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: 477
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 encourager on May 28, 2016 at 11:05am
So happy to learn that I have an AZ2 now. Good luck to all our sailors and Happy Memorial Day.
Comment by Redsmom on May 20, 2016 at 8:51pm

Beautifully said, Cindy-Kent's mom!  My son was in BC over the winter.  I felt and understand that same pride with his choices.  It was so hard to learn how to let go and trust.  Trust not only the Navy system but to trust the "little boy" where my mind held him.  But, yes, there is an awesome transformation and your "boy" will become the man you were hoping to see - a man with faith, determination, acceptance, potential, tolerance, growth, accountability, responsibility...  I admit the list is long and I am not only unworthy but also unable to state all of it.  But I trust you, as another sailor's mom, to understand where I am coming from - a place of God centric, national pride, family loving, and purpose driven existence. Who wouldn't be proud of that? 

Additionally, happy Armed Forces Day (5/21) to all of our sailors, airmen, marines, army and coast guards, and their families!!  I'm flying my flag for all of you keeping us safe and doing what needs to be done.  Thank You!!!

Comment by Trojans12 on May 20, 2016 at 5:26pm
My son leaves May 24th for BC, then A school in Pensacola!
Comment by BeachBunny on March 10, 2016 at 12:04pm
Comment by Redsmom on March 10, 2016 at 11:57am

My son goes through PIR next week.  He is PACT Airman right now.  Is this a good group for me to join?

Comment by ChristineLI,NY on December 25, 2015 at 6:00pm

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Navy families. Pray for all good  things for our sailors in the year to come!

Comment by encourager on December 24, 2015 at 9:48pm
My Navy moms, let's light up the site with good wishes for Christmas. I start!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.. Thanks for all your support throughout my Sailor's Naval career.
Comment by kim on December 18, 2015 at 1:25am
My son was undesignated and got picked up for AD...he says he has to take an exam in March...can anyone give me more info and/or ides on what he should use to study
Comment by momaposeidon on October 8, 2015 at 10:22pm

Jenny, My son is E3, still in Pensacola but has been told he is going to the GWHB carrier, any tips for this mom as a newbie, what can I send with him that will make life more comfortable for him. He has been on crutches the last 3 months with a broken ankle and on medical hold but has been released now.

Comment by phloughb on September 1, 2015 at 10:44am
Graduation is not a formal thing during their A school. It is not like boot camp at all. Your seafloor will need to keep you informed of his processes.

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