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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How to prepare for deployment!


How to prepare for deployment!

A group to prepare for deployment of our loved ones.

Group Admin:  Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

Members: 100
Latest Activity: Jan 8, 2022

Get ready for deployment!

Use this group to help prepare your Sailor and yourself too.  Learn what we can do to help them, and encourage each other through this time of change and transition! 

Discussion Forum

Deployment Readiness resources from CNIC

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jan 13, 2017. 0 Replies

"Single Sailor Deployment Readiness Checklist"

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jan 20, 2014. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Amanda on October 4, 2017 at 10:47am
I downloaded the booklet, thank you. My sailor is deploying first time, as a reservist with a CR unit. Trying to figure out best way to support him and 10/14 year old kids. Any thoughts ideas greatly appreciated. Also, he's supporting a unit, so no local obudsman that I'm aware of. That being said, the group in Va seems great and active! Wish we were closer. :)
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 4, 2017 at 6:43pm

Pro tip to share with your sea-duty deployed Sailor!  "Use the following, which will allow you to text from your ship's email. It'll save a lot of time when communicating back home if you'd like semi-instantaneous communication."


Verizon: (text-only), number@vzwpix (text + photo)
Sprint: or
Virgin Mobile:

Comment by dukes2013 on February 18, 2016 at 9:45am

Check out my youtube video. It may apply to a few people. Its about surviving deployment with a newborn. Feel free to like, comment and subscribe. Click the link! Hope it helps

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on October 15, 2015 at 3:22pm

The Navy just released a new Deployment Support Handbook that includes checklists for Sailors as well as a ton of information about navigating deployments. You can download the handbook here:  Thanks Beachmom76 for this!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 15, 2014 at 1:09am

Yay Debbie!  Doesn't every dollar store look like an irresistible opportunity now, and every flat space in your house like a potential care-package staging area?  :)   

Comment by Debbie on August 12, 2014 at 6:01pm

Sent first care package out today!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 11, 2014 at 3:02pm

A great pre-deployment checklist for family members:

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 3, 2014 at 12:44am

Here's a link to a series of short video podcasts created to help Navy families adjust to the challenges of deployment - Deployment Support Program: Building Ready and Resilient Sailors an....

Comment by Debbie on June 18, 2014 at 5:13pm

Thanks. I called the NEX & they have them there $20.00 =20 minutes.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 18, 2014 at 5:01pm

Yes, as far as I know.  This link "$20 AT&T Global PrePaid Card for Ship-to-Shore Calling Terms and Conditions" has more information:


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