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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 - 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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my grand daughters 5th grade class would like to right letters to those who need or do not get any. Need to know how to go about this. Thanks for any information.

Added by Kuhl on December 7, 2019 at 6:13pm — No Comments


my grand daughters 5th grade class would like to right letters to those who need or do not get any. Need to know how to go about this. Thanks for any information.

Added by Kuhl on December 7, 2019 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Divison and Ship

Hi now that I know my son's ship and Division is there any groups for that?

Added by law1999 on December 5, 2019 at 10:43pm — 3 Comments

New Navy Mom

Good morning all!! This is my first post, as the last couple of weeks have been busy. I dropped my son off November 24th (my birthday) at the recruiter's office. The following day, I drove down to MEPS to watch him swear in. The first week without him has been ok. I'm just keep reminding myself that he is good! He and I are very close. It has been just the two of us since 2012. We flooded in 2016 and lived in a 26' camper in the drive way for almost 18 months. That just made our bond…


Added by Dominique on December 3, 2019 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

It has been a really rough two weeks

My son facebook messaged us to tell us that he was being rerated as he had failed his test again. All he wanted to be was a corpsman. He was getting really good grades on the labs but it was the test. This was something that I was worried about when he said he wanted to be a corpsman because I was worried that the test would trip him up.  My son, has never been a very good test taker. He over complicates them is the best way to put it. 

One of his instructors said that they learn two…


Added by NavyMomofJM on November 25, 2019 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

Our son left 11/20/19.

Today has been hard. I'm always texting one of my grown children asking how's it going, good luck on your first day, or some such thing. Not being able to check up is hard, so waiting on the form letter so I can at least write. So very proud of his choice

Added by AviationMom on November 21, 2019 at 11:12pm — 10 Comments

NEX graduation photo reorder form

Hello fellow Navy Moms!

I was wondering if anyone has the link to get the reorder form for ordering additional photos of my sailor...any help would be apprecited

Added by shellyh on November 21, 2019 at 11:26am — 1 Comment

Son is heading for USS Eisenhower

Any one have any info on this fleet?or Norfolk Virginia?

Added by Valerie on November 10, 2019 at 10:39am — 2 Comments

Fleet Sheets Info

Hey all!

My son is home on leave and I asked how he was liking the Fleet Sheets we purchased for him. He said  "I'm so sorry they got thrown away." They had a long holiday weekend, so he was away from ship and they had some kind of inspection. That specific inspection does NOT allow anything other than issued rack bedding. He said if he knew he would have temporarily removed them. They gave no information other than...sorry we threw them away because they didn't meet the standards for…


Added by KJTXMOM on November 8, 2019 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Phone card advice please

Can any on you advise me where I can get a phone card? I received a letter today from my brother today and he asked if I can send him a phone card. I have looked at Walmart before and at Walgreens, but I couldn’t find anything. Will any of you please let me know where I can get this? I know they can buy it at the base, but I’m assuming he doesn’t have a lot of money. Also ... he rarely ask for anything, I would hate not to send this. Thank you. 

Added by HaveFAITH on October 24, 2019 at 6:52pm — 8 Comments

The day is finally here

On our way to drop off our son to his recruiter so she can take him to MEPS. He flys out tomorrow. Swearing in around 9 in the morning. He is so ready to move forward. Not sure I am. Just a few more hugs before he leaves.

Added by Mama Scha on October 6, 2019 at 1:42pm — 3 Comments

A New Dream - Faith Over Fear

Hey there Navy Moms! First of all, I want to express my high respect for anyone that has served in the military and am extremely thankful for your service and all of our brave kids out there serving our country. Also, this site has been incredibly useful to me and I would not have survived without it. Thank you Navy moms!

I've considered blogging for a while now, I just wasn't sure where to start. My son…


Added by KJTXMOM on October 2, 2019 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Daughter leaves December 10

I am new and this is so confusing for me. My daughter will leave December 10 to Great Lakes but I have really not been informed of anything other than the date that she is leaving. I know nothing of what will happen after she leaves my door and it terrifies me!

Added by MeriLee71 on October 1, 2019 at 9:43pm — 6 Comments

honor guard offer

hello all,  so my daughter was offered honor guard. it sounded good at the start until we read that she can not advance above E3 and that she really puts off A school for 2 years while she is an honor guard while all the others from bootcamp are going forward with there dreams. My daughter souded like she had regrets signing the papers excepting this position if they offer it to her but is there any way for her to get out of this after she signed the first set of papers???  She is was going…


Added by Milliemax2 on September 30, 2019 at 11:24am — 5 Comments

First Letter from my SR

I received my first letter from my son today! I was so excited when I opened the mail box and seen his letter. I didn't even get through the first sentence and the years were flowing. He's doing well and seems like he's adjusting being away from home, although he listed a few things he misses. He said he's eating healthy which made me chuckle a bit. It's only been a couple of weeks but feels like forever...He mentioned how excited he was to get his uniform and see his name stitched on it, he… Continue

Added by Tricia on September 27, 2019 at 10:36pm — 25 Comments

Driving to PIR 11/01

Anyone else going to be driving to PIR? We are coming from OH and it’s really not that far of a drive. We plan to leave here Thurs morning early so we will have plenty of time that afternoon and evening to figure out where we are. My mother has bad knees so we will need to limit her amount of walking if possible. Is it difficult to drive into GL for PIR and is there handicap parking close? I sat down to book a hotel and now I’m feeling overwhelmed with the thought of the whole process and… Continue

Added by NavyMom9519 on September 25, 2019 at 1:40pm — 4 Comments

PIR 10/11

Hello, My son’s in Division 382, how can I join the 10/11 PIR Group.  Thank you.

Added by GoKingsGo on September 21, 2019 at 5:41am — 1 Comment


I haven't heard a word about who my son has approved for graduation guests. my travel plans revolve around whether or not i can take my guest or he allows his dads guest.

Not sure how to proceed. do i need to worry about hotels filling up for 11/1 graduation?

what is the latest i should look at booking?

thanks all.....

Added by Sailormom01 on September 20, 2019 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

Worried Mom

This is my first post. My son left for BC Aug 14th. He was in processing a week longer than normal because he was put in a 900 division that needed to be filled up. He has absolutely loved boot camp and all of his letters have been so upbeat and positive. It has really helped me stay positive and not dwell on missing him so much. He started week 4 on Monday, but we got a call from him on Tuesday. Apparently he had broken his pinky finger 10 days earlier. It was put in a splint, but when he…


Added by Liz on September 20, 2019 at 12:32pm — 4 Comments

She Arrived!

My daughter left on 9/17.  I have been preparing through this site (and others) reading everything I can since the end of February when she entered DEP.  I was prepared for the first 24hours!!  In fact, other than the hurry-up and wait, everything went better than expected!  My "I'm here" phone call came at 20:15 - about 6 hours earlier than I thought it would.  She was calm and there was no yelling in the background.  I have found the more I tell of my experience to friends and co-workers…


Added by DaddysGirl on September 19, 2019 at 1:44pm — 3 Comments

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