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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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At 8:37pm on July 24, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). Please consider "Just My Friends" since you have chosen to include pics of your Sailor on your My Page.

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP Code to one that is not easily associated with you or your Sailor.

At 8:37pm on July 24, 2016, lemonelephant said…

What is your Sailor's rating (job/specialty) and/or where is he stationed (what vessel, if one)? There may be groups I can direct you to.

If he is with the Truman (I saw it in a pic above), then you may want to join USS Harry S. Truman, CARRIER Families!, Duty Station NAS Oceana, VA Beach VA, and/or Norfolk Sailors - Family & Friends.

At 11:09pm on April 5, 2012, USMCRETIRED said…

First your brother then your son.  One big circle.  The funny thing is, I had never heard of this ship until my daughter had orders.  Heard of the the Enterprise, Nimitz, Roosevelt, Lincoln ect of the newer ships.  Heard about lots of the older one.  In fact, I had orders for sea duty in 1985 (a time when Marines stood duty on alot of the ships as security) for the Kitty Hawk.  Those orders were canceled because she was going into extended dry dock.   

At 10:24pm on April 5, 2012, USMCRETIRED said…

Nice to know he has had experience with ship life.  During my 20 years in the USMC, I did 2 deployments in 1988 & 1989 on the Peleliu & Belleau Wood.  Not carriers but the next thing to a carrier.  They were LHA's being replaced by LHD's, carried mostly helecopters but also had the AVA8 Harriers.  Who knows what they carry now!

At 8:56pm on April 5, 2012, USMCRETIRED said…

Ellen, nice pics?  Did your son serve on 3 different ships?

At 8:38am on June 7, 2009, CTmomof3 said…
Holy Cow Ellen how did I not add you as a friend before. Yikes. Just did.
At 10:10pm on March 7, 2009, CrackerjackMom said…
Yes definatly, have a beer...ah.....Would you at least make it two will ya??
Wish I could be there. GIve Carol a big hello from me.

How is your son doing? and how is your Marine doing on the Boxer?
Tara seems to be doing good so far. Not sure where they are headed next.
Just have to wait and see.
At 2:42pm on March 5, 2009, CrackerjackMom said…
Hey Ellen, how's it going on the snowy east coast???? wait..... I can't see the key board for the California sunshine in my eyes. LOL!!!
At 12:11pm on January 4, 2009, CrackerjackMom said…
Hi Ellen, yes Tara is going on the big one! We are heading down to Pendleton on Wed. We will see her again and then drive her car back home for the time she is gone. I am not really looking forward to the next 6 months. But she is so excited. It will just be hard not being able to talk to her as often as we do.

We are getting ready to take my son to the airport this morning. He is going back to Pearl Harbor.

I should be getting used to all these "so longs". But they never get any easier.

Thanks for checking in. We will have to stay in touch.
At 5:17pm on October 21, 2008, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Hello & Welcome to N4M’s!
My name is Catherine the Admin and I want to thank you for joining us! To help you know the “Do’s and Don’ts” for the community- I wrote up a quick little ditty for you to read. So click here and read them (pretty please with a cherry on top because the rules are enforced)! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns afterwards- please don’t hesitate to contact me.
So, enjoy your time here and I'm looking forward (along with the community) to reading more about you. :D
Sincerely, Catherine

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