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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 full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy 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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.


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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Aviation Electronics Technician (AT)


Aviation Electronics Technician (AT)

This is for the wifes/gf/spouses of sailors studying or have completed Aviation Electronics Technician (AT)

Members: 214
Latest Activity: Jun 12

Discussion Forum

Confused about schooling, new to N4M would love advice!

Started by Navy_Girlfriend_08-24-09. Last reply by Connie(Memphis Belle) Feb 8, 2011. 2 Replies

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Comment by candirad on February 4, 2018 at 2:31pm

Welcome NavyMom21.  My son graduated BC, then to A-School in Pensacola, then to Lemoore, CA for C-School (which was hilarious since we are from the ares of Lemore), then to the "oasis in the desert" Fallon, NV and now he is thankfully still in Cali.  He has tested and moved up in rank which is a great thing!  I do not know how things work, but thus far he has not deployed or been too far from his mom (lol).  I think the C-School is on the Navy's needs.  Oh - He did meet his wife of 2 years in Pensacola, and she is a wonderful girl.  Sometimes the Navy is so unpredictable. I don't know if I've been much help.

Comment by NavyMom21 on February 4, 2018 at 2:16pm

Good afternoon everyone! I hope there are some active people in here. My son just graduated BC on 2/2. He is now in Pensacola for his A school. I'm reading back through comments to find our answers but still a bit confused. He thought he was going to be getting AE, but ended with ATI. He said there many there but nothing compared to the amount of ATO's. I've read he will do AWAT, which is 1 week, and then ATT which is 4 weeks. After that he will break off into his "I" strand class. From what I seen Pensacola life is about 5 months long. Do they all go to "C" school? Any help would be amazing. Thank you. 

Comment by MaggieMay on September 15, 2017 at 2:23pm

Hello TrueBlue!  What kind of questions do you have for C school?  Hopefully we can help answer some things for ya

Hi Candirad!  Miss you!   Hard to believe but my son is re-enlisting for the second time next month.  He was given a early reenlistment with his new orders and decided to go for it since he's planning on staying in for the whole career.  Next orders - Jax.   I'm happy with that!  He won't be heading to Florida until spring so he gets to enjoy the Virginia mountains for another winter.  

Comment by candirad on September 15, 2017 at 1:45pm

I am so happy to see the chatter here.  Once our kids get going we tend to forget the newbies who can use our input.  My son is stationed at Pt. Mugu right now but they've shipped him off for some training in another state for a few months.  I'm so glad he is getting in on the ground floor of something.  He left his Pensacola bride back at Pt. Mugu but only for a few months.  The rate of pay really stinks but the housing allowance really helps the kids alot and it is tax free.

Comment by TrueBlue on September 15, 2017 at 1:22pm

I have all of the rate info now, but would like to find out about C school for ATI rate.  The rate card for AT only lists A school.


Comment by TrueBlue on September 14, 2017 at 3:58pm

Would you please post the link to this rate?

Comment by Sassenach on September 12, 2017 at 7:12pm
Our son flew out of Midwy. It just depends on how the flights work out.
Comment by MaggieMay on September 12, 2017 at 6:34pm
O'Hare is closest to Great Lakes and that's the airport my son flew out of when he went to Pensacola
Comment by Jen on September 12, 2017 at 2:41pm
My son is going to A school in Pensacola Florida from Boot Camp. Do you know which airport they fly out of from Boot Camp?
Comment by Jill (ATO Mom) on April 9, 2017 at 8:05pm

Hi Jahappy, my daughter also went ATO.  She finished boot camp, went to A school in Pensacola, went immediately to C school in Lemoore, and then did a specialty school at Whidbey Island, WA where she is now stationed with a squadron of growlers.  She was on the latest Truman deployment, but is now home and her and her sailor husband are now expecting a baby :-)  She's due in August and is now at a desk job until then, and will be for a year afterwards.  It's cool though, she was trained to a job that generally a chief or 1st class does, and ended up getting a NAM.  I'm excited to be a grandma again, and it's doubly good because they are only 6 hours from me.  As everyone has said, each AT sailor's journey is a little different so it's really hard to judge based on one.  Just sit back and enjoy the ride :-)  PS. my daughter has been in 5 years now and her goal is to do her whole 20 and retire.


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