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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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Bigfamilysimplejoy
  • Female
  • Lake Alfred, FL
  • United States

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Deanna replied to Bigfamilysimplejoy's discussion 'Soon to arrive @ A school' in the group Moms of Daughters 2
"When I talked to my daughter the other day she said she will be there in Great Lakes until Saturday. But she didn’t have any other details and things do change so we’ll see. My daughter is a CS. What is your daughters’s rate? Maybe…"
Sep 12
Bigfamilysimplejoy replied to Bigfamilysimplejoy's discussion 'Soon to arrive @ A school' in the group Moms of Daughters 2
"Okay! Awesome! I found out Monday night that she will be there in Great lakes till about Oct. What's going on with your sailor?"
Sep 12
Deanna replied to Bigfamilysimplejoy's discussion 'Soon to arrive @ A school' in the group Moms of Daughters 2
"Bigfamilysimplejoy My daughter also graduated last Friday 9/6 and is also still there waiting to go to A school in Virginia at the end of the week."
Sep 12
Anna left a comment for Bigfamilysimplejoy
"Bigfamilysimplejoy, I also noticed on your profile page to you responded with a thank you for all the links and information.  You're welcome!! However you posted that comment on your profile page and only you will see that and anyone who…"
Sep 9
Anna left a comment for Bigfamilysimplejoy
"Bigfamilysimplejoy, I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!  We are a close, friendly, supportive group of Moms and look forward to getting to know you and your sailor.  I see you are new to N4Ms…"
Sep 9
Anna replied to Bigfamilysimplejoy's discussion 'Soon to arrive @ A school' in the group Moms of Daughters 2
"Bigfamilysimplejoy, Since she is still at RTC I would not add anything extra for a couple reasons.  First, anything else you send her she has to pack into her seabag along with all those uniforms, boots, and other stuff she has with her. And…"
Sep 9
Bigfamilysimplejoy left a comment for Bigfamilysimplejoy
"Wow! Thanks for the advice. I'll follow those links for more help. This process can be so confusing and frustrating!"
Sep 9
Bigfamilysimplejoy added a discussion to the group Moms of Daughters 2
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Soon to arrive @ A school

So, I have a question that hopefully one of you could help with. My daughter graduated last friday(9/6), and she has to wait till the end of this week before she leaves Great Lakes for Virginia to go to her A school. I know I can send her phone to her and tablet, but is there anything else I'm able to send her?
Sep 9
Bigfamilysimplejoy replied to navymom_2011's discussion 'BC August 21' in the group Moms of Daughters 2
"Oh my gosh. How I remember how heartbroken I was when I received that 1st call. I wasn't able to say anything. I remember ugly crying for a awhile after that late night call. It does get better. Although when I got her box, I sobbed again. Lol…"
Sep 9
Anna left a comment for Bigfamilysimplejoy
"Welcome to Navy For Moms!!!  I'm glad you are here.  I am also forwarding a welcome message from our website admins.  Welcome Aboard!! NAVYforMoms Admins Welcome to NAVYforMoms.com!    Head to “Settings” on…"
Sep 8

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A little about me:
Momma of 7, my oldest just graduated from bootcamp.
I am here to support my
Son/Daughter
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Enlisted
When I heard “Navy,” I...
was proud and encouraged it
Our Navy experience so far...
has been positive and maturing., is challenging and exciting., has presented us with many questions.

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At 3:46pm on September 9, 2019, Anna said…

Bigfamilysimplejoy,

I also noticed on your profile page to you responded with a thank you for all the links and information.  You're welcome!! However you posted that comment on your profile page and only you will see that and anyone who happens to look at your page.  If you want to respond to someone's post you can click on their profile picture or click on the "comment back" link at the bottom of the message. Then you would leave the comment on their page where they will see it!!!!  I know this website can be confusing for our new members so if I can help with anything else, please don't hesitate to ask!!!!

At 3:42pm on September 9, 2019, Anna said…

Bigfamilysimplejoy,

I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!  We are a close, friendly, supportive group of Moms and look forward to getting to know you and your sailor.  I see you are new to N4Ms and your daughter is in boot camp now?  Please feel free to jump in and join our conversations on our group page.  You can ask any questions you may have, talk freely about your feelings, fears or concerns, or just chat about life.  We are all in different phases of our daughter’s Naval careers - from newbies to those whose daughters have been in for several years - from officer to enlisted!!! We support all our sailor girls and each other as well. Not just during the Bootcamp days but the weeks and months following, as they go off to school, first duty station, or first deployment.  Let us support you when you're missing her, lend an ear when you need to vent, and celebrate with you when you want to brag!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!!

At 8:10am on September 9, 2019, Bigfamilysimplejoy said…
Wow! Thanks for the advice. I'll follow those links for more help. This process can be so confusing and frustrating!
At 7:27am on September 9, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) and change the Privacy Settings for this page from "Anyone" to "Members."

There may be other changes you need to make as wellso read and consider each of the changes.

At 7:25am on September 9, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Since your Sailor has a contract for Culinary Specialist (CS), join CS (Culinary Specialist) Moms. You will also want to check out Joint Culinary Center of Excellence Facebook Page and Joint Culinary Training Directorate (JCTD).

The Rating Information Card for CS can be found at https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/cs.pdf. (If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.) That indicates that “A” School is approximately 9 weeks long, but it is about 5 weeks after arriving at Ft. Lee. All Sailors heading to “A” School for CS spend at LEAST one week at Great Lakes Naval Base for Naval Indoctrination (INDOC). These are classes on how things are done in the fleet, which most get at “A” School, but since Ft. Lee is an Army base, this INDOC must be done before the Sailors arrive there. Sometimes Sailors going to Ft. Lee are in the THU at GL for 1 to 3 additional weeks before flying to VA because Ft. Lee must not have additional quarters for those who are not ready to begin classes. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/culinary-specialist-3345791 has more info for you.

(Those with the CS rating who will be on Subs go to Fort Lee after GL and then to Groton for BESS.  If your recruit has a contract for CSS, then you will also want to join Sub Moms and check out Naval Submarine Base New London Facebook Page.) 

At 7:56pm on September 8, 2019, Anna said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!!!  I'm glad you are here.  I am also forwarding a welcome message from our website admins.  Welcome Aboard!!

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Welcome to NAVYforMoms.com!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Even though your sailor already graduated from boot camp you might be interested in still joining this group for boot camp moms, since you will have recent information that you might be able to help new moms with.  

You can join groups to learn about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question.  This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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