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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.

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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Well on 3/27 we dropped her off at the hotel, she called 3/28 at around 11 p.m. with the "I am here, I am safe" call. Well today I received the box. Looking forward to the form letter so I can start to send her letters. A really rough week for me and for my youngest daughter. So this week has to get better. I will anxiously await the letter and letters from her. 

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Comment by Phoenixmom on April 3, 2018 at 6:57pm

Hi bkm4 it can be very overwhelming no doubt, the not knowing part is always the worst and it will be that way until you get your first letter or call. and sometimes those can be very sad because they are missing home and their family, tired. maybe pray with them over the phone and be their strenght and encourage that they can do this. here is info on when you should receive the form letter. if there is anything that I can do to give you any information please let me know. Welcome to Navy Moms and Congrats to your Loved One!

When will the Form Letter come and what is in it?

The Form Letter will arrive in your regular mail a week or so after "The Box" arrives--10 days after arrival is the average, but it can come sooner or 2 to 3 weeks after arrival.

Comment by maristar2 on April 4, 2018 at 3:05pm


It was really hard for us too especially the mamas but it will get better when you can write to each other and they start to call :) hang in there

Comment by Dena4 on April 10, 2018 at 8:42am

Just went through this with my oldest son graduating PIR last week. The best thing i could do was keep busy but i still have kids at home and she was your youngest :( so you don't have that advantage. My advice when you do start writing letters is to download the Sandboxx App, you can write your letter, send a pic and she will get them by FedEx the next day. Mail is delayed there alot. She can also write you back from the letter you send and she will just have to add postage to it. Gift cards for NEX can be purchased and sent on there as well, her first checks will mostly go towards buying supplies and the wardrobe and accessories she needs so that helps. Luckily she is not there during the most brutal weather but it's still really cold with the wind right now, no worries, they're bundled up well. 

Hope you hear from her soon and best of luck! *Hugs*


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