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




USS Bataan LHD-5

Group for family members of Sailors who are on the USS Bataan (LHD-5)

Members: 144
Latest Activity: Aug 25, 2019

I decided to start this group to see who else may have a Sailor on this ship; or heading to this ship.

Granted, we may be a bit limited to what we can discuss openly online, but if nothing else, may be a good way to connect and network off-line as well.

Make sure to not disclose advance ship movements or other OPSEC issues.

My son is an FC2 on this ship.

Discussion Forum

Possible Deployment, USS Bataan 2014

Started by GoNavy. Last reply by Yasminie5 Dec 20, 2014. 17 Replies

Bataan Ombudsman and FRG Contact

Started by bataanomb Feb 2, 2014. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by MamaValley on October 20, 2017 at 1:20pm

Hi - my son has been on the Bataan for the past couple of years.  I am hearing the same thing... because of the carriers, PPV space is limited.  Right now they are staying on the ship but I am guessing that when they go into dry dock the Navy will bring in barges for the sailors to sleep on.  That is where he lived for the first 6 months of being on the Bataan.

Son came home to drive his car back to Norfolk.  In the past he has been without a car and it can be a pain if they don't have friends with a vehicle to get around.

Mama Valley

Comment by paigec on October 18, 2017 at 9:06pm

Does anyone have any experience with their sailor living on the ship while its docked in the shipyard as opposed to the naval base? I've been told there is "NOTHING" at the shipyard and that a car is of upmost importance!! I was also told that the waiting list for a room on base is two miles long.

Comment by paigec on October 7, 2017 at 5:03pm

Daughter made it to the ship last night and is exploring the base as I type. She had a heck of a travel day yesterday but survived with much support from all those she was in contact with. 

Comment by paigec on October 5, 2017 at 10:54pm
Forever proud...Thank you so much for checking on that and the great information!!! Not looking forward to my girl leaving again but i know she'll be in good hands.
Comment by Forever proud on October 5, 2017 at 10:16pm
Ok I spoke with the Ombudsman. She said for the new to Bataan folks to contact one of them to get oriented in the right direction. Email either of them at or
Comment by Mar3n1 on October 5, 2017 at 8:38pm
Thanks Forever proud much appreciated. My son leaves tomorrow to report and I'm kind of an anxious mom he doesn't think to share much details. I usually have to go find stuff out for myself. I love that kid but if I waited on him I would still be sitting at the MEPS center.
Comment by Forever proud on October 5, 2017 at 4:10pm

hey everyone!  been FOREVER since I have been here.  My son has now been with Bataan for almost 4 years.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to hit me up!  


Comment by Forever proud on October 5, 2017 at 4:06pm

paigec - my son is with the Bataan.  Not sure why the emails aren't working, but try reaching the Ombudsman Danielle Holt.  I have messaged her to see how you can get in touch with her and/or the ship command.  I'll let you know as soon as I hear back.  Welcome aboard!

Comment by paigec on October 4, 2017 at 8:03pm

My daughter was instructed to email the USS Bataan to request a sponsor prior to arriving on base. We attempted to do this but the email is undeliverable for a variety of reasons. Anyone have any suggestions or experience in this area?

Comment by Mar3n1 on September 26, 2017 at 10:59pm
paigec... My son is a MMFR and he says to me Mom quit over acheiving.. Because I keep looking stuff up. I told him I'm just trying to be ready for everything because I'm Proud. Truly I'm just anxious and nervous and its how I deal with it.

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