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 Mari on November 3, 2009 at 2:56pm
Thank you Trish. His rate is ATO and it seems like a lot of them are on hold. We just have to be patient and wait, lol.
Comment by Mari on October 30, 2009 at 3:30pm
Jenny and Trish thank you for responding. Yes, my son made his wish list last few weeks of A school but none of the ones in his glass were given their duty station yet. When he finished A school he learned the class that graduated prior to his also had not received their duty stations.....looks like many of them are on hold for now and from the looks of it probably until after the holidays.

The good news is that I will see him for Christmas so I'm really looking forward to that.
Comment by Mari on October 29, 2009 at 2:04pm
Hi Jenny, great idea on starting this group. My son is in PCola, he finished his A school a few weeks ago and is awaiting for his duty station. His rate is ATO. How long does it usually take before they are given their duty station?
Comment by Matt's Mom/Cathy on October 28, 2009 at 9:21pm
I will have to remember Flounders next time we go. Looks like Matt will be coming home for Thanksgiving and again at Christmas. He should start A school in January. He is in the Accelerate To Excellence Program so he is actually in Pensacola finishing his degree before he starts A school. He is really enjoying Pensacola and life in the Navy. We went to visit him in September and the only place we ate at was Lambert's in Foley, AL. Matt wanted home cooking so we took a cooler of food with us. He will probably be in Pensacola until next summer. That is perfectly fine with me since we live in Texas and it is only a 8 hour drive to Pensacola.
Comment by Matt's Mom/Cathy on October 28, 2009 at 8:58pm
Thanks Jenny for starting this group! My son is in Pensacola and will be starting AT school. His PIR date was 7/31. He is really enjoying Pensacola and his Navy life.

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