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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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.)

N4M Merchandise

Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

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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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  • Snohomish, WA
  • United States

GFTatter's Friends

  • italian mom
  • Katy  - Sailor Salty Mom
  • cinder
  • Margarette
  • Binker & Bro: 2X Nuke Mom
  • Betsy, mom of Stennis sailor
  • Emily-aaronsgirl11
  • Oneofalot
  • Scott's mom (Ship 12 / Div 091)
  • Maryellen
  • Susan mom to Niko
  • Sue-Pillowcase lady

GFTatter's Groups


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Profile Information

A little about me:
I have 4 kids. 2 Boys, a daughter who is a Marine and a daughter who is almost a sailor! She was my youngest.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it

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At 7:51am on March 26, 2013, Betsy, mom of Stennis sailor said…

Thanks so much.  I will call her this morning and order my t-shirt.  Thank you for setting all that up.  I'm getting so excited! 

At 8:23am on October 18, 2012, italian mom said…

omg I just read what you wrote in regards to holding back some sr for disciplne...My son is 345, and ive been evtremely worried how would I know if hes one of them? omg I just cant take much more of this please how do I find out? 

At 8:50am on October 17, 2012, Sue-Pillowcase lady said…

Hi GF, 

Welcome to Heads at Ease!  We are happy to have you join us.  Please thank your Marine daughter for her service and very exciting for you to have a sailor also!

My son is now a veteran after serving 5 years in the Navy.

At 2:07pm on October 14, 2012, grogan65 said…
Hi Lauren,
I would love to chat or meet with you. You are right, those that do not have a child or children in the military have no idea what it's like. I live in LaConner and my boys graduated from high school here this past June. They are my only two children and this has been so very hard. It's so very difficult to be so proud and so sad at the same time. Do you face Book? If you do It would be great for you to friend me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Deena Wischhsen
At 11:11am on October 14, 2012, grogan65 said…
Hi I saw your post asking if anyone is from western Wa. I live an hour north of Seattle and have twins in the 950 division that PIR oct.26th.
At 3:14pm on October 10, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to NAVYForMoms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our
Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video and this Survival Guide for NavyForMoms Newbies that was created by one of our members.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :)



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