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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I'm married and a mom of 4 children--2 girls and 2 boys. I am an admissions director for a private elementary school and have been there for 15 years. When not at school, I enjoy the outdoors and keeping in shape and working out. My son left for boot camp on January 18, 2012 and will be attending nuclear power school in Charleston, SC.
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Welcome Proudmamabear!

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 1:25pm 1 Comment

Welcome to the Navy, Proudmamabear! My son is also a Nuke and just completed all the school phases and is now on a sub (Henry M. Jackson stationed in Bangor, WA) and out on his first deployment now as we speak! It is a wild ride but hang in there! If you have any questions, we can all help you! 

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At 12:24am on November 3, 2016, lemonelephant said…

It's not a good idea to post a pic of your Sailor every time you post. See change 4 in OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). To increase PERSEC, don't include ANYONE in your profile pic.

Also make change 3 (see the words in bold) so that this page is no longer visible to EVERYONE (Anyone) with access to the web.

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP Code to one that is not easily associated with you or your Sailor.

At 12:23am on November 3, 2016, lemonelephant said…

If your Sailor is still on the Jackson, then join USS Henry M, Jackson (SSBN 730), Bangor/Bremerton/Kitsap Sailors and Family and/or Sub Moms. If not, where is he stationed? What vessel, if one?

At 12:47am on August 17, 2014, lemonelephant said…
At 7:37pm on October 20, 2013, Baker said…

You are invited to a MNG in Petaluma: 

MNG, Petaluma, CA on VETERAN'S DAY.  Monday, 11 Nov 2013.  

Location: Petaluma, CA. “The Mail Depot” 40 4th Street

Banner, bleaches and catering provided. Members asked to help with the catering.

Please provide meam with a photo of your sailor so she can place it on a paddle and you can wave it to show your "Sailor Pride!" 

Meam's email:

Parade starts at 1 pm. Be there earlier to park.

Hosted by Meam and Baker 

Here is a link for the previous parade:

Here is the MNG site and its RSVP:


At 8:17pm on May 22, 2013, Sandy H said…

Hello Joyful Mom, my name is Sandy H and I spoke to S512th Mom (Wendy) and we are interested in carpooling. My address is : 1690 Saralynn Dr. San Jose, Ca 95121, my cell phone number is: 408-605-8442. Please call or send me a e-mail regarding the June 1st meet and greet. Wendy, my husband Alan

and I are willing to split the gas with you if you drive or we can drive we have a Ford Escape. My e-mail is : I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care,

Sandy H.

At 12:22pm on May 6, 2012, Proud navy mom/Eddie's mom said…
Hi joyfulsmom, my son is graduating C school on Friday and then heads to Japan his permanent duty station. He will be able to swing by for a quick visit this weekend for Mother's day. Then there's no telling when I will be seeing him again. He is a AD (aviation machist mate).
At 3:37am on April 10, 2012, BunkerQB said…

Don't forget to check in with the San Fran group once in a while. Please feel free to post whatever you have in mind. There are a number of nukes in the San Fran area.  My son was a nuke officer on a sub. He is home to stay - elected not to reup.

At 2:26pm on March 6, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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.

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


At 5:05am on March 6, 2012, BunkerQB said…

Here is the link to our San Fran group. Just click on it and click +JOIN.

San Francisco Bay Area Navy Families Group

At 10:59pm on March 5, 2012, BunkerQB said…

We have a Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie (clickable link). You'll find everything you need to get started. Videos, PDF files of boot camp processing days, links to all the important groups plus tips on how to use this site. Keep in mind the videos and PDF files may take some time to download the first time you try it. It'll look like nothing is happening. Be patient. Best part is it'll be here on your very own page as a reference. Click the MY PAGE tab on above menubar to access your page anytime - you should do it at least once a day to see if you have any postings on your comment wall (like this one). Good luck.



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