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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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Son is now in Navy Hospital for Depression HELP

Just found out they have put my son in the “Hospital” for Drpression/Bipolar. Help I don’t know what to do what the process is- we have had 1 brief phone call from our son telling us what is going on? Can anyone tell me what the process is & how this came about? Mostly what can we do?

Added by Texasnavymom on October 17, 2019 at 4:16pm — 2 Comments

Son blew his knee out today

My son called us this morning to say he blew his knee out. He has a bad knee from playing football for so long.
Does anyone know what the protocol is when someone gets injured ( son blew his knee out)
He has decided to change his job/ contract from special ops to I’m not sure. Will his division & ship change? Also his PIR date?

Added by Texasnavymom on October 10, 2019 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

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 — 5 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 — 4 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 — 20 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

My son leaves this Tuesday for Boot Camp

My son has been very confident w/ his decision to enlist in the Navy he is leaving this Tuesday for BC & he is now having 2nd thoughts & really doubting his decision. Is this common? How do I support him as his mother? I’m sure this happens to many but I’m not sure how to handle this

Added by Texasnavymom on September 21, 2019 at 6:49pm — 3 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

Been a while since I posted-we are now in Week 5 of BC

 We are in Week 5 right now of boot camp. I haven't really posted in the blogs since my first one after he left for bootcamp.  So it has been a few those weeks, we have received our first letters, which were hard because he was struggling and he was so tired and homesick. To the first phone call, where we were able to talk to him for 20 whole minutes. He sounded so good..."Hi Ma'am its me James" brought tears to my eyes. He sounded so grown up and all I could picture is my…


Added by JMCorpsmanMom on September 18, 2019 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

PIR groups

Can someone who knows how, or is able to, please create a PIR group for November 1 2019 grads so we can start to connect and get to meet other moms in our TG or divisions?

I don't know how....too new to the page. Ha!

Thanks ladies,


Added by Sailormom01 on September 17, 2019 at 2:21pm — 4 Comments

Week one done!!

My son has been gone for 1 week today. The time really has gone fast. I write to him everyday and I try to update him on as many things as possible. His friends I’ve seen. His dogs. Me and my work. The family. The weather. Football scores. I write a Bible verse either at the beginning or end of every single letter. I printed some pictures today, including one of his great grandfather who was a chef in the Navy during WWII, wearing his Blues. My son looks so much like him! Keeping my head up.… Continue

Added by NavyMom9519 on September 12, 2019 at 11:22am — 6 Comments

Can we send books to boot camp?

  • ladies i received a letter from my son yesterday!! he is asking me to send him a book. sign lenguague book. doyou know if i can send books?

  • maybe put it on an envelop

Added by Maria on September 10, 2019 at 11:24am — 3 Comments

My son

My son is leaving for boot camp oct 1 going to miss him i know i will be emotional wreck. Just curious what other moms do to make this easier and not stressful for our kids

Added by Amy on September 9, 2019 at 12:55am — 2 Comments

what is done every week at basic

Hope this helps for new moms wondering what is going on at basic weekly!

Added by booper on September 7, 2019 at 12:08pm — No Comments

My Boy left today. :(

New to group, my son is the plane now on his way. So hard.

Added by Cindy on September 3, 2019 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

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