Military Mom Resource Guide

*this site gets updated regularly. if you have any information that could be beneficial to moms, please e-mail or message me and I will be sure to update the site! Thank you all for your contribution.

This is a comprehensive guide for moms in the military. My hope is to make PCS time as seamless as possible. We often hear the saying, "it takes a village to raise a baby", but I know the sacrifice you all make and I know that a support village during this phase of your life isn't always a possibility. We are constantly on the go, constantly meeting new people, and constantly having to restart our lives with littles in tow, on limited time frames and extremely scattered information. 

I want to be your village. I want The Drifting Anchor to not only be a place of support and encouragement with actionable tips to make your life as mom and anchor of the family as successful as possible, but I also want to provide you with resources that can truly help you get settled in your new duty station so that you can focus on what truly matters. Thank you for all you do for our country and for your families. You'll never fully understand the impact you are making in this amazing community of ours.

"If you want to change the world, go home and love your family." 

- Mother Teresa 


Norfolk, Virginia 

The world's largest Naval station currently supports the operational readiness of the US Atlantic Fleet, providing facilitates and services to enable mission accomplishment. Yes, traffic can be a little insane at times, but there is so much to do for young families, lots of amazing breweries, and miles of gorgeous beaches. 


San Diego, California

Affectionately known by the locals as "32nd Street Naval Station", is the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet. Not only is the weather absolutely beautiful, but it is No. 3 on the Forbes best beer cities list. The beaches here are amazing, the zoo is out of this world, and you are so darn close to Sea World, Lego Land, and Disney Land. 


Kings bay, georgia

Kings Bay is the east coast home to the Ohio-class submarines. Residing just north of the Florida border, Kings Bay appeals to many lifestyles. Whether you prefer country living, small town, or city life, you can find it all near Kings Bay. You are also not far from Disney World! Toss the kiddos in the car and head out for a memorable vacation!


Annapolis, MD

Annapolis is one of the most gorgeous towns in the US. It's small town, full of charm, and has the most amazing water vies. While here, be sure to bring your appetite. The amazing list of restaurants, go on for days. In addition to food, there are amazing churches, trails for runners and cyclers, and tons of activities for you and the kids. 


Groton, Connecticut

Groton, also known as "Home of the Submarine Force", is located along the beautiful Thames River. Nearly every enlisted sailor will travel through Groton at least once in their military career. It is one of the most gorgeous places to be in the warmer months and be sure to bring your appetite because the lobsta' rolls are delicious. 


Bremerton, Washington

Naval Base Kitsap is the 3rd largest Navy base in the US. It features one of four US nuclear shipyards & one of two strategic nuclear weapons facilities. One of the best attractions in Bremerton is the Boardwalk. They hold many festivals throughout the year, have great weekends activities for families, and has tons of great spots for shopping. 


Monterey, California

A graduate university offering master's and doctoral degrees in more than 70 fields of study. NPS is nestled in beautiful Monterey California. The weather is a perfect 70 year round and the local base housing is a bike's ride away from the coast. If you are a wine lover, Monterey is 2 hours from Napa and it is just an exit away from picturesque Carmel. 


Pearl Harbor, HI

The history and beauty of Pearl Harbor will take your breath away. The primary mission of Pearl is to provide berthing and shore side support to surface ships and submarines, as well as maintenance and training. Traffic is crazy, and the milk is expensive, but this is an amazing opportunity and it will not disappoint. 


jacksonville, Florida

For those of us with access to the base, a trip to the St. John's River lighthouse is a "must see". Mayport is also conveniently located close to Jacksonville Beach that is lifeguarded and offers a 6 mile trail and and a campground. There is also downtown life in Five Points that has funky shops, historic buildings, and art galleries.  


Washington, DC

The Pentagon is located in Arlington County across from the Potomac River from Washington, DC. There are tons of great suburbs to live in, but traffic is rough and should be a factor. With free access to the  museums and years worth of culture and history, DC can be a really fun duty station for you and you're family!