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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Navy Speak

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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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: 476
Latest Activity: May 23, 2022

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

First Duty Station

Started by BF2000. Last reply by mythreesons Mar 3, 2019. 4 Replies

PACT- Airman

Started by Gforce82. Last reply by HerMom Nov 5, 2018. 3 Replies

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

Comment Wall


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Comment by BF2000 on January 15, 2019 at 1:27am

My son is at his first duty station. He has been there since October. At first he seemed to be doing well but not so much now. He sounds so depressed when I talk to him. This really concerns me. He's always been very social and easy going but now he's become withdrawn and he's isolating himself. He is having a hard time connecting with people and is already counting down the days to get out of the military.

I've encouraged him to talk to someone like a chaplain about what he's feeling but he doesn't think it'll help. He also says he thinks they'll think he's weak and a punk. I guess it's a male ego thing.

I know he has to grow up and life can be difficult but it breaks my heart. I don't know what to do, how to help. Since he won't talk to anyone else I've told him to call me when he is feeling down but I don't know what to say when he calls. 

I tell him to hang in there but I'm sure that's not what he wants to hear. And I know it doesn't help.

Can any of you relate? Perhaps you could offer some sound advice for me or him. 

Comment by Redsmom on January 4, 2019 at 10:00pm

CVN= Aircraft Carrier Nuclear Propulsion

Comment by misisu on January 4, 2019 at 2:51pm

Gforce82 - CVN = Aircraft Carrier; MCM = mine countermeasures; VAQ = electronic warfare squadron

Comment by Gforce82 on October 11, 2018 at 7:01pm

Anyone know anything about CVN? MCM? VAQ? Recruit shared their wish list and not exactly sure what this means. 

Comment by misisu on October 9, 2018 at 7:31pm

My son is Graduating boot on Fri and will be going to A school in Pensacola. I look forward to learning about this side of the Navy.

His rate is AO

Comment by Amanda on May 12, 2018 at 9:28am
Hello, I am new to the group. My son left for boot camp April 30th and will be going to Pensacola FL. for Aircrewman School afterward. I’m trying to learn all I can about the navy, his job, and what happens along the way.
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 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. 


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