This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.

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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 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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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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At 5:32pm on June 14, 2019, AnnieKay said…

Hi. My son said he might be interested, so could you send me your cell number so I can text it to him? Thanks so much. He's on the USS Bataan. How would he get to your house? He's thinking of buying a bicycle, as the base is so big. Thanks again. 

At 11:54am on February 1, 2019, Rain said…

Hi Yvonne! Thank you so much for checking on us. My nephew graduated boot camp on Jan. 4th. We went up for four day's and had an awesome time with him. He proposed to his girl that weekend on top of the Willis Tower. It was perfect. Right now he is in A school at Great Lakes for about 8 months and then to Virginia or San Diego for C School for FC. Not sure as of yet where he will go. I know at this point he is hoping for some place WARM! Poor Florida boy is having a hard time in that cold.

Thank you so much,

Rain

At 11:42am on January 28, 2019, NAVYMOMK said…

YES --- Thank you!!!   I received message but just getting to computer today to respond      sending a PM 

At 9:14am on January 21, 2019, Bandmom said…

Hello Yvonne and John,

Thank you for asking about my sailor.  He is doing very well on the ship.  In fact he was just named Junior Sailor of the Quarter!  He has been deployed since Oct. 19, and they have only visited 1 port.  He does truly enjoy his job, so doesn't mind being out to sea.  We do get to talk to him about once every 3 weeks for a short conversation.  Unless they are running silent which they seem to do quite a bit.  Then we don't even get an e-mail.  As the end gets closer, I am getting excited to see him.  Now we are just trying to figure out how do we get on base to welcome home the ship!

At 11:25am on November 29, 2018, NikkiKL said…

Hi there, Yvonne & John!

Thank you for the message and the kind invitation extended to my son. He's not having the best of times right now and it may be good for him to get out to some normal surroundings. I'll be sure to pass on your invitation to him and I'll get back to you. 

Thanks again for the kind offer.

At 2:38pm on October 8, 2018, Tobiv said…

Thank you John and Yvonne!  I am so thankful for the support.  God bless you.

At 8:59pm on September 27, 2018, Rain said…

Thank you so much for the kind words! Yes I did see your page and I looked at some of the pictures! You seem to be a wonderful couple. Thank you so much for being so welcoming to those serving. My Husband retired Navy about 5 years ago. We are celebrating 25 years marriage this summer. I guess before I share so much am I allowed to share? Can i post his name? Or pictures? I don’t understand this whole group as of yet and how it all works. Looking forward to learning.

At 11:25pm on July 15, 2018, ArchyMom said…

Ah, well that's truly a wonderful invite. Thank you!

Our son is already underway, Submarine Service, stationed in Guam. Left boot camp June of last year, Sub School after that, and C-school all under his belt.

I appreciate your kind offer. -- Archymom

At 11:31am on June 18, 2018, sherrifm said…

Yes, both of my children are heading to boot camp 10 day apart.  My son hardly will speak to me, because I am the parent who has the rules at my house, no matter what age my children are, and we have had a big difference of opinion, and he chose to not speak to me.  I love him, no matter what, and am praying for him constantly.  My daughter and I are very close, and she will be leaving in 9 days.  my heart is full of pride for my children, and sorrow at the same time, because they grew up way too fast!  Thank you for your friend request.  It is nice to have prayer warriors in our corner!  Sherri

At 10:48pm on May 28, 2018, Andrea said…
Hello! My son is flying to boot camp tomorrow. I really appreciate your prayers!
At 12:35pm on May 28, 2018, Heather said…

Thank you so much. We really  appreciate your prayers. God is good!

At 7:47pm on May 16, 2018, snakee said…

My son has arrived in Virginia Beach as of 05/12/2018; fresh out of Boot Camp, will pass your info along to him, you sound like awesome and wonderful people; God Bless You, sincerely Mary Waggoner

At 8:17am on April 28, 2018, AJmom said…

Thank you so much John and Yvonne I'll give it to him today. Have a blessed weekend.

At 9:21am on April 27, 2018, AJmom said…

John and Yvonne would you give me your number on a private message so I could forward it to my son? He arrived at Virginia yesterday and I mentioned what you do and he said he would like to meet you. Thank you! 

At 11:22pm on April 23, 2018, LindaGirl said…

Got your cell #.  Thank you.  Will give it to him when he gets settled in VA.   Regards, Linda

At 10:07am on February 16, 2018, Phoenixmom said…

Thank You for the message, that is very nice of you, I will le it be known.

At 8:36am on December 30, 2017, LindaGirl said…

I don’t know what to say or do to help my 23 year old son who has been in the Navy since May.  Knowing your husband was a Chaplin in the Navy, I thought maybe he or both of you might have some words of wisdom.  To make a long story short...my son came home for the second half of stand-down, of Christmas vacation, day before yesterday.  Minutes after he walked in the door, I knew something was wrong, as he broke down in tears.  Earlier that morning around 4 am, my son was making his rounds, as it was his 24 hour duty rotation turn.   He came upon one of his fellow submates, new to the sub, only 2 weeks on, with his wrists slashed.  My son, being first on the scene, followed protocol, stopped the bleeding & did all that was required, calling the necessary personal to get the sailor to the hospital on time.  Sometime early this morning, my son’s CO called my son to tell him, the young man did not make it.  My son has barely been in the Navy 7 months, to witness this, plus his sub is in dry dock & he is now so discouraged, that he can’t even be on a “working” sub after all the schooling & preperation he has gone through, I don’t know what to tell him or how to approach him.  When he first came home, I was able to comfort him a little by saying, “you were lucky to get there when you did, you probably saved this young man’s life” , but now even that is out the window.  What do I say or tell him?  If my son wants me to, I will call our Pastor to come & talk with him, but until then, I am at a lose.

At 4:11pm on December 17, 2017, Chipmunk said…

Thank you for your friend request.

At 7:28am on August 17, 2017, JayDee659 said…

John and Yvonne, I remember a couple years ago when my daughter started her journey I hoped that she would be stationed near you.  God was listening and she and her husband are in Norfolk.  She left to meet her ship on deployment almost as soon as she got there so shes not had time to find a church or even spend more than a night in her new home.  Would you still have room for her to join your group and if so, how would she go about contacting you?

At 10:56am on June 12, 2017, bellagirl said…

Hi, I think what you do for sailors over there is amazing. I also read that you recently had surgery. I hope all is well. Are you still able to entertain sailors on the weekends? My daughter is there and struggles on the weekends as she is free and has moved to different barracks and locations, so making friends has been hard. She goes out to eat alone often, facetiming us while she is there. While she puts on a brave face, I know she is a little sad inside. 

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