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.  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.

Check out these Navy Social Links...

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...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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America's Navy STEM

Today's Sailor can contribute to exciting innovations by pursuing an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Learn more here: Para Padres

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



Airman Family and Friends


Airman Family and Friends

This group is for the loved ones of Airman (E3) in the Aviation field. Feel free to share your experiences with others and give advice or suggestions when needed. Most of all, let's brag about our Airman! :)

Members: 432
Latest Activity: Mar 8

In the United States Navy, Airman is the non-rated Enlisted rank (E-3) in the Navy's Aviation Field, above Recruit (E-1) and Apprentice (E-2) but below Petty Officer Third Class (E-4).

Navy Ratings in the Airman Apprenticeship Training Program :

AT - Aviation Electronics Technician

AE - Aviation Electrician's Mate

AD - Aviation Machinist's Mate
AME - Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment)*
AMH - Aviation Structural Mechanic (Hydraulics)
AMS - Aviation Structural Mechanic (Structures)
AS - Aviation Support Equipment Technician

ABE - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment)
ABF - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels)
ABH - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling)
AC - Air Traffic Controller*
AG - Aerographer's Mate*
AK - Aviation Storekeeper
AO - Aviation Ordnanceman
AW - Aviation Warfare Systems Operator
AZ - Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
PH - Photographer's Mate
PR - Aircrew Survival Equipmentman*

* Class "A" technical school required.

Discussion Forum

Advice on Aircraft Carriers

Started by loween. Last reply by BeachBunny Feb 23, 2016. 6 Replies

New Navy Mom

Started by Candace. Last reply by Candace Sep 10, 2015. 4 Replies

Nervous mom of a future ABE!

Started by Michele. Last reply by Rocky Road Feb 26, 2015. 2 Replies

Worried mom

Started by kim. Last reply by kim Nov 10, 2014. 5 Replies

Question about airman

Started by navydaughtersmom13. Last reply by marine_navy mom Jan 9, 2013. 2 Replies

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Comment by Elizabeth on February 7, 2018 at 6:44pm

Thank you! :)

Comment by TJCsMom on February 7, 2018 at 6:36pm

Hey Elizabeth, if you’re on Facebook, there is a group called Navy AO Moms you can join with lots of moms willing to answer your AO questions. :)

Comment by Elizabeth on February 7, 2018 at 5:00pm

I have just joined this group: my son will go to Navy boot camp in two weeks. Then if all goes well it will be sometime in May 2018, then he goes to Pensacola for training for his rating, AO, Aviation Ordnanceman. That's as much as I know!! :)

Comment by mythreesons on April 28, 2017 at 9:58pm

Hi there,

My son has finished A School and will be heading to his ship to do more training.  Any info/advice from ABE moms will be appreciated!

Comment by TACsMom on December 28, 2016 at 5:07pm
My son will have PIR on 1/13/17. He will then go to Pensacola for NCCS and then A school. Can anyone tell me the lengths for A school for the different AW rates?
Comment by MarNavyMom on July 27, 2016 at 6:50pm

Hi Momofthree. They also wanted my son to do NUKE after he choose ATC Air Traffic Controller. There is a real need for nuke and most do not stay in the nuke program because it is so difficult. Mine was not forced to change and he is a happy air traffic controller now. Good luck with this and keep us posted on his progress. 

Comment by encourager on May 28, 2016 at 11:05am
So happy to learn that I have an AZ2 now. Good luck to all our sailors and Happy Memorial Day.
Comment by Redsmom on May 20, 2016 at 8:51pm

Beautifully said, Cindy-Kent's mom!  My son was in BC over the winter.  I felt and understand that same pride with his choices.  It was so hard to learn how to let go and trust.  Trust not only the Navy system but to trust the "little boy" where my mind held him.  But, yes, there is an awesome transformation and your "boy" will become the man you were hoping to see - a man with faith, determination, acceptance, potential, tolerance, growth, accountability, responsibility...  I admit the list is long and I am not only unworthy but also unable to state all of it.  But I trust you, as another sailor's mom, to understand where I am coming from - a place of God centric, national pride, family loving, and purpose driven existence. Who wouldn't be proud of that? 

Additionally, happy Armed Forces Day (5/21) to all of our sailors, airmen, marines, army and coast guards, and their families!!  I'm flying my flag for all of you keeping us safe and doing what needs to be done.  Thank You!!!

Comment by Trojans12 on May 20, 2016 at 5:26pm
My son leaves May 24th for BC, then A school in Pensacola!
Comment by BeachBunny on March 10, 2016 at 12:04pm

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