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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.

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 - America's Navy and 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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First holiday

First of many holidays to come alone. I did ok. This weekend I allowed myself to sleep in and not feel guilty. I did turn down a couple of invites because after a dinner with the girls I could feel I need alone time. Saw the video of recruits running and can assume my son was a part of that which filled my soul. Told someone it feels like he’s away at camp and I just can’t talk to him. Then I realize this is the beginning of him being gone. Being a single mom this makes it weird and hard.…


Added by Akgal on April 21, 2019 at 9:02pm — No Comments


i got the box. That was quick. Funny as he must have undressed in a hurry as everything was wadded up.  Now he just needs to do that run... the letter will be a relief.

Added by Akgal on April 19, 2019 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Twas the Night Before Boot Camp

In the days surrounding my son's departure to boot camp, an alphabet soup of emotions swirled around me as I imagine it does for everyone with a loved one embarking on this great adventure.  To process my way through it, I began writing a poem the night he left and continued adding to it through the first few weeks as I researched what happens during BC and incorporated snippets gleaned from his letters.  I wrote it for several reasons:  1) to honor him and all recruits, as well as the RDCs…


Added by SuzyQ on April 19, 2019 at 12:53pm — 4 Comments

Short call

short call done (check). He sounded so calm and confident. It lasted all of 3 seconds lol.  Someone at work sent me flowers. Feeling loved and strong.

Added by Akgal on April 17, 2019 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

And it start

My son is sitting at the USO room waiting for the bus. Last night I got to spend time at the airport thanks to a very cool boss to have me a ticket so I could clear TSA. He needed a tim to Just talk it all out. He was ready to bolt. Saying goodbye was bittersweet but I’m so proud.

He worries something will happen and he will get bounced but no idea what that would be for (I have not told him I worry about that too). I think it’s the fitness test he’s stressing about. Lol he said “…


Added by Akgal on April 17, 2019 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

Care packages to USS Abe Lincoln


Does anybody have the address for sending packages? 



Added by JoesMom on April 15, 2019 at 11:39am — No Comments

Getting close now

Well we are days away from the big farewell to RTC.  What a process this is. I’ve seen my son grow in confidence and independence already but last night was his last hoorah with the boys and when I saw him after he said it had just hit him he was leaving.

What a wild ride for me. As we get closer the the leaving date I was feeling ok. Then after his DEP meeting he did a fitness test and passed he informed me he was leaving home Monday not the Tuesday Morning we were told originally…


Added by Akgal on April 13, 2019 at 10:50pm — 1 Comment

I am back!

After several months and two private consultations, they gave our son a waiver. He is set to leave April 25th for Great Lakes. This journey has been a hurry up and wait process and hopefully all will go well from here forward. I told him all in God's timing not ours... He did get to spend more time with his Grandfather (my Dad) whom he knows he will not see again this side of Heaven. My dad is terminally ill and my son is his youngest Grandchild. We pray he will be able to see our recruit…


Added by Momsy on March 30, 2019 at 11:14pm — 1 Comment

Message from a Navy Sailor Son


Added by SyndisSon on March 29, 2019 at 8:54pm — 5 Comments

Hurry Up and Wait...

Our son left for bootcamp Wednesday.   We got the call just after midnight.  He has arrived, he is safe, I will get a box.  Just like everyone said, it was an awful phone call. Very short, very scripted.  Yet I also heard in his voice determination, let it go mom I really am okay, and then he hung up and their was silence.  Of course I am proud, and I am only sad for me and how I will miss him.  However, I am more excited for his journey, and all the stories from him to come. 



Added by Bluebonnet on March 24, 2019 at 7:17pm — 6 Comments

I’m A Sailor Call for March 29th Graduation

Last month the Friday before my son was to graduate he called to tell me that his graduation date moved to March 29th. I haven’t received an I’m a sailor” call from him. If you have someone in Division 163 please let me know if you have received a call.

Added by Caseydrmn on March 23, 2019 at 4:22pm — 2 Comments

One more week!!

So one more week and I will be in Great Lakes with my other 2 daughters for graduation!!!

News? Well no news is good news I keep telling myself. Last phone call she was doing well and enjoying it all. She said she hadn't written and apologized, but I understand. I write to  her often enough. All she had to do was get through the initial run and swim to set her mind at ease, after that she wouldn't let anything get in the way. I am pretty blessed with a daughter that will push herself…


Added by bkm4 on March 21, 2019 at 10:06am — 4 Comments

Navy Social Media Handbook 2019

I found out from the Navy Operations Security Support Team on Facebook that there is a new edition of the Navy Social Media Handbook for 2019. It is long, and for a varied audience: Leaders, "Navy Communicators", Sailors, Families, Ombudsmen, and Navy Civilians. It informative, and worth the…


Added by WearsLargeHats on March 15, 2019 at 12:35am — No Comments

Temporary Hold Unit

As a former commander of a unit in the Army, I see that my son isn't given the counsel he needs. Temporary hold is no joke. This is their chosen career and they should be able to seek advice from JAG officer. I fear that he will be out processed soon, separated from his goal. It isn't all happy for these kids. Some need direction. Some need a skill. Many, so many are there to serve, serve their nation with pride in their hearts.

Not all get to stay Navy. 

Some will be turned…


Added by MTBCHCK on March 13, 2019 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Temporary Hold Hell

The Navy has specific things they will waiver. Some they will not. My son's asthma is not bad. He has had very few problems with it over the years. During the Gulf Wars more people were MedEvac'ed for asthma than anything else. I understand the Navy's concern. 

He made it. He improved so much through the recruit training. He made it through graduation. He is so proud of himself. We were proud of him. I have tried to guide him to the Chaplains, to JAG, to maybe find that one doctor who…


Added by MTBCHCK on March 10, 2019 at 10:28pm — 3 Comments


My son, his dream, his plans. They are going away. He is still fighting to stay in, but they found he has asthma. I know as a former military commander, these things are not the best to have in a unit. Still he made his way through recruit training. 

Now he sits. He is fighting, but his spirit is broken. This was his dream. It may be lost

Added by MTBCHCK on March 7, 2019 at 11:55am — 3 Comments

Div 143 PIR date 3/15/19

My husbands bootcamp graduation date is coming very soon, unfortunately I have not recieved the "I'm a sailor" call yet. I know it'll be done after battle stations but I don't know when he'll be doing that.

Added by Forevercow❤️ on March 4, 2019 at 12:17pm — 2 Comments

Div 176

Sons PIR date is 4/12 :) Is there any info for div 176? His boot camp seems short 7weeks & 3 days is this the norm?

Added by RRSAS on March 2, 2019 at 6:23pm — 3 Comments

My son left for Boot Camp 2-19-19

I received his scripted call at 2033 Cali time.  His "Kid Box" came in exactly 1 week later. I am now waiting on his letter that he said would follow in about a week after the box. I am super excited for him as I know this is something he has always wanted to do. I am waiting to find out his PIR date so I can start looking into arrangements and our options. Trying to find out as much as I can on Graduation. I am reading everything and loving this site! Thank you so much!!!! :)

Added by RRSAS on February 27, 2019 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

Long first day

My son left on Monday Feb 25. Very proud of him. Received our phone call at 945p in Michigan. Long day today for me as well as for him, thinking of him. 

Added by Jeanne on February 27, 2019 at 1:21am — 6 Comments

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