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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 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Regina126
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Regina126 replied to Sewmom's discussion 'Age of Recruits' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"My son is 21 but said that he met guys and ladies that were older than him when he was at MEPS so it's safe to say no :-)"
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"Hi Regina126, Welcome to Navy Moms and Thank You for friending me. If I can be of any assistance please let me know."
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Carol replied to Regina126's discussion 'Hurry Up & Wait' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
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Regina126 replied to Regina126's discussion 'Hurry Up & Wait' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"@Jeanie, I got my I made it safely call at 11:56 EST I was half sleep but yelled I LOVE YOU while he was talking LOL. We were able to text up until he was at the airport in Chicago. I'm happy to have this group who understands. Although many of…"
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Jeanie replied to Regina126's discussion 'Hurry Up & Wait' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Yep you will miss him a lot ! It helps that we have each other because it’s tough and other people don’t really understand ."
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Regina126 replied to Regina126's discussion 'Hurry Up & Wait' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Thanks so much @belovedbyHim! He just texted me telling me he arrived to Chicago safely. I have my phone ready for my call. And I'm already on the regular BC page those ladies are awesome!"
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Regina126 replied to Regina126's discussion 'Hurry Up & Wait' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"I grabbed 1 from Walgreens but they can purchase them. @Carol: He packed up a few items but mainly his laptop, a few essential toiletries & regular clothes (2 outfits) & pair of shoes. Since the bag they take to RTC has the bare minimum. I…"
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Regina126 replied to Regina126's discussion 'Hurry Up & Wait' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Thank you Jeanie! Yeah I'm thankful for the chance to chat with him today bc I know in a few hours I will be missing him."
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"Regina126, Carol and Jackie-- Welcome!  You may want to make sure you are also on the Main BC Page. Regina126 Today is Arrival day and does not count toward BC days.  As you know you will get a phone call in the Wee hours of the morning…"
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"He should be able to buy a card at the NEX.  It's just easier if they take one with them.  Don't worry about!"
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A little about me:
47 y.o. Mom of 3. My 21 y.o. son is my middle child
I am here to support my
Son/Daughter
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
needed to learn more about it, was proud and encouraged it, had concerns or fears
Our Navy experience so far...
is a work in progress!

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At 4:02pm on December 9, 2019, Phoenixmom said…

Hi Regina126, Welcome to Navy Moms and Thank You for friending me. If I can be of any assistance please let me know.

At 6:04pm on November 16, 2019, Velvetenor said…

Hey Regina! I am a wreck - how about you? I think I might actually be better once he leaves, in some odd way - the anticipation is what is killing me, but I want to just enjoy my time with him before he goes.

I know he will be great, once he gets there - it is just getting him there! He needs to lose a little more weight before the big day - not because he is out of shape, but he went overboard on the weight lifting since he first enlisted, and now he is TOO bulky!

How are you and your son feeling?

At 12:29am on November 10, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Join AECF - FCs and ETs; your recruit will discover his rating while in BC, usually near the end of BC. "A" School is in GL, so you will also want to join Great Lakes A School Q&A and GL A-school momsYou can also check out the Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes Facebook Page. 

The Rating Information Card for AECF can be found at https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/aecf.pdf(It has an error in the number of weeks for ATT; it should be 9 weeks instead of 11 for FC and 11 weeks rather than 119 weeks for ET.) The Rating Information Card for Electronics Technician (ET) can be found at https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/et.pdf and the one for Fire Controlman (FC) can be found at https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/fc.pdf(If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.) https://www.thebalancecareers.com/advanced-electronics-computer-field-3345772 has more info for you on AECF; https://www.thebalancecareers.com/electronics-technician-3345811 has info on ET; and https://www.thebalancecareers.com/fire-controlman-3355020 has info on FC.

You will be able to enjoy extra time with your Sailor following PIR. Plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday if you are able to do that. (See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.) 

TRAINING SUPPORT CENTER GREAT LAKES STUDENT HANDBOOK has some info for you. It was revised 15 April 2019. 

At 12:26am on November 10, 2019, lemonelephant said…

The Page, What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology), will help you with many of the new terms you will come across. 

At 12:25am on November 10, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Thanks for the friend request. I look forward to sharing this journey with you. If there is ever anything I can help with, then don't hesitate to ask. Take care and blessings to you and yours. 

At 10:57pm on October 4, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. 

If you would like information on your future Sailor’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.   

Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 10:56pm on October 4, 2019, lemonelephant said…

December is coming soon. If his ship date is after the middle of December, he may ship earlier than his current date due to the Recruiting Holiday Stand-down, which is usually about a week before Christmas to just after New Year’s Day. There are about 3 weeks in December and into the first week of January when RTC does not process in new recruits. My expectation is that December ship dates will be 12/02/2019 through 12/20/2019. That is my best guess based on the last few years and the Navy could stop shipping earlier or later than that. 

Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for RTC (If his ship date changes, then there are links for each of the months in that discussion.)

Your future Sailor may want to join http://www.navydep.com to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. 

Arrival and What Happens at RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what will happen and what to expect. 

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 the RTC in most cases. Let me know when you know what ship and division your recruit is in. I will have more info for you.

At 11:18am on October 4, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to NAVYforMoms.com!   

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.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

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!!

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