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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


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Air Traffic Controller Moms


Air Traffic Controller Moms

Known as the "Elite of the Fleet" , a small but unique class of individuals that work as team to keep not only our military air spaces safe, but as well as airports all over safe with expeditious movement!

Members: 148
Latest Activity: Feb 4, 2020

Little Excitment at JFK

Discussion Forum

How long is A school?

Started by DesiD Feb 21, 2019. 0 Replies

Pensacola AC school 10/2015

Started by Sandi805. Last reply by Chef2NavyAC Oct 21, 2015. 1 Reply

Breaking Sad news

Started by Proud2bnavyMom. Last reply by Proud2bnavyMom Apr 30, 2015. 3 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by MattsMom on February 4, 2020 at 2:15pm

Hello! Any mom's with a child at Whiting Filed in FL?

Comment by MarNavyMom on February 12, 2019 at 12:15pm

Hello Jawjrpch, Congratulations ! My son is AC. My son went to the ATC A school in Pensacola but it was a few years ago. My son will be done with the Navy in November. It is a tough rate but my son loves it. Pensacola will be an awesome place for you to visit and my son loved being there.

Comment by Jawjrpch on February 12, 2019 at 11:53am

Hello all..I'm new to the page. My son is celebrating his 2 yr Navy anniversary this month. He is currently stationed aboard the Reagan in Japan but was just selected for the AC rate, not sure when it will begin. Any information you can share about ATC Pensacola would be greatly appreciated. TIA

Comment by AustinsMom on October 23, 2018 at 12:49pm

Hello mom’s, I have a son shipping off to BC in 2 weeks. I’m trying to get myself in ready mode. Thanks for all the comments you’ve added thus far, it’s helping.

Comment by Kris on October 15, 2018 at 10:51am

Hello!  My son graduated from Navy boot camp on 10/12 and arrived in Pensacola yesterday to start A school in Air Traffic Control.  Very appreciative of this website and all the support provided on here!

Comment by Amber on September 7, 2018 at 11:28pm

Welcome Mark. My son finished air traffic control school last November. If you have questions feel free to ask. 

Comment by Mark on September 7, 2018 at 6:40pm
My Daughter is in boot camp now and Graduate 5 Oct , then to A school in pensacola for Air traffic controller’s school
Comment by Casey's mom on August 12, 2018 at 8:37am

Hello hruark01,  

my Sailor is currently at A school in Pensacola and let me tell you he loves it there. He went through basic in the winter months and was very happy to get back to his home state. As for what they can have I will just tell you what my son has with him at this time and it is all allowed. Some things they have to ask for a special chit for high dollar items but he got it. He has a 19 in. TV, xbox1, Nintendo switch, Nintendo DS, some of his own clothes, watch, his necklace with a cross on it, computer, tablet, phone, and games that are allowed with him. They just have to remember when they leave they have to pack it and ship it where they are going or someone needs to meet them and pick it up. Many of them sell things when they are preparing to ship somewhere new. My son has been there for two months now. He had to wait for about a month for his class to start. He is scheduled to graduate in November as long as he passes everything and doesn't get held back. Good luck to your niece. If you have any other questions. Please feel free to ask. 


Comment by hruark01 on August 8, 2018 at 8:53pm

Hey ladies! I'm looking for PIR / graduation ideas for my niece.

We already got her luggage & pearls for high school graduation and have some ideas for "A" school graduation but I need help / suggestions for boot camp graduation.

I guess maybe because I don't know what she can have or will need at "'A" school - Please help...

Thank you!

Comment by Amber on June 3, 2018 at 11:39am

HDragonfly 42. My son went through BC a year ago and than went to Pensacola for Air Traffic Controller school. He is now stationed in NJ.  If you have any questions feel free to ask.


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