This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.
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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.
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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.
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 isno 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.
I has been a crazy few months but my son finally has a ship date in the fall. He also will be a Nuke. So proud I could pop! His recruiter is making sure these future sailors are ready for RTC. …Continue
"Hi Mama Scha! I started sending letters as soon as my son's recruiter gave me his address and that was the 3rd day he was there. I figured if it worked he would have a letter to read. Sandboxx was the best decision I made! I send a hand written…"
"Sending mail before you have there specific Div and ship is not recommended. I’m waiting for my form letter that will be the way I will receive it. Recruiters only have the basic address not the specific address. "
"Mama Scha- I still have not received my form letter yet either. My daughter arrived at boot camp the Wednesday of this week. So a little over 3 weeks now. I did send my daughter some mail through Sandboxx. I got her address from her recruiter also.…"
"You won’t be receiving a box anymore. The belongings stay there - GL and will be returned to the SR day before graduation. So far ... I have not had issues with Sandboxx. My brother received all 4 mails I have sent. There was a glitch in…"
After 3 weeks I finally have my son’s mail info. I still haven’t received the box or form letter but his recruiter got the address for us. Feels good to know I can send him encouragement through mail.I’ve heard +/- about sandbox. I will try it and see.See More
"I’m not looking forward to that either, but at least we’ll be a little stronger and more capable of handling it a little better now that we know what to expect. The not knowing anything when they’re in boot camp is the worst. At…"
"Tracey...I echo everything! PIR was well worth it! My son is a stronger more independent young man now. I understand the reasoning behind the silence but not looking forward to that again when he is deployed in the future. …"
"Rollercoaster is the ONLY word I’ve ever been able to use to describe this journey! Lol It’s a wild ride for sure.....but so worth getting on and seeing the end result! The transformation in my son in just those 2 short months amazes me…"
On our way to drop off our son to his recruiter so she can take him to MEPS. He flys out tomorrow. Swearing in around 9 in the morning. He is so ready to move forward. Not sure I am. Just a few more hugs before he leaves.
Be sure to join your PIR group once you get The Form Letter, which now arrives 9 to 14 business days after the recruit's arrival at RTC in most cases.Let me know when you know what division your recruit is in. I will have more info for you.
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!!