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.



Michigan Moms (and Family)


Michigan Moms (and Family)

Seeking all Michigan Moms!!!!!!!! Got a question... want to chat with others from Michigan.. Moms, then join us!!!!!

Please, if you no longer want to be a part of N4M's consider NOT deleting your profile as everything you have ever posted will disappear when you delete it .  You can leave a group but don't permanently delete your profile!

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Latest Activity: on Monday

Welcome come on in start a discussion, ask questions and answer a few too!!!!!!!

HAVE FUN !!!!!!


In the event of an emergency within the sailor’s family, where you feel the sailor must be notified and considered for Emergency Leave, you must notify the American Red Cross through the national headquarters in Washington, DC (1-877-272-7337) or via their website

Discussion Forum

Baseball Game/Military Appreciation

Started by Kim F. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) Jul 23, 2018. 11 Replies

Parents with SR at GL

Started by Miproudnavymom. Last reply by MaeJay Mar 23, 2016. 7 Replies

Ride home from Great Lakes on December 19-20, '14?

Started by InquiringMind. Last reply by Lorraine Mar 18, 2015. 6 Replies

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Comment by Paulette,Rob's Mom on November 18, 2008 at 12:40pm
Tanya, you will always be a part of the mich group. Just remeber us when you get someplace warm. You will enjoy CT. My cousin was stationed there a long time ago and said it is very nice, and from your other post in the Groton gr you know it will be nice. What day are you leaving to go for thanksgiving? My son robert is in Groton also he will graduate BESS on Dec 5th, hope to have him home for Christmas.Safe trip
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on November 14, 2008 at 4:05pm
Hey Gretchen, she could be a Sonar Tech. If so you may want to join the STG group on this site. Alot of great ST moms in there, they can answer questions for you.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on November 11, 2008 at 1:28pm
Hi Ladies, some of us have been around here long enough to remember the promotion that Build-A-Sign ran that offered a FREE banner for your sailor. They provided 10,000 of them for just the cost of shipping ($10). We were lucky to get one (maybe someday I'll get to use it!!!) but I just found out in honor of Veteran's Day they are providing 20,000 banners just for the cost of shipping. This are nicely done and can be reused over and over again depending on what message you have put on them. If you would like one, I would encourage you to order them soon as they will go quickly.

Here's the info for you...
Go to and order a free banner. Excellent quality, shipping charges were about $10. I believe on their website they have them priced at $65, I should our banner to a sign maker and he said locally they are charging $100 for that size banner.
Comment by CathieRenee on November 10, 2008 at 10:50pm
Hi everyone, my name is Cathie and I live in the Grand Rapids area. My son, Troy, has been in the Navy 4 1/2 yrs. He is aircrew and is currently stationed in TX. He recently returned from his second deployment and was able to come home on leave for a couple of weeks. I am looking forward to learning my way around this site and talking with other MI moms.
Comment by Paulette,Rob's Mom on November 10, 2008 at 11:02am
Hi all, Another group that I just join is tHE BLUE STAR MOTHERS. There is a chapter in St Clair that cover most of the five eastern counties, but I am sure there are other groups in the state.It is for moms of all the services and if you google it you will get the web site. They are chartered by congress and it is very interesting. We meet the first Tuesday of the month, next meeting is Dec 2nd, at the American Legion hall in St Clair at 6pm. Thats just south of Port Huron.
Jackie my son Rob is in Gronton now studing to be a submariner. Waht job does Erik have, what boat? Rob plans on being a missle tech.
Potluck sounds good.
Comment by Paulette,Rob's Mom on November 2, 2008 at 9:22am
Hi Mikal, Welcome. My son Robert graduated from Yale last May, we live just down the road in Emmett. If I can be of any supprot let me know. Robert Graduated BC in October and is now in Groton, CT for BESS training for subs. If all goes well he will be a MT(missel tech) on a boomer sub in about a yr or so. What grade is Tysin in? Robert says he is haveing a great time, BESS and A school seem to be like college as they have more freedom then in BC. What does your son want to do in the Navy? You'll love this site all the moms are really helpful and supportive. If you have any questions or concerns just post it someone will know the answer. Welcome.
Comment by MarianneKT's Mom on November 1, 2008 at 9:03pm
Katie did everything pretty much on her own. She took charge of everything. Once she graduated in June (Luthern High Westland), she spent the summer with her big sis up in Saulte Ste Marie, where Alicia is going to nursing school at LSSU. They worked together and lived together in an apartment. This was a growing experience as well. Every 2nd week of the month she would fly down for the required Wednesday visits. She returned home just after the big Machinac Bridge Walk. She joined a gym, tried to work on all the PT training for the tests before leaving for BC. Visited her friends at college, family, etc. Katie didn't let any negative remarks from family (I come from a family of 9 children) or friends discourage. Katie believed in herself and her Dad and I supported her, as well as her sister and brothers. How can you not support your child when they choose to serve their country and others. God be praised that they want to do something wonderful with their life!
Comment by MarianneKT's Mom on November 1, 2008 at 7:55pm
Hi my daughter Katie is at BC and will be doing A school for DC at GL. She is in Div 903 Ship 6. We are from Ypsilanti.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on October 30, 2008 at 10:37am
Congratulations Colleen!!! Safe travels to GL and enjoy!!

Ohhhhhh...Frankenmuth - how I miss our annual outings there!
Comment by Squid's Mom - Rehne' on October 29, 2008 at 10:22pm
I am going to Frankenmuth on the 16th of November with my friend (and ex-sister-in-law). That is about as central w/shopping I can think of.

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