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 Iwo Jima (LHD 7)


USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)

For families and friends of sailors serving aboard the mighty USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7).  New members, be sure to use the information in the Discussion "USS Iwo Jima's Ombudsman Team and the Family Readiness Group (FRG)."   Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom, current group Admin

Location: Mayport FL and everywhere!
Members: 113
Latest Activity: Aug 26, 2019

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Videos

USS Iwo Jima Homecoming December 20, 2012 - a Cox Video Diary

Discussion Forum

USS Iwo Jima's Ombudsman Team & the Family Readiness Group (FRG)

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by ProudMamaD Feb 9, 2018. 2 Replies


Started by FlaNavyMom. Last reply by Nelbie Aug 24, 2016. 5 Replies

OPSEC (Operations Security) guidelines

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jan 23, 2015. 4 Replies

Fun and GATOR Games in August with the USS Iwo Jima!!

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Cmyhero Aug 16, 2012. 2 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) to add comments!

Comment by Sue-Pillowcase lady on April 1, 2018 at 7:57pm

Hello IJ moms!!!  Heads at Ease is mailing to your child's ship once again.  We did it 3 years ago but 1 of the HAE crew has a sailor onboard so we are mailing again.

We have mailed 4 waves so far and we are staring #5 tomorrow.  If any of you sew and would like to be involved we want your help!

Don't sew??  We can use fabric, $ for fabric and $ for shipping.  Thanks!

Comment by ProudMamaD on February 11, 2018 at 11:53am

Hi! I can't help but noticing that the last comment is dated March 19, 2017. I left a comment on the Ombudsman & FRG group discussion forum, but no reply has come...only crickets and tumbleweeds! IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? Am I doing something wrong or is this still a valid group for the USS Iwo Jima? My son just deployed on Feb. 7, 2018, and I was hoping to have interaction with other moms who have experienced this before, especially for some helpful hints on mail and sending packages, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated!  ---Sandra

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 19, 2017 at 1:42pm

Bravo Zulu to the iwo!  

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) was named a recipient of the Battle Effectiveness Award (Battle "E") for the second consecutive year.

The official notification for 2016 came from Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, March 14.

The award is given annually to ships throughout the Navy which sustain a superior performance throughout the year via a consistent exhibition of excellence in wartime capabilities and optimal mission readiness within their respective hull class and region. Iwo Jima Earns Second Consecutive Battle 'E'

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on December 2, 2016 at 9:55pm

Your post today should be good.  Glad I could help!

Comment by NavyMom2013 on December 2, 2016 at 8:31pm

Thanks Marcy for the info on Navy Reserve.  I will join their FaceBook page to gather more info.  If you can think of any other place to gather more data, please let me know.

I also want to stay on Navy4Moms.  Do I have to post to each one of the groups I belong to or will this one post keep me in all my groups?

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on December 2, 2016 at 4:43am

Valued members of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - is being updated and upgraded, and part of this effort is making room for new members.  To do so, members who have not been active since 12/1/15 will be removed but will be able to re-join.  If you haven't posted since that date, please do so right away if you want to remain an active member!  This is all part of an effort to make the best it can be for everyone, seasoned moms and new members alike.  Thanks and watch for good things to happen!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 13, 2016 at 3:27pm

Welcome SC_girlfriend, and congratulations on his new assignment!  Here's the thing about Navy life - you have to learn about Naval Operations Security, aka OPSEC.  Deployment plans and dates are not to be discussed anywhere on social media.  Your sailor will be your best source of information.  Do take a moment and read the OPSEC guidelines, they are at the top of the list above under "Discussion Forum."  

Just for fun, you can watch a quick video of a day in the life of an LHD at this link:  Reveille to Taps aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).

Comment by SC_girlfriend on June 11, 2016 at 10:24pm
Hi there! My fiancé has been in San Diego and just got orders to USS Iwo Jima. Wondering the deployment schedule or anything about when he will be deployed. Thanks!
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 20, 2015 at 4:37pm

HAPPY HOMECOMING!!  News story, video at this link: 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 17, 2015 at 9:27pm

KrisT1, contact the Ombudsman Team.  They are able to provide the info you need  :)


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