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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 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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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 fire and different methods of fighting it, he could get that done. My dad called today to see if I had heard anything this week and I promised to call him the minute I do. His heart rate is staying between 30 and 34 beats per minute, have no idea how he keeps going. He thinks the sun rises and sets in my youngest. My step mother turns 85 tomorrow and they had her a surprise party today, wish I could have been there but live 6 hours away. Sometimes I have to stop and think about what I am doing, because I am so used to having a kid in the house. I only had 1 load of laundry a week since he left and our grocery bill is like a third of what it was with him here.I have just about finished with his room. Went through all his clothes, left a few pieces hanging in the closet and saved some of his t shirts etc and put them in his dresser, the rest I took to my sister for her grand sons.I ask my son what he wanted as far as a gift for PIR and he said just want to see your face Momma when I scan the crowd. Teasing I told him I would wear my headband with the glittery stars and he answered at least he would be able to find me more easily. lol! My sweet bitty boy has grown up a lot in the past few weeks and I am so excited to see where he goes and what he does with his future.I feel like I did 20 years ago when it was close to time for him to be born. The anticipation is killing me, and I cannot wait to see that sweet face. He will turn 20 on the 15th of July and will be away from me for the first time on his birthday, so many memories and so many more to be made. We are driving up and will leave during the night on Tuesday to make the 15 hour  drive to the Great Lakes. Hopefully will get his call before we get to far and maybe before we leave... There are only 5 divisions so maybe they will all get done early. I cannot thank all you ladies on this forum enough for the love and support I have felt from here. Our DEP journey has been a bumpy one, but praying for smooth sailing for the rest of his Naval career. I am saying my prayers not just for mine, but for yours too. Many blessings to all!

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