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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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.



Molly's Adopt A Sailor


Molly's Adopt A Sailor

We adopt a group of DEPLOYED U.S. MILITARY each month and together send a flood of letters and packages - how much you do is up to you!  All of us (Military moms, family and friends) aim for a big boost in morale when our adoptees receive an AWESOME mass mailing of love and support from home. 

For more information email us at

We support all branches - Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard. 

Molly’s Adopt A Sailor on Facebook

Location: Everywhere!
Members: 695
Latest Activity: 3 hours ago

Supporting our military by way of cards, letters and care packages filled with love & support from HOME

This group is the perfect place to learn all the tips and tricks of packing and mailing care packages and most important, to make a difference for those serving.  PLEASE do introduce yourself in the Comments below!!

Click "NEW MOMS READ FIRST!" here or at right under Pages.  Everything you need to know!  Email with any questions.  

Where is the monthly Adoptee Mailing Address?

To access the adoptees' mailing addresses, you first need to join this private group:  MAS We SHIP Love. Once approved, you can always click here for this month's ADOPTEE MAILING ADDRESS (We Ship Love)

Where is the information about this month's adopted unit or ship?

We provide information about each month's Adoptees and their Wish List in the Discussion Forum below.  For the mailing address, see link above:  Adoptee Mailing Address.

What are Packing Parties?

Ask if one is planned in your area, or hold your own with friends and family!  By carefully following a few simple rules and completing our forms, your group's shipping costs to that month's Adoptees will be paid by MAS (must be a group; individuals don't qualify).  To request information, send email to  MAS can also provide you a letter with Federal Tax ID for requesting donations. There is some info. just to the right of this text-underneath the members photo's.. "Packing Party Information" ..Check it out.

What is the most critical or best thing you can send?  Your SUPPORT!

What counts here is the morale of our military and how we can boost it with a touch of love from home.  We have a great time here each month sharing, chatting, planning, packing and mailing our appreciation to our deployed. 

Will you get a 'thank you' from the deployed military who receive your package?

We hope you do but can't guarantee it as they are engaged in their vital work and often in harm's way.  Include your email address in your note (best bet) or add a self addressed envelope (no need for a stamp on it) and paper and pen, and ask if a note is possible in your letter.  Replies and photos from our adoptee Point of Contact (POC) will be posted here and on our MAS Facebook page as they come in.

BOXES: Get APO/FPO large priority-mail boxes at your post office, OR call the USPS - 800-610-8734, say "Order supplies" and then ask for the Military Pack.  They'll send you six priority-mail large boxes for military, tape, and labels, all for free.  You can order cases of 10 and 25 online sent for free, too; choose size under "select format" at right on that page.  Send up to 70 lbs per box (that's 7.7 bricks!) at a discount of $2 below the regular rate. 

Click here for your MAS (Molly's Adopt a Sailor) stickers.  Please print and add these stickers to your boxes - we get new adoption requests when these are seen on dozens of boxes in the mail! 

Questions?  Please contact "PAT L in IL" at  Pat is a wonderful source of information.  She can explain to you how MAS works and get you started.  We have a TON of fun here in our group every month, so jump in and get ready to rock with MAS!!

Discussion Forum

December, 2019 Adoption

Started by Pat L. in IL. Last reply by carols_kitchen Dec 3. 1 Reply

October, 2019 Adoption - Army Group in Iraq

Started by Pat L. in IL. Last reply by Pat L. in IL Oct 29. 5 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on September 10, 2008 at 6:41pm
Hi all, just trying to catch up -

I think postage stamps would be well received by our troops, especially if you are sending them assorted or holiday cards.

Tanya, thanks for joining us - you can write a letter, draw a picture, send a card or care package. The address is listed above - under September sailors. Use the same postage as a package in the US since we are using an APO address.

Angie, sounds like you are working on some great packages. I'd offer to help but already have three boxes going out myself. I get so caught up in this program and think if my kids were over there opening the boxes, what would I send them. Before you know it - my basket is full of goodies!
Comment by carols_kitchen on September 9, 2008 at 10:34pm
Do they need postage stamps if I send over a batch of assorted greeting cards?
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on September 8, 2008 at 2:07pm
That's a great question Toni, I hope our sailors have plenty of access to good water but I don't know for sure. I'll try to do some homework on this for you but I think shipping it could get pricey.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on September 6, 2008 at 5:08pm
Hi Linda, I'm don't have any personal knowledge of these phone cards so if you get more info please share.

Angie, thanks for the info on Blue Star Mother's website!
Comment by CCR on August 30, 2008 at 2:30pm
Hi, I learned from my Army mom sister-in-law to use a vacuum cleaner (a clean one) like a new dustbuster and suck out all the air in the zip lock bags for the cookies I send to Korea, Afghanistan, and GL. This helps keep the peanut butter cookies and others from being just crumbs when they get them if you do not stack them but only put them 1 cookie thick throughout the bag.
I hope this hasn't been posted, if it has, sorry for the redundancy.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on August 30, 2008 at 10:15am
Mother Mary, In my mailings to the August Sailor. I addressed it exactly the way we listed it. Which meant Billy's name first and then "any Sailor" on the next line. My post office did not give me any trouble with that. I have heard others report that they made them stratch out the Any Sailor. So just to be safe, inside my boxes, I also wrote Any Sailor as well as a letter to them in each box.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on August 22, 2008 at 9:18am
Molly, is enjoying her sailor who is at home on leave for the first time so just wanted to comment on a few posts ...

Teresa, from what I understand the box is addressed to one Sailor who distributes it among the group that he represents. As far as dvds, they may watch them together but I bet those dvds get a lot of mileage on them as they can pass them among the troops and many can enjoy! Sounds like you have a wonderful care package in the works.

DeeDee, do you know if these corpsman have joined the program? It is easy to do and all the details are listed on their site, please ask them to check it out if they have not already enrolled in the program.

Pat, I bet that care package for your day care kids will make a few eyes swell up! From the mouths of babes, I'm such it will touch many hearts.
Comment by Pat L. in IL on August 18, 2008 at 2:38pm
Dear Molly, Just finished packing a box with my daycare kids. They all either wrote a letter or colored a picture. I am sitting here with the biggest lump in my throat at the things they wrote. I told them to write anything they wanted. They all thanked the sailors without being prompted!! I am so amazed....these kids get it!!
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on August 16, 2008 at 12:48pm
Yippee, a nice quiet Saturday at our house so I was able to take the time to put together the boxes for our sailors. Sending two out this afternoon, one with food stuffs and the other full of hygenine items...gotta have our Sailors looking good!
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on August 15, 2008 at 5:51pm
ditto, ditto, ditto

I wonder who enjoys it more the sailors that receive our letters and packages or us preparing them?! It is such a wonderful mission that we are on ladies!

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