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 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. 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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My son has been gone for 1 week today. The time really has gone fast. I write to him everyday and I try to update him on as many things as possible. His friends I’ve seen. His dogs. Me and my work. The family. The weather. Football scores. I write a Bible verse either at the beginning or end of every single letter. I printed some pictures today, including one of his great grandfather who was a chef in the Navy during WWII, wearing his Blues. My son looks so much like him! Keeping my head up. Letting myself feel the feelings as they come. Trying to wait patiently for the form letter so I can mail these, and so I will know his PIR info. Thanks to all who share positive messages and offer assistance to us newbies. I appreciate you all!

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 12, 2019 at 11:48am

Hi NavyMom9519 - it's possible you could be looking at a 11/1/19 PIR (but it could change a week either way).  Your letter should arrive in about 9-14 business days - in the meantime, keep writing!  Be sure to # your letters in the corner so your son knows what order to open them in. Sounds like you are doing well - and remember, no news is good news!

Comment by Tricia on September 15, 2019 at 8:50am

Hello Everyone, my son swore in 9/12. I am a proud Momma! He's only been gone for a few days but miss him to pieces. Can't wait to receive his letters.  

Comment by NavyMom9519 on September 15, 2019 at 11:46am
Hi Tricia! And welcome. I’m on day 10 now and really feel like it’s gone quickly. I miss him so much! I try not to torture myself with the “I wonder what he’s going through” every day. That is so hard on us Moms! I write to him and keep on BELIEVING that God has him in His embrace and that in the end he will have done something great. Hoping to hear from him soon!
Comment by thesuperm72 on September 15, 2019 at 9:46pm
Hi! My daughter arrived same as NavyMom9519. I miss her lots, and have been writing letters. I always date my letters, but the numbering is prob faster for her. Thanks for the tip! I have started compulsively checking the mailbox for her form letter even though I know no news is good news! I also started taking pictures of treasured places and people so I can start including them in my letters. Thank you everyone for the support on here. My husband just doesn't understand a mother's heart for her kids, even though I know he misses her tons too! God bless you all!
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 16, 2019 at 12:18pm

Be sure to sign up for Informed Delivery.

USPS Informed Delivery - Sign up and receive an email from the US Postal Service showing what mail you will be getting each day (if available in your area).  

Informed Delivery®

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 16, 2019 at 12:20pm

the superm72 - you may also want to check out Mom's of Daughters 2.


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