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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Surviving Deployment


Surviving Deployment

Location: ohio
Members: 52
Latest Activity: Jul 10, 2017

Discussion Forum

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Started by Navy for Moms Admin Feb 11, 2009. 0 Replies

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Comment by MissMySailor on October 6, 2012 at 12:07am
Great pictures so happy for you that he is back home!
Comment by MissMySailor on June 25, 2012 at 10:16pm

Hi, My son just left for deployment, this is my first and it is a big tug on my heart. Last year I read some thing about moms baking cakes in a jar and sending them with frosting..... Do any of you have the recipe and how to for this I would love to send a bunch of them for my son and his friends.

Any help is so appreciated,


Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 14, 2012 at 9:40am

Happy Valentine's Day to all our sailors!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on January 22, 2012 at 3:35pm

Hi Laura, I haven't b/c my sailor has been on shore duty this year. (Right now he's on a ship,but it's a short deployment.)   Nevertheless, I get the emails when someone posts!   What's up with you and your sailor?  Deployed now or coming up?

Comment by LLovesmysailor on December 14, 2011 at 3:40pm

As a once upon a time Navy wife, I can say that if you are getting to the point where you don't feel strong. Find a friend, Navy wife or Navy Mom and reach out for support. There is plenty out there, if only you ask.

Comment by Lvemyabej on December 14, 2011 at 12:50pm

not the lincoln. I really cant say on here because there is a pic of him and I and there are some things you cant post here. But word to everyone I believe there is no certain way of surviving deployment because we can always give advice but everyone is different and some can be strong and some cant and some know when enough is enough and some never quit. Dont let anyone judge our decisions because you know what you can handle, All I can say is try to be strong and tell your love one how you feel dont keep it inside.

Comment by sschick02_new navy wife on October 15, 2011 at 2:31am
Living 4000 miles away from home is hard enough; and then my hubby was deployed =[  about half way through so hoping that in no time he will be right back next to me.
Comment by Lvemyabej on October 4, 2011 at 12:20am
My husband is hoping he can too its going to be a long five months
Comment by MissMyHero on October 3, 2011 at 7:26pm
Yeah, my boyfriend is an ABE and I know he'll be working all day long. I hope he can find time to email me at least every other day :[
Comment by MissMyHero on October 3, 2011 at 5:49pm
Of course :] Too bad I'm in Chicago, I'd volunteer to help buy stuff! But the Stennis has been out for a little bit already anyways so at least he's not out to sea for the entire time the rest of the boys are. Care packages are key :] Little things like razor blades and toilet paper would be greatly appreciated. And NEVER forget to send a package without spraying it with his favorite perfume of yours. Please let me know how often he emails you and how tired he gets! I need to brace myself for all this :-P

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