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.

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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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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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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.



Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2178
Latest Activity: 1 hour ago

Discussion Forum

Need help

Started by Mysailorboy1980. Last reply by Bandmom May 30. 6 Replies

A School

Started by travel101. Last reply by Katiemom May 12. 10 Replies

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by Phoenixmom Mar 18. 6 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by mom of two on December 14, 2017 at 11:09am

AntiM, I am pretty stupid when it comes to all of this.  My son is an EM and he just graduated his BECC schooling and will start his next leg when they return from stand down.  Do you know what that will be?  He keeps telling me about each step as he graduates, but I thought if I was smart enough (lol) I could give the unexpected of knowing when he comes home!! lol...........seriously tho, seems like he keeps starting a new one every week!!! lol, thank you!!  Everyone here has been sooooooo helpfult with all of the information.  I have learned a great deal from everyone!!!!  It is awesome knowing that even tho it seems like I am the only mom going throught this, that I am not alone!  It's like a comfort!!! thank you again!!!!

Comment by Butterball on December 14, 2017 at 9:40am

Okay thanks, he is a FC

Comment by Anti M on December 14, 2017 at 9:37am

ATT is Apprentice Technical Training, an electronic prep school required before A school for some ratings, AECF is the big one.  Others will take Common Core if they are in the engineering.   

Comment by Butterball on December 14, 2017 at 9:34am

Anti M what is ATT school? My son told me he passed a test he was worried about, not sure what it is.

Comment by Anti M on December 14, 2017 at 9:02am

Phoenixmom, congrats to him for getting through ATT!  Now onto the next adventure ... after leave, of course.  Will he need to wait long to class up?  Does he know?

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 13, 2017 at 7:36pm

Have a Great Evening Ladies and always thanks for sharing great info and thoughts.

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 13, 2017 at 6:25pm

Hi Ladies just got a text from my Son he Graduated his ATT school. Very Proud of my Bud!

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 13, 2017 at 10:44am

Good Morning Ladies, hope all is well.

Missingyou you are in our thoughts and Prayers, I wish you the Best Holidays ever! And may the Love between you and  Son grow stronger each and every day! Amen!

Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Have a Great day!

Comment by Missingyou on December 12, 2017 at 7:58pm

You guys are great thanks for all the comments I do feel better I miss my son so so much but I know he has a new life now and I will always be here for him because I love them so much thank you guys

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 12, 2017 at 7:07pm

well Ladies spoke to my son about watch or duty and he said those that are leaving don't or will not have a schedule to do watch only those that stay on base will be the ones to have duty or watch.


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