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.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy 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. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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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Navy Speak

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.



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 better job of going to see them while i still have them.I now understand until that last baby bird leaves the nest you don't really know how you will handle it. My boss planned her vacation and I told her when I got my son's ship date that his PIR will fall during that time. She said his graduation wasn't all that important that parents didn't have to go..... looks like I may be looking for a new job soon. I plan on being at the Great Lakes with my bells on. We are pinching our pennies and saving up to be able to come and have a good time. What are some ideas on the gift baskets for Sarge's meet and Greet.....Peaches and Peanuts are a must coming from Georgia..... maybe some sweet vidalia onions too .... need to go shopping.... next day off..... I have only had 3 cups of coffee today but it is lite coffee. Our cat is really confused when she goes in my son's room and he is not there. Just heard my husband say something about ice cream.  Sorry for the spastic crazy train of thought, but that is just how my day 3 has gone.  Praying many blessings for you all! Again sorry just happy to have a place to get it all our of my system...

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Comment by Bloom425 on April 29, 2019 at 11:31am

I loved your post. Believe me your Navy family has been in your shoes. My son was way older than most recruits, having graduated from college, a life in the working world and decided at the age of 31 to join the Navy. He was fortunate to work in a rate that offered him an opportunity to use part of his college degree. He is our youngest and I missed him so very much. I had retired from teaching and he was gone during Christmas. He is the life of the party at our house and I felt so lost. PIR was far more emotional and prouder for us than his college graduation. Unfortunately, some people who haven't experienced this event, just really don't understand the significance and importance that it holds for military families. Anything you bring to Sarge's event is appreciated. Use his shortcut to PIR. We left around 6:15AM and got there easily.The doors opening, seeing your child, the singing of Anchors Aweigh, and that long awaited hug will forever be held close to our heart when you reminisce about PIR. I will thinking of you, your family and your dear son as he continues through his boot camp journey and Navy career. 

Comment by Smoothsailing on May 19, 2019 at 11:26am

your boss said that graduation was not that important??.... please find a new boss. 

Comment by Momsy on May 19, 2019 at 8:36pm

she has changed her tune now... she is german and sometimes comes across the wrong way when she says things....  They will close the office for 2 days and have someone at corporate to get messages from our phone and return them....  I love being able to vent here, Y'all be blessed as we wait to hear from our youngest.... he will be in week 4 this week..... no news is good news and we try to send out letters at least every other day if not every day... 33 days til PIR 


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