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."

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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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.



Now it’s complete! Had to post one letter every Sunday to remind me how many weeks you’ve gone to BC and how many weeks more to complete. 8 weeks wheew without seeing you. We made it! Hooyah!

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Comment by Gigi on July 2, 2020 at 9:22pm
That’s his headboard, to be honest I started putting it up on the 3rd Sunday, for I couldn’t even look upstairs to see his room hence getting inside. But my batch was luckier he has his phone still during the quarantine. So my great silence was only a week and a half (his 3rd week and Tuesday of 4th week) then I got the form letter. Of course not lucky enough for an airport reunion and no live PIR. Thank you
Comment by Chipmunk on June 30, 2020 at 11:50am

Aww, Gigi, that is a neat idea!! I love it!!  I feel so much for all of you that are not able to see your sailors after graduation. I did not find out about this group until the week before my son's PIR - when I was done with wedding #2 for the summer and had time to start finding out what to expect and any information that I needed to be able to sustain me through what I knew would probably be a weekend that would not live up to my expectations and I don't deal with change well at all. When I found out that those sailors who stayed in GL had extra time with their families, it was really hard. The one thing that kept me going was knowing that I would get to see my son at PIR and then that we would get to see him maybe at Christmas and then saw him in March / April for his A school graduation. I actually made a total of 4 trips to SC, once was to take his car to him, and several other trips. This stretch from last Christmas until now, without the possibility of a summer visit is the longest we have actually gone without seeing our sailor in person. It is hard, but I have also adapted fairly well - it is easier to deal with not seeing him, than it is to not see my grandbaby! But I had those opportunities to see my sailor and those of you that are being shut off from it - It is hard! I won't deny that. So anything to help you through, facetime, email messages, posting pictures, whatever works, is all part of the process. We lived 4 & 6 hours from our parents and for three years we were halfway across the country from them - I learned the hard way (and that is actually another story) how to deal with family at a distance and to be content with them in my heart at times when back then every minute of a phone call was more than a dime!! Now we can call, video chat, send videos - all things that were not possible when my children were little and we lived hundreds of miles away or even when my oldest went off to college. Hugs!!

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