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.
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.
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.
"Hey Stephanie! My daughter just finished up quarantine (I think) so I am a couple weeks ahead of you. My Samantha is also my baby and my only girl. This is a great site with lots of support so you've come to the right place! "
My heart goes out to you!! I know these bootcamp weeks are so full of stress, worry and sadness. Just know that your feelings are not ever wrong!!! I cried so much when my first daughter left for bootcamp. It was just…"
"Oleander I have not heard anything from my girl. It was a week yesterday. It's so hard. I thought I was doing pretty well, but the last couple of days I have had several breakdowns. We have had several deaths in the family too, one the…"
I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!! Sorry I am late getting this welcome to you, but we are a close, friendly, supportive group of Moms and look forward to getting to know you and your…"
"Struggling today ladies!! I feel like I've been doing ok, but today feels different. I think it's starting to sink in. I had her leave me a voicemail before she left but I haven't listened to it yet. Miss her so much."
"My girl left yesterday for BC. She was able to call me as soon as she landed (thanks for that tip) and we chatted briefly and then she called her dad. The scripted call came at 8:45pm, earlier than I had thought. I honestly didn't hear all she…"
"VillageMum so you're feeling all the things I am!! It's so hard, I'm happy, excited for her to spread her wings and have some adventures, but I am going to miss her like crazy. I just keep telling myself, 8-10 weeks. And then we…"
"Oleander thanks for your reply and support! Trying to stay present and enjoy each moment. It is tough to let go, she is my baby. I made it through Marine boot camp with my son 10 years ago, honestly this should be a piece of cake!!
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"JayDee659 thanks for the reply! we had her 7 day meeting with the recruiter and I asked. Reply "grannie panties and tightey whiteys for everyone" lol
Her rate is OS. I'm starting to get super emotional. I just assumed I would be…"
My heart goes out to you!! I know these bootcamp weeks are so full of stress, worry and sadness. Just know that your feelings are not ever wrong!!! I cried so much when my first daughter left for bootcamp. It was just two months after my mother passed away. I tried to appear strong whenever I was around others, but in my own room I would just let it out!!!! And you'd be surprised how just little things can bring on the tears, from a song on the radio to a favorite store!!!! Hang in there - I promise it will get better once they leave boot and you will have that easy communication again!!! God Bless your daughter and let her know there are moms all over the country that are proud of her and praying for her!!!!
I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!! Sorry I am late getting this welcome to you, but we are a close, friendly, supportive group of Moms and look forward to getting to know you and your sailor. I see your daughter is in boot camp now, and that you have already joined in on our conversations on our group page. Feel free to ask any questions you may have, talk freely about your feelings, fears or concerns, or just chat about life. We are all in different phases of our daughter’s Naval careers - from newbies to those whose daughters have been in for several years - from officer to enlisted!!! We support all our sailor girls and each other as well. Not just during the Bootcamp days but the weeks and months following, as they go off to school, first duty station, or first deployment. Let us support you when you're missing her, lend an ear when you need to vent, and celebrate with you when you want to brag!! Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!!
Personally, I think girls are probably harder to deal with letting go than boys are. At least for me. Maybe, because my girls were the oldest and they were only going to college - but military life is different and we get concerned for them! Especially our females.
Shoosh - Glad to see you joined the BC Moms group. We have a lot of information on that page, but we also keep that page fairly active depending on what questions are asked. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom/ middle of the BC Mom main page and look for the comments. Come introduce yourself to the rest of the group. - My son has been in the Navy for 3 years now, and I am one of the moms that sticks around and offers support and encouragement.
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!!