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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Navy Speak

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


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A little about me:
I'm a Navy mom and my son has been in the Navy for 8 years now. I'm a nurse and Work at St. John's (known now as Mercy Health Care). I've been a nurse for 19 years and have worked here for the last 5 years. I love gardening, crafts and baking. You name it hiking, traveling and keeping in touch with my son.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
How important it is to be supportive not just to your own sailor, but to all you come in contact with. I mean all branches of service. Encouragement and support means all the difference when your out deployed or on missions. It amazes me how they (all personnel) are so appreciative of any little thing that is done for them when so many individuals in this world expect things and just want more, but not our US millitary forces they just give and give of themselves and there families give as well and our thrilled with a card or a thank you. Makes me very proud to be an American especially an American US Navy mom.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 9:16pm on May 15, 2018, 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 9:15pm on May 15, 2018, lemonelephant said…

Where is your Sailor stationed (what vessel, if one) and what is his rating (job)? There may be groups I can direct you to.

At 4:50pm on April 8, 2012, Pat L. in IL said…

Tammy, Yes, Molly meant me. When she said go to the website, she meant that you can reach me at Do you have a date for packing boxes? Send a request for the paperwork to (instructions come with them). Then after you pack the boxes and know the number, scan and email the forms back to Diane. She will print the postage and email it to you. Just print it out and put it one the boxes. Do you need help with customs forms? When "Molly's" pays the postage the return address has to be Molly. I'm going to send you a friend request so I can give you my phone number and you can call with any questions. Pat

At 7:38pm on March 27, 2012, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Tammy, We don't have any packing parties planned right now but I will be sure to let you know when we do!!!! Pat

At 10:11pm on October 28, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…
Tammy, Truly it was my pleasure to be of help! This project is so near and dear to my heart!! You know, we should plan a "regional" packing party. Since the bad weather is getting close, maybe in the spring. How close are you to St. Louis?? Carol lives near there and she is one fabulous mama!!!! I'm sure I could get Lauren, Kimmy P, and Sally to come with me. I'm going to mark that in my calendar to plan in early spring! Fabulous idea! Pat
At 9:22pm on October 7, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…
Hi, There are 2 ways to get to "MAS We Ship Love." First, on Molly's Adopt A Sailor page, look just below the "Information" and you will see "Click here for Sailor's Address." Or you can go to "Groups" at the top of the page, then go to page 3 and you will see it there. (Make sure you are signed in first) Let me know if you have any problems. Have a good weekend! Pat
At 6:31pm on July 19, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…
Hi Tammy, I'm sorry for the delay in approving you for "MAS We Ship Love". Somehow the notification didn't come through to my email. Anyway, WELCOME!!
At 9:41pm on July 13, 2011, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Tammy, Welcome to Molly's Adopt A Sailor!! For information on what we do and how we do it, go to Molly's Adopt A Sailor group page. On the right side of the page below the member pictures, click on "New Moms Read First". If you have questions or need help to navigate around Navy for Moms, please do not hesitate to send me a message.

Our adoption for the month of July will be handled a little differently than normal. We have been granted permission to adopt our VERY FIRST SUBMARINE!!! We will be sending very specific and limited items. Also the shipping will be done through the Ombudsman.

Thanks for joining us. This project is so much fun and you will make friends with other fabulous moms. Now don't be shy, let me know if I can answer questions. Pat

At 5:10pm on July 12, 2011, carols_kitchen said…

Give us a looky-loo.  We are a fun bunch of volunteers who love our troops.

We are also in the midst of a Pepsi vote to earn a grant for our combat hospital in Afghanistan.  There's information on the page, on our facebook page (which I learned after joining this N4M site) and by testing.  Let me know if you want more information on that.

At 6:53pm on July 11, 2011, carols_kitchen said…

Hi and Welcome. 

We are happy to have you on the Navy for Moms site.  You are invited to join either the Illinois or Missouri family page as listed below.  It is a great way to find families in your area and even help plan meet and greets. We also have some packing parties for our troops overseas getting together.

Looking forward to hearing from you in one of our groups!

Be sure and let me know if you have any questions!

PS.  Feel free to cruise my page and see if there are any other groups that interest you. One of my passions is supporting our deployed troops.  Check out and see if it is a group you may like to join.



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