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.


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What's an Ombudsman and FRG and how to contact them


What's an Ombudsman and FRG and how to contact them

So what are an Ombudsman and a Family Readiness Group, and how do I find mine? Scroll down and read. The websites offered in this group at the official Navy FFSC info and much more. FInding out the Ombudsman info is just one of many things Navy families need to know. Read on!

Location: Navy Wide
Members: 149
Latest Activity: Aug 16, 2023

Discussion Forum

How to locate your sailor's Ombudsman and your Family Readiness Group (FRG)

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom May 24, 2013. 1 Reply

Find your Fleet and Family Support Center

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom May 24, 2013. 0 Replies

Contact Your Ombudsman

Started by deeS. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jun 6, 2011. 1 Reply

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Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on January 25, 2018 at 10:48pm

Welcome Phoenixmom, mother always and ReneeHum!  Ombudsmen are the link between a command and a sailor’s family.  Each command, not the base, will have one and the mostly function for communications during deployments.  So for example if your Sailor is assigned to USS Kearsarge which has its home port in Norfolk, Virginia, you would find the ombudsman for the ship, not Naval Station Norfolk.  

ReneeHum is right, your Sailor has to put you on the list.  But you can go ahead and contact the ombudsman if you have a question or concern, just identify yourself and your relationship. You can find yours by following the link ReneeHum gave you or find directions in the Discussion above called “How to locate your Ombudsman etc”.  

Comment by ReneeHum on January 25, 2018 at 8:09pm

Phoenixmom,  just make sure he gives them your info,keep on him and find out there email.  

Comment by mother always on January 25, 2018 at 3:46pm

Good afternoon all!

It’s been a while since I was here...would like to know if there is a group for Atsugi Japan. Thank you

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 25, 2018 at 12:37pm

Oh Geez Really, I wonder why they said I can just join, well thank you for the information, let's see how long this takes LOL! I am guessing it will be just as Long UGH!

Comment by ReneeHum on January 25, 2018 at 12:29pm

Phoenizmom hi welcome, he has to give them your name an email. Goo luck took my son months to do

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 25, 2018 at 11:41am

Good Morning Folks, I am New here on this site, My son is in Great Lakes finishing up on his A school, was told he will be leaving to San Diego once done. I was told that I should sign up with the Ombudsman for San Diego to be on the list of receiving information. So my Question is How do I go about this. This is a New Journey for me and not sure what to do. He will be a EM if that makes a difference. can someone pleased help me.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on September 2, 2016 at 11:33pm

"September is Ombudsman Appreciation Month. Thank you to our Navy ombudsmen, who volunteer their time and work tirelessly to improve the readiness of our commands and the resiliency of our Navy families. Learn more about the Ombudsman Program and contact your ombudsman at"  From Navy Fleet and Family Readiness

Comment by deeS on January 5, 2016 at 10:12am

To locate an ombudsman, go to, and click on the link for Contact Your Ombudsman.  You'll be able to locate the command by region, then alphabetically by command name.  The site allows you to send an email to the ombudsman and they are expected to respond to your email with 24-48 hours.  If they do not have an ombudsman, the site administrator will be notified and arrange contact for you with either a command member or the installation Ombudsman Coordinator.  

Comment by ReneeHum on January 5, 2016 at 9:53am

Im trying to find the Ombudsman for Piont Mugu,CA . Can someone get me to the write page? Thanks

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 3, 2014 at 9:55pm

Here's a good slideshow with info and tips from Naval Operations Security (OPSEC):  Facebook Privacy and Account Settings - updated February 2014.


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