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.

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 as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

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

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer 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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




AB - Moms

Aviation Boatswain's Mates ABE,ABF,ABH a major part in launching and recovering naval aircraft.quickly and safely from land or ships. preparing and fueling planes prior to take- off, fire fighting and salvage and rescue.

Members: 229
Latest Activity: Oct 10, 2023

Discussion Forum

ABH job description questions

Started by lizzy_hamilton17. Last reply by Rod Sep 28, 2019. 5 Replies

fb group

Started by Bama_ABH_mama Sep 23, 2019. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Shanny on October 10, 2023 at 12:42pm

Welcome to the club!  This board has been very quiet. Feel free to visit the Beyond BC board if you haven’t already!  Lots of people on that one with all different levels of experience-even veterans on there. 

I’ll try to help with anything I can. One issue that just came up for me was there was a problem with my son’s bank account. He had done power of attorney paperwork but forgot to send it to me so I can’t handle the issue. He will have to wait until a port call or he returns to handle it. 

Comment by Mom2Boss on October 10, 2023 at 10:51am

Hi Shanny!

I've been searching for an active group! First timer here; my daughter is an ABH, deploying very soon. Need all the information I can get my hands on. 

Comment by Shanny on October 10, 2023 at 9:58am

Mom2Boss:  I am here!!  My son is an ABE. 3 1/2 years in. Currently deployed

Comment by Mom2Boss on October 10, 2023 at 9:56am

Any current members still here?

Comment by Rod on February 3, 2020 at 3:14pm

My son is an ABH1 and has been in for 16 years.  Most likely if your sailor is an AB they will go to a carrier after Pensacola. Sea duty for AB is 5 years before rotating to shore duty.  My son has been on two carriers ( East and West coast) and is finishing up his second shore duty. Once they reach the carrier the will probably be on the flight deck or hangar bay where they will go through a series of “quals” (qualifications). Average 7 month deployments.  Any other guestions feel free to contact me.

Comment by Laura on February 3, 2020 at 1:43pm

I'm also new here.  My son arrived in Pensacola yesterday for ABF "A" school.  Anyone else?

Comment by Sherricat on September 26, 2019 at 7:19pm

I'm new here. My son is currently in BC for a rating if ABH. Can anyone share information or experiences with me?

Comment by Katski on January 23, 2019 at 12:17pm

anyone on here that is recent - all the feeds I see are from 2017

Comment by LacyFuFu on September 9, 2017 at 7:18pm
My son started bootcamp on Tuesday the 5th. He goes to ABF school in Pensacola after bootcamp. Until he goes there he will not know where he is going from there
Comment by LacyFuFu on September 9, 2017 at 7:16pm
To know about how boot camp is going you can google/YouTube experience at boot camp. It is very informative. We don't know how bootcamp is going since our kids just started.

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