some more sunshine and smiles.  I do have to admit I'm kinda liking going to church while still in BED, but miss the real life interaction. 

Have a safe week!

Comment by SallyCG on April 25, 2020 at 8:17pm
Hello! Love to hear from all of you! Sounds like my son is younger than most. He is 19 and graduates from Goose Creek on 5/29. He actually took the big final test on Friday (so hopefully good news on Monday). He would like Bangor Washington, Guam or Pearl Harbor. Seems as though Guam is quite popular!

Not sure how the Covid-19 closure will affect graduation? They might just not have it I guess! Not sure if they’ll allow him to come home for a month or not after graduation?? Wouldn’t he have to quarantine in Ohio once he got home and then quarantine when he got to whatever base he’s assigned to next?

In other Navy news, younger son is being recruited by USNA to swim on their Men’s Swim Team. We are so excited and thrilled! Went to visit in September and again in October for “Junior Day.” He absolutely loved it ALL. Has three backup schools (Utah, Pitt, and WVU all of which want him to swim as well) just in case. Anyone with Naval Academy info please holler at me (esp. if your kid or kid’s friends played a sport there).

Well speaking of Covid-19 I have to go work out.... try to get rid of my Covid-19 POUNDS. All this indoor sitting is stuck around my middle. Hope you all are healthy and happy. Hope your kids are safe and healthy and happy.

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