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.

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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Ship 6?

Good morning and thank you for the service of your loved one!

We have missed two calls from our son in the past few days. One was early in the day on Monday and the other at about 11PM last night. These calls seem unusual in terms of time, and he left no message! I was able to learn that he was calling from Ship 6, but he was originally assigned to Ship 12 with a PIR date of Aug 30th. 

We are dazed, confused, and lost. Does anyone know if Ship 6 houses regular divisions, or RCU…


Added by Ellen on August 21, 2019 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Thank goodness for this site !

My son left for boot camp on August 13 and my girls and I left for a 10 day vacation to visit their dad who is working out of state the following day. I have been hounding our house sitter for a box and letter . Literally making myself a nervous wreck that it got misplaced and I won’t get to write him , because I am not home and missed the letter . Reading through all the info has calmed my nerves . He joined as a missile tech . We are going into this pretty clueless. We both thought he would… Continue

Added by Jennifer on August 20, 2019 at 1:25am — 5 Comments

Call from son that he changed divisions separated from navy for medical reasons...what does this exactly mean

Hi All,

I've been keeping myself so busy but missing my son so much.  He called and left a voicemail last Aug 13.

In his brief phone call he said that he has been moved to a new division and that he has been separated from the navy due to medical reasons.

What exactly does this mean?  Is he being sent home? or is he injured and just waiting to start after recovery?

Is there any way for us to contact RTC to find out more info?

Thanks so much!

Added by jbrite on August 17, 2019 at 8:51pm — 1 Comment

My Son Shipped on Tuesday...and we are now into the 2nd Day of him being gone.

Good Morning All, 

It has been a whirl wind the last few days. With my son shipping out on tuesday and then trying to come back to our "normal" lives without him. We are all trying to keep busy, which with two other children is not hard. My daughter starts her senior year this year and that is craziness is a nutshell.  My middle son (it is the oldest who join the navy) is getting ready to start college at the local junior college and then there is the normal business of…


Added by JMCorpsmanMom on August 15, 2019 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

2 weeks at Boot and really missing my son

Hi! This is my first post. I hope it works!

My son left for Boot on July 11. I was all excited on the front of him going cuz I could see how excited he was. Now I can't hear his voice and ask how he's doing I am feeling sad. 

Any suggestions? I work full time and am staying busy....

Added by NavySisNowNavyMom on July 24, 2019 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

7 year old enlists in the Navy

It has been a bit since I have been on here. Course I had to set up a new page after they deleted my old one since I hadn't been on while helping with my Dad while he was sick.  I was always on when my daughter was active duty, not as much while she was in the reservesI have been reminded how great our Navy is lately.  My sailor's daughter at the age of 7 has enlisted in the Navy and found a new family.  She was born into the…


Added by kalena on July 20, 2019 at 2:01pm — 8 Comments

On the back side of Basic....

My son is at A School just waiting for classes to start. He has done a couple of volunteer charity etc. He did carry the Georgia flag for the Salute to the Nation that kicked off the 4th celebration. He sounds good and our next major hurdle is getting a car to him in a few weeks. He seems happy and had such a sparkle in those eyes when we saw him at PIR. The stress is worth it when you see those smiles, by far the most amazing transformation I have ever witnessed. He will always be my baby…


Added by Momsy on July 7, 2019 at 7:40pm — No Comments

picking up graduation tickets:

my husband is graduation July 19th does anyone know how to pick up tickets? I've read so many different articles but not 100% sure.... im wondering if it would be easier to just get tickets ahead of time or just get them day of? not sure just yet but if anyone has insight i would really appreciate it.

Added by QueenPxo on June 26, 2019 at 7:27pm — 8 Comments

The next 2 weeks

The next two weeks can not pass by fast enough. I am counting days now and we are down to 18 1/2 until I see my baby. He sounded great when we had the last call, talking and nervous about the live rounds with the guns. We have a gun, but he has never even held one except for a BB Pistol. He must have done okay as we did not get a call that he didn't. Just the unknown of what to expect... I was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years, so I told him if his mom could master the different types of…


Added by Momsy on June 2, 2019 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Things to do in GC

Added by KJNukemom on May 21, 2019 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Work hard/success

There are many struggles our children, our sailors, go through. Each step works to define them and to test their metal. I can only use my sailor as an example. 

First he enlisted about 3 years ago. He had a hold in the Dep because his security clearance was held up for 2.5 years! He still went to all the Dep meetings. He forged on. He saw fellow deppers go to basic and come back for recruiting. Still he waited. Still he did not give up. 

Last winter in mid November he finally…


Added by MTBCHCK on May 17, 2019 at 3:21pm — No Comments

May 13th

My son graduates from Power School soon, fingers crossed. So many of the Prototype locations are being shut down for maintenance, he doesn't know where he will be stationed or even when. He told me he could be stationed anywhere as a janitor or other. That being said; I am having dreams that he is loaned out to the army and sent to Iran.

I was good with him joining the Navy because if he left the states he would be on a boat. I have had several family members that served in WWII,…


Added by Kbpoohbear on May 13, 2019 at 12:03pm — 3 Comments

Goodbye over Chicago Pizza

The very best advice I've received so far (and I'm sure there will be more to come) was to make sure and have your recruit call from the airport in Chicago before he has to turn in his phone.

When he was on the plane, I sent him a text telling him I miss him and I'm proud. You know, all those encouraging words. I also reminded him to call me when he arrives... and before he arrives. I texted that his big brother tells me that he will be the one to get the first phone call.



Added by FluffySitter (Michelle) on May 12, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

I gotta find something to stay busy with.....

My first day off from work today and it has been pure h e double hockey sticks. I know we can't keep our children forever, but golly gee this is harder than I thought it was going to be and it has only been 3 days. I called my Dad this morning and he said now I understand why it is so important for him to see my face and just be able to get a hug.I never really thought about my parents missing me, but I have come to a realization that they did miss me, they do miss me and I have to do a…


Added by Momsy on April 28, 2019 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Your child is there to serve, but also to have fun

As a former military member I was always able to take advantage of military specials. MWR is a great one! Your child can rent snow mobiles, skis, mountain bikes, go on roller coasters, get special concert passes. The opportunities are endless. In my area the Navy has beach cabins for rent at a low cost! There are so many great possibilities and it gets them out meeting new people. 

Don't be afraid to encourage the use of the MWR facilities. Each location has some very special things…


Added by MTBCHCK on April 26, 2019 at 10:50am — No Comments

Ohhh that call

11:45 Hello this is G____ I arrived safe and am alive. You will receive a box with my personal belongings in approximately 10 days. I will call you in three weeks. I love you Momma! Click

We have all had that call. I was honored with being able to see him raise that right hand and swear to defend the United States of America yesterday.

He has big hopes and dreams for the future and wants to someday work in our Nation's Capitol in the field he has chosen to pursue.



Added by Momsy on April 26, 2019 at 8:06am — 2 Comments

Headed to GC any one else like Escape rooms?

Tomorrow my son flies to South Carolina. Already he is starting to adult well. He knows he needs to research for a good vehicle to get around, even though he cannot drive for 4 weeks.... My son loves escape rooms. We did two of them after he graduated basic back in February. Yeah, temporary hold for almost 3 months. 

Let me tell you if I get a chance to go down and visit I will probably do some escape rooms with him again. So if anyone else has an MM starting in May, and you like…


Added by MTBCHCK on April 24, 2019 at 11:11pm — No Comments

THU No More

Jesus has smiled on my son today. At about 9:30 pm his time, my son finally got the notice that his waiver has been given. He ships out in 2 days for South Carolina! Nuke Mom now! So excited. The power of prayer and the love of Jesus has set my son free to continue his journey.

Nukes! I cannot wait for the opportunity to see my son fulfill his goals. This has been his love. This will be his life!

My advice to other moms who are watching and waiting for their children to make it…


Added by MTBCHCK on April 23, 2019 at 11:06pm — 4 Comments

Here we go again....

My son is set to leave for the Great Lakes this Thursday. He has had to jump through hoops and walk the tight rope to get this far. We are praying that all will go as planned and he will soon be on his life journey. I am off so I will get to see him swear in. I was there with my oldest when he went into the army, and am very excited to see my baby boy when he pledges to the Navy. Keep my husband and me in your thoughts and prayers and will try to update when we know how all is going. My dad…


Added by Momsy on April 22, 2019 at 8:27pm — 1 Comment


Hello everyone, I just signed up and so happy to see all of you feel the same way as I do. My oldest son left for bootcamp last Tuesday. I got his box today. Crazy how fast it was. I saw someone else posted they got theirs today. It was funny because I felt the same way. Wow he got undressed fast lol. I wanted to comment on the post but I can't figure out how.

Added by Bambi on April 22, 2019 at 7:24pm — 2 Comments

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