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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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At 8:54am on October 7, 2011, MarianneKT's Mom said…

Sonja - There are ohers in this group that are from the Grand Rapids area. Katie likes Japan to a point, but she really likes to be out  to sea.  She has been able to be home the last 2 Decembers (1 at Christmas and last year over New Year's), but not this year even though she was suppose to have the special OIETP (?) 30 day leave this year.  The #s are really low for leave to the US off her ship. Katie has been to the top of Mt Fuji and a few other places, think she just doesn't have friends that want to travel much and she doesn't want to go alone.  Katie never played softball in her life, but was on a team this summer while they were in port. The Essex offered a Gator Cruise last summr, so my youngest son and I went for a 4 day/3 night cruise from Sasebo to Yokosuka - it was a WONDERFUL experience.

You said your daughter was an E-3, did she do JROTC or school before joining?


At 8:36am on October 7, 2011, MarianneKT's Mom said…
HI - I'm over in Superior Twp, just outside Ypsilanti.  My daughter Katie entered the Navy on  10/8/08 and is a DC on the USS Essex our of Sasebo, Japan.  Hopefully your daughter will heal quickly and be able to graduate with her PIR group.  Where will she be headed for A school, what is her rate?
At 6:21pm on October 6, 2011, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…
I am so sorry to hear your daughter got hurt. I hope she heals quickly and doesn't have to stay there much longer. My prayers are with you both, Lora
At 7:43pm on October 3, 2011, mattsmom said…

Hi, Could you send me a message with the date for Battlestations please. I need to get my blue candles ready !!!

Thanks Sue

At 12:43am on August 23, 2011, lemonelephant said…
Join the Group, PIR 10/14/2011, to connect with others with loved ones in the same TG.
At 10:32am on April 14, 2011, Carol Aileen said…

You are welcome! it sounds like she will fit right in then :)   it is hard work, but I think our kids were never pushed/challenged enough and the Navy has the right touch - good luck to your Daughter - and you!  N4M's was my life line - stay in touch -


At 10:46am on December 8, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community.
Also, check out this OPSEC Internet Safety Video

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :)

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