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 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 6/23/2022 - 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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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: 478
Latest Activity: May 23

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

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Comment by phloughb on September 1, 2015 at 10:42am
Comment by phloughb on September 1, 2015 at 10:41am
@Jayne-Your daughter is blessed to get next part of her journey. She may have a waiting period before her training begins in Pensacola. This depends on if there are enough to create a class within the training schedule. There are a couple of phases she will go through. Initially she will be required to wear her uniform at all times. Once she has been there awhile she will be able to wear her civilian clothes. Eventually she will complete her training and on her way to her next part. My son has been in for over 2 years now as an AM but he remembers quite a bit. There is useful info on the bases website if you need more.
Comment by Luvmy2sons on September 1, 2015 at 10:32am

Do they publish information about A School Graduation?  I was given an Oct 5 date but nothing else? Where to go? What to expect?

Comment by Jayne on August 27, 2015 at 12:31pm

My daughter had her PIR on 8/21 and is now in Pensacola going through Indoctrination. She is going to be an ATO. What are the next things she will go through for training?

Comment by Daniel on July 27, 2015 at 2:01am
@phloughb yes this is very helpful thank you, I hope everything goes as planned, thank your son for his service and the information.
Comment by phloughb on July 26, 2015 at 11:42pm
Daniel, I understand from my son that A Pact is pretty immediate. They don't have to wait to class up. Once they are done they get their 2 weeks of leave prior too going to their dirrty station. I hope this is helpful.
Comment by Daniel on July 26, 2015 at 4:12pm
Hi everyone Does anyone have an Airmen who is fresh out of Pensacola that might be able to help.

My girlfriend is due to PIR next week. I'm in the Army stationed in Germany and I am hoping to take leave the same time she takes leave after A school. Does anyone know if there is a wait to class up for A-PACT Sailors in Pensacola. If there is a wait or hold due to Sailors waiting for a spot in class how long is the wait?

I haven't seen her in a long time and I am planning on asking for her hand in marriage. I have to request my leave by Wednesday and any help in scheduling so I can see my EVERYTHING would be greatly appreciated
Comment by ChristineLI,NY on June 26, 2015 at 10:01pm

My son's squadron is leaving for a month long deployment on the USS Ronald Reagan.  He will be out of range for any communication :(.

Comment by phloughbe on June 25, 2015 at 11:09pm

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Comment by encourager on June 25, 2015 at 9:56pm
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