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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 - 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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Vivian and Glen H.
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  • Charlottesville, VA
  • United States

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Vivian and Glen H - Danny's parents

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A little about me:
Our son Dan is a Gunners Mate in MSRON 2, based in Portsmouth, VA and deployed overseas.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 9:53pm on November 30, 2009, John and Yvonne said…
Vivian and Glen,

I just read your post and think it is wonderful that you opened your hearts and family to invite some sailors to join you for your family festivities. God's blessings on you for that kindness. Yvonne and I did the same thing here in Virginia Beach. I can't imagine these young people not being able to go home and having to sit in the galley for Thanksgiving dinner. Yuk! Again, blessings on you.

At 10:03am on November 25, 2008, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
If your son is staying in GL for A school, you should plan on spending the weekend there. Most sailors will receive liberty their PIR weekends, some will have to report back to their ship at night, some will have the full weekend off.

What the recruiter is telling you about how long is school is - is correct. Alot of his schooling is self-paced. So some sailors will finish sooner than others. Once they PIR, they go to indoc for about a week and then to SCC (basic seamanship classes) SCC runs in the evenings and about two weeks long. Once they finish SCC, they go to ATT (apprentice technical training) and it is self paced computer programs once they complete ATT - then they start A school. Your son will have a targeted graduatation date on his A school orders and most of them will finish right around that date. Good luck to your son!
At 11:04am on September 30, 2008, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Dear Mr. Hobbes from NY:
Hello & Welcome to N4M’s!
My name is Catherine the Admin and I want to thank you for joining us! To help you know the “Do’s and Don’ts” for the community- I wrote up a quick little ditty for you to read. So click here and read them (pretty please with a cherry on top because the rules are enforced)! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns afterwards- please don’t hesitate to contact me.
So, enjoy your time here and I'm looking forward (along with the community) to reading more about you. :D
Sincerely, Catherine

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