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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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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 Essex Navy Moms


USS Essex Navy Moms

Moms who's sons or daughters are on the Uss Essex.

Members: 77
Latest Activity: Apr 1, 2021

Discussion Forum

need ship address to send gifts

Started by solafgerk. Last reply by Mamaof6pack2rSailors Jul 8, 2015. 5 Replies

Christmas gifts

Started by mtdiane. Last reply by AuntieJ Nov 29, 2011. 3 Replies

my daughter in te USS ESSEX

Started by goitia67. Last reply by goitia67 Mar 22, 2011. 3 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Elle on May 4, 2018 at 10:20pm

I’m coming to San Diego this month to see my son. He’s assigned to the USS Essex. Where should I book a hotel that puts me as close to the base as possible, closest to where the Essex is located? 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on May 4, 2018 at 3:36pm

Is the Essex in San Diego?  If so maybe one of the San Diego groups would be good for you to join.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on May 4, 2018 at 3:28pm

Elle - this group doesn't seem to be active.  Are you on FB?  There is a group for the USS Essex.

Just google USS Essex and the FB group will pop up.

I'll look around and see if there's another group on here that might benefit you.

Comment by Elle on May 4, 2018 at 2:22pm

If I want to visit my sailor who is assigned to the USS Essex where should I book a hotel? 

Comment by Elle on May 3, 2018 at 2:05am

Hello - I’m new to this site so I need your help please - 

my sailor has only been on the ship for a couple of months 

and I can’t stop worrying about how he’s really handling this 

transition to ship life ... I have so many questions that I’d 

really like to address but need to learn how to maneuver 

around the site.  I’m so happy to have gotten to this point of

finding a group for the USS Essex 

Comment by Momma TS on December 4, 2016 at 12:20pm
Is this page still active or is it strictly on Facebook now?
Comment by Vickie360 on August 15, 2015 at 3:10pm
My son said he has lost weight but hasn't said anything about being hungry.
Comment by Sue-Pillowcase lady on August 9, 2015 at 10:21am

thanks Vickie.  We are doing the Rushmore next, then the Anchorage as they all are carrying the 15th MEU.  We can still use some help with sewing, fabric and shipping $.

Thank you!

Comment by ValK on August 9, 2015 at 7:26am

Has anyone heard from their sailor that he or she is hungry. I'm hearing comments about half servings & losing weight.  Time to send another care package.

Comment by Vickie360 on August 8, 2015 at 2:16pm
Thank you, thank you!!! I posted something on our ship's casual conversation site to let them know what you have done!

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