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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Amphibious (Gator Navy)


Amphibious  (Gator Navy)

A place were we family members with Sailors on amphibious boats can come and talk ask questions and just hang out.. so anyone out there with a loved one on a amphibious jump on in lets share stories..

Members: 151
Latest Activity: Jul 6, 2023

Discussion Forum

How to Communicate with a Sailor on Ship Deployment

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Tiger Cruise

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Comment by Jarj on February 8, 2020 at 10:25am
Hi Shellyh im looking for the address for USS Oak Hill. I saw it online. But the Im not sure if the box number is accurate
Comment by Oleander on February 8, 2020 at 9:54am

Contact the ship's Ombudsman, you should be able to contact him/her via the ship's Facebook page, but usually the Ombudsman has their own.

Comment by shellyh on February 8, 2020 at 8:21am

Hello Jarj are you looking for the address for USS Bonhomme Richard?

Comment by Jarj on February 7, 2020 at 11:15pm


Does anyone know how to get the ship address of their sailor?

Comment by Alison❤️⚓️ on September 2, 2018 at 10:21am

Hi I’m new to the site my Sailor arrived on 8/25/18.. this is the start of his new journey.. 

Comment by NCali on March 23, 2018 at 12:38am

Hi everyone!

I found a company that can send a care package for free to your sailor if you are short on money or you don't have time to shop and send something to your sailor.  

The company is

I am out of job and I ask for a care package for my son and I got a package sent to him and I also got an email saying that they will be glad to send packages to the other sailors in the unit. 

This is what I received from them (short version of the  emial) and I want to share with all of you. 

Hello N.....

Thank you for requesting a care package from Operation Gratitude!

We would like to send a care package to every member of their unit as well! If you can provide us with a roster of those they serve with, we will gladly fill a box for each of them.

Please submit a Request Package form for each one on the Operation Gratitude website or if it is a large unit send the attached Roster Request form with the new names only and email the form directly to me.

We understand that deployments may get cut short and/or that units may get moved to a different base.  Please notify us immediately if there is a change of address, location or return date.


Thank you for the opportunity to express our appreciation. 

We hope that you can let other units know about our program so that we can support them as well.


Kelly South

Senior Manager Military and First Responder Engagement

Phone 424-488-6079 Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm PST (West Coast)

I called Kelly and she said that I only need to get the First Initial of the sailor and the last name in order for them to receive a package, with the understanding that they are in the same unit because all will be in the same address, she said also that she does not need the rank (for privacy factor).

Feel free to reach out to them if you want your sailor and his unit receive something unexpected :) 

Ask your sailor for their shipmates info and this organization will do the rest.

Hope this info can help!

Comment by Oleander on September 27, 2017 at 10:46am

Morning Alley Cat! I never sent mail to my daughter while her ship was docked but I would think the ship's address remains the same, esp because when a ship is deployed all mail goes to its home port 1st. Then it's bundled and delivered to the ship by helicopter, replenishment ship, or they might receive it at a future port. The address looks something like this:

Rank and Full name of sailor (i.e. PO1 John D. Doe)

USS ..... (Name of ship) (type of ship)

Dep/Div (i.e. Unit XXXXX Box XXX)

FPO AP XXXXX-XXXX (area code)

does that make sense?

Prior to my daughter's deployment they'd go underway for training, sometimes weeks at a time. We typically didn't communicate until she returned to port. Deployment is different, she now has a military email address to use when she has time or security allows.

Comment by Oleander on September 27, 2017 at 1:36am

Alley Cat, Is your son going to be deployed on a ship or on base assigned to a ship? If on base a PO box is definitely a good idea, Most places will hold a package or envelope if it's too large for the box until it's picked up. If deployed, the ship will have it's own specific address, care packages of all sizes are accepted.

Comment by NavyMom2013 on September 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
Sometimes it takes months for stuff to make it to a ship. It seems it arrives faster on deployment than not. Getting the PO box is the way to go. I learned the hard way.
When I send him something I always tell him to look for it otherwise he doesn't make a regular trip off base to the post office.
Comment by mikes mom on August 5, 2017 at 1:31pm
I read about this morning ... Such sad news

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