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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"

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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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A little about me:
I’m a mom of 4. My oldest child , Caleb left for boot camp on 17-12-18.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
At Boot Camp now
When I heard “Navy,” I...
was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Every young man needs.
Our Navy experience so far...
has been positive and maturing.

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At 9:49pm on February 7, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Since you have a Sailor, you can change "At Boot Camp now" above to “Enlisted.” 

If you get an error message, then look at the area/s in the error message and unclick all of the choices in the area/s and make choices closer to the question/s. Some choices may have changed since you joined.

At 11:31pm on January 25, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Click on OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and the Page will open in a new window. Read the Page and follow the directions at the bottom to make change 3 (see the words in bold) to change "Anyone" to "Members" so that this page is no longer visible to EVERYONE (Anyone) with access to the web. Don’t forget to click the “Save” button at the bottom. 

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

At 10:56am on January 17, 2019, AlwaysBeeKind said…

Thank you for the kind words, Vanessa. We will try to maneuver our way through these next steps, seems new no matter what we do!  So glad you got to talk to your son-it is the best!!  Will watch for your celebrations in the weeks to come:)

At 2:02am on January 13, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Divisions 119 and 120 are brother divisions and train together and will have Battle Stations-21 (BST) together, so look for others with loved ones in either division. Write to your recruit and ask when Battle Stations-21 (BST) will be so you will know when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call. 

At 11:55pm on January 5, 2019, lemonelephant said…

See the info I previously gave you concerning PIR weekend.  Plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday if you are able to do that. (See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.)

At 1:07am on December 30, 2018, ProudMom said…

 Vanessa- my son arrived at BC on 12/17. I guess we are the last of the 2018 groups. We received his box and the "I'm here" phone call and that's been all. I understand that no news is good news so think of it that way. That really helped me - if I'm not hearing anything all is good. We should get our first letter this week from my understanding. Can't wait to find out his info. . 

At 8:11pm on December 29, 2018, lemonelephant said…

N4M is not like facebook. Comments on this page are for you. Others do not see them unless they happen by. To reply to a comment here, click on "Comment Back" or "View Thread" below the comment. 

At 7:58pm on December 29, 2018, Vanessa said…
Hi 4boys4me! Have you had anything more than the initial call ? I did receive the box but nothing more. My heart is hurting! How are you holding up?
At 7:50pm on December 29, 2018, 4boys4me said…
Hi Vanessa! Our son arrived at GL on 12/18 as well, left NV on 12/17.
At 2:01am on December 27, 2018, lemonelephant said…

The Page, What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology), will help you with many of the new terms you will come across.


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