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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AD Moms, girlfriends, and families


AD Moms, girlfriends, and families

Members: 133
Latest Activity: Apr 20, 2021

Discussion Forum

How long is A School for AD?

Started by imomxfour x 3 Sailors. Last reply by melbell Oct 4, 2017. 6 Replies

Getting Married While In A School?

Started by Melshantell May 8, 2014. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Valtameri on June 13, 2018 at 10:07pm

Hello bz74mom and a belated hello to Margaret!

Comment by bz74mom on June 13, 2018 at 6:55pm

Hi all, Im new here I just wanted to introduce myself. My son entered BC on 5/30 and he went in for AD. Still waiting for a letter. Im hopeful it will be any day.

Comment by Margaret on April 17, 2018 at 2:12pm

Hello Everyone! My son is currently almost at the end of BC. Waiting for the "I'm a Sailor" call. He went in for AD. PIR this week. My stomach is in knots. I can't wait to see him, he is my youngest! Already have one over in Japan, going on his 3rd year.

Comment by TAT'sMom on August 23, 2017 at 12:18am
My son arrived 8/5, classed up 1 week later. All is going smoothly and graduates 9/13/17. Then home for 5 days. So looking forward to his visit. They get so independent and our motherly worry is not needed. They work so hard to get here, now Moms let's take a breathe and watch them soar!
Comment by yoggi b on April 27, 2017 at 5:22pm

HI all, daughter is in BC, I am new to understanding her decision in her career but honor her for stepping up. I just received her form letter, sent out hers. I am trying to figure out how to find my way to her for celebration but I am not sure.

Comment by Diamante 03 on February 26, 2017 at 11:02pm

I see it's been awhile since anyone has commented on here can I get knew info plz. Is there still a long possible wait time for class to start?

Comment by Tinkerbell on June 30, 2016 at 9:30pm
My sailor just got to Pensacola, he says he doesn't know when AD school will start....
Comment by Lisa on April 7, 2016 at 8:37pm
It took 3 weeks for my son to class up.
Comment by juliw on April 7, 2016 at 8:08am

Hi AliMac! Welcome to the AD page!

My son was at Pensacola waiting to class up for 3 months. It really just depends on the classes themselves. They do have a process (that means nothing to us!) but even my son couldn't really explain it. Brooke is right though. They do a lot of cleaning while in INDOC! 

Comment by Brooke on April 6, 2016 at 11:39pm
AliMac I'm not sure how long wait time is currently but my husband was at AD A school this past May and his wait time was only 2 weeks. Also they do stay in Pensacola while waiting they do INDOC (not exactly sure on the specifics of this I think it's some class on base rules and basic information) and a lot of cleaning while they wait.

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