This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.
FIRST TIME HERE?
FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET STARTED:
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!
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.
All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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.
"Hello, Kyle's mom , this is a wonderful site. My son left 6/11 . I have not heard from him , only when he was sending his box. When I received it , I was OMG , this is for real . These wonderful ladies here are so awesome.…"
Hey there Kimberly, you are not alone that is for sure. All of the ladies here are absolutely AMAZING! Prepare yourself for the "3 week" phone call just in case your son is emotional and crying. They are very homesick at that point. Everything about their comfort zone has been ripped out from under them. If he is emotional and crying, first ask if he is okay, then laugh and say "oh my gosh is this my I'm still alive call" something anything to get him to laugh and talk to you. Let him talk as much as possible. Be sure to tell him you miss him but make sure you stress how proud of him you are...this seems to help a lot. Just like many of the ladies have suggested, start writing letters now and number them. There is also the sandboxx app that you can send mail through. Just keep in mind of OPSEC or any personal info that you would not want someone else to read. When using the app it is someone else printing the letter and sending it through to the recruit, son/daughter. My husband sent our daughter an entire page of lame jokes...that is their thing, silly jokes. Print wallet size pictures using your computer and put in the letter. You could even make a collage of pictures on a letter size 8x10 paper and include it. Take silly pictures of family and friends. He will really appreciate the pictures. Don't send anything with glitter. It will get them in trouble. You can include a self addressed and stamped envelope and an extra piece of paper for him to write on. Keep in mind that they are very busy and have limited time to write. Oh yeah, the sandboxx app will include a self addressed envelope and paper for the recruit to write back. I think those letters get to the recruits faster but not for certain. Writing the letters now will help you too to keep your mind busy.
If you would like information on your recruit’s rating (job/occupational specialty) or field, then let me know the rating or field. There are groups for most specialties and/or "A" Schools and knowing that will help you to better plan for PIR weekend.
Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.
Then jump right in! Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.
Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!
Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question.
This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.
Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!