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.
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.
If your Username contains your last name, you need to make changes 1, 2 (the URL appears to contain a different last name, so that gives even more info about you), and 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.
My son did not like Japan either when he first arrived. It's was a culture shock and his first time being so far away from his family....We live in Florida....Now that he's been there nearly two yrs and made some really great friends, things are much better. He and his buddies rent a little place just off base and I think that has helped a great deal. Although he is not saving as much $ as he should, sleeping in a bed rather than a rack is really nice. Your sailor will adjust. It just takes time. Sometimes I think it's harder on us parents than anyone else. My son joined right out of high school - bootcamp, A school, Japan.....my first child to leave home. I probably cried everyday for the first year :( It will does get easier. Send letters, pictures, care packages and email every chance you get. I have found that no new is good news. When I don't hear from him, I know he is out having fun. From what I hear, the port towns are wild and crazy fun. Encourage your sailor to go rock climbing, hit the beach and take in the sites. My son has sent us beautiful pictures from his adventures. He's experiencing things that would not be possible in FL. I'll keep you in my prayers ~ Hang tough, it will get easier.
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.