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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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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 sounded so proud. I'm one proud mom too!! I'm so looking forward to the next letter!

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Comment by Donita on October 23, 2019 at 4:50pm
Thank you for thinking of me B’sNukemom. I did not get anything today. Hoping for tomorrow.
Comment by yapackers on October 23, 2019 at 5:10pm
Our daughter left on Sept 30th & 2 weeks had gone by & finally on Oct 18th we rec'd something. I was hard cuz she started writing on Oct 7th & said mail still hadn't gone out yet but letters are coming in now.
Comment by Donita on October 23, 2019 at 5:25pm
Thank you, yapackers. It sounds like it took a long time for I you to get something as well. It is hard. I keep telling myself it’ll come tomorrow and the next tomorrow, etc. Hopefully it will be soon.
Comment by yapackers on October 23, 2019 at 5:30pm
It did Donita & though I'm a patient person not as much when it comes to wanting to hear from my child.. this is the most challenging things we've ever done & I'll get to go through it again in July when our son leaves for boot camp. Stay strong & positive!
Comment by Donita on October 23, 2019 at 5:50pm
Agreed. It is the toughest thing I’ve been through as well. I haven’t been very patient either. It’s quickly becoming all consuming the longer it takes to hear from her. Bless your heart. Son and daughter? Wow. That is tough. Thanks for the encouragement. It definitely has helped. You and everyone have been so kind. I’ll let you know when we hear something.


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