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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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

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Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 22, 2013 at 12:53am

Since homecoming follows deployment, here's a good article for spouses, from  :)   Five Things No One Told Me About Homecoming

I snapped this photo at a homecoming in Norfolk.  Wonder how her feet - and her little toe - felt later that day!  LOL  If you read the article you'll see why it fits here :)

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 16, 2013 at 1:46am


Comment by Dawn on April 23, 2013 at 9:52pm
Thank you Marcy!
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on April 23, 2013 at 8:11pm

Hi and welcome Dawn!  Here's another good group for care packages, recipes and so on, too - Care Package Ideas.

Comment by Dawn on April 23, 2013 at 1:16pm
Hello everyone. I am new to this group but have been on Navy Moms for two years. My son is currently on deployment, and this is our first deployment. It is very difficult but I am proud and counting the days until he returns.

I have been told I can find helpful ideas in your group about shipping home made cookies, so I will be searching for that info.
Comment by Curleytop on April 5, 2013 at 11:45am

Thank you Marcy for the stethoscope information.  We have ordered one for our son.  I have also joined to other group also.  Thanks so much.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on April 2, 2013 at 2:41pm

Oh Curleytop, please know that there are corpsman moms here at N4M who have gone through deployments and are here for you 24/7, so take advantage, that's why they stick with N4M - for each other.  Please join this group!  You'll be greeted with open arms by the moms there who share your concerns and questions, have been through the same experience and who have tons of support to give.

Great idea to get your son a stethoscope of his own!   A corpsman mom who is a nurse recommends this one - not only is it affordable, she says it works as well or better than some expensive ones she's tried; I got this one for my corpsman, too.  And as you mentioned, they will personalize it :)  Here's the link: "Stealth" cardiac stethoscope $29.99 

Remember to breathe, and we'll see you in the other corpsman mom groups - xx Marcy

Comment by Curleytop on March 31, 2013 at 7:23pm


Just found this group.  It has been a rough week.  My youngest is serving as a corpsman.  Found out last week, he will be deploying in the fall.  When he went into service, it left my husband and myself in the empty nest stage also.  To say the least,  I am in a state of shock, but trying to maintain some sanity.  I know I must stay in the present because I only have today.  If I let my thoughts wander to far in the future.  I go down a dark path.

So I have decided to focus on a gift for my son.  He has made it through A-school and FMTB.  I would like to purchase a stethascope for him.  I remember reading TDM bought a certain kind for her son.  One recommended for field use.  I want to engrave it with his name. Any suggestions, Marcy. 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 4, 2013 at 12:19am

The cost to FPO addresses just went up, is now $14.85, or $13.30 if you use Click-N-Ship on  

I know; the shipping cost is daunting when sending a large amount.  Where or on what ship is your son deploying?  You can nominate his ship or unit for adoption by the group Molly's Adopt a Sailor: they will cover your postage if you hold a packing party and follow their rules.  However, you'll be in line behind other units and it wouldn't happen as soon as March.  I was the MAS 'mom of the month' for the adoption of the junior enlisted aboard USS Iwo Jima last August, so I know how you feel!  Molly's Adopt a Sailor covered the postage for our mailing from Arizona (60 boxes), and another 100 from several other states. too.  You can order the large-size priority FPO/APO boxes from in quantities of 10 or 25 to be shipped to you free (click on 'Format' to choose the amount)  -

You'll like this group, too :)

Comment by Melissa on February 2, 2013 at 5:55pm

My son is getting ready to leave San Diego soon for deployment, my daughter and I along with her Navy JROTC have decided to put together 100 care packages by March, Great right? Until we found out it is 16.95 each to send them unless it's an APO/ FPO address anybody have any suggestions that might help?


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