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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




FOR NEWBIES, COMPUTER TIPS - about your personal page.

Click on MY PAGE tab on above menu bar - this takes you to your PERSONAL PAGE. Bet some of you didn't know your had one. You should check this once a day.

1) near the top, you'll see the url for your profile, it's something that starts with ""  the last part is what you had input as your address.  It will be different than your screen name, if you had input something different. It's OK if it is the same. However, if you had input you real name, then you should change because if someone click on your proflle icon, the real name will show up on the url address line. To change this, click on Setting on upper right, then click on "My Page" on the left side, scroll down to "address" - leave your screen name alone if you are happy with it. To change your screen name, click on Setting, the page to set profile features will pop up.

2) On your personal page - on the left you'll find the basic stuff about you (your photo, screen name, where you are from, etc). Just below that you'll see Blog Posts, Discussions, Events, Groups, etc. Next to each one, you'll see a number. This indicates how many posts you have made in Blogs, Discussions. If you click on either of these, it will take you to the list of comments - so there is a record of the comments you have made The number next to Events indicates how many N4M Events you have RSVPed or have been invited to. If you are friends with another member, you can click on Blog Posts or Discussions on her personal page and see her lists of comments she has posted.

3) In the middle section of your page, you find "the activities" section such as messages from another member on your comment wall, your profile information (including photos), any apps you have added (I have a music box from PLAYLIST.COM) and details of blogs your have posted.

4) On the upper right, there is your status box.

  • Inbox - if a number is visible, then you have a private message. The number indicates how many. Click on Inbox, messages you have received will be visible.  To write a message to send to your friends, click +Compose. You can send messages to multiple recipients. Remember if you reply to all everyone one the original recipient list will get the message.
  • Alerts - message sent to you by APPS if you and your friends have added apps
  • Friends - the number in parentheses indicates that number of Friend requests you have - people waiting for you to accept their requests. Click on Friends to see a list of your Friends, Requests Received and Requests Sent.
  • Settings - the five options under Settings is on the upper left after you click Settings: PROFILE, PRIVACY, EMAIL, MY PAGE, CONNECTIONS. Here is where you go to change your profile stuff: username, photo, info, address, email notification, appearance of your page.  Remember if you change the color of the font for text on the body of your page, be sure the background is dark enough for the text to be visible.
  • On the right column, you'll also see a calendar with links to upcoming EVENTS, Navy Speak

You can set your default on email notifications (to your regular email account) by going to EMAIL. If you are going on vacation, you can stop ALL notifications - just be sure to turn them back on afterwards. Be sure to hit save after making changes. On a normal day-to-day basis, I use "Stop Following" on my groups - to not get any email notifications from activities from my groups.

4) Just underneath the status box, you'll find INVITES to groups and events.

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Comment by BunkerQB on February 24, 2011 at 2:24am

Hahahahahahahahah ...........  just don't go changing your name to Lady Chatterley or Madame Bovary

From Wikipedia,

Madame Bovary (1856) is Gustave Flaubert's first published novel and is considered his masterpiece. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was notoriously a perfectionist about his writing and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste ("the right word").

The novel was attacked for obscenity by public prosecutors when it was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between October 1, 1856 and December 15, 1856, resulting in a trial in January 1857 that made the story notorious. After the acquittal on February 7, 1857, it became a bestseller when it was published as a book in April 1857, and now stands virtually unchallenged not only as a seminal work of Realism, but as one of the most influential novels ever written.

A 2007 poll of contemporary authors, published in a book entitled The Top Ten, cited Madame Bovary as one of the two greatest novels ever written, second only to Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.[1]

Comment by BunkerQB on March 7, 2012 at 2:55am


I hate hitting out of the bunker in golf. Thought I use some reversed psychology. Unfortunately, it didn't work. I am still lousy.


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