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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AECF - FCs and ETs

For families that have a loved one serving the Navy as an FC or an ET. This is the place to share and learn more about their jobs and schools. For subs - look for the SECF group.

Members: 835
Latest Activity: Jul 12

Discussion Forum

Anybody out there?

Started by Jules. Last reply by Bandmom Aug 24, 2021. 2 Replies

Current A school at GL for AECF?

Started by BessLynn423. Last reply by ANOsMom Nov 11, 2019. 1 Reply

Anyone graduating A school on 10/26/18

Started by Dena4. Last reply by Anti M Oct 9, 2018. 2 Replies

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Comment by Jules on August 27, 2021 at 2:04pm

Anyone else have a new Sailor in A School? 

Comment by Jules on August 24, 2021 at 10:40am

Smidgee - thanks so much for your message response. 

He is settling in, still waiting to hear how long it will be before they actually start. From what he said they could be on-hold for a bit.

Still adjusting to him being gone. He is our one and only. 

Comment by Bandmom on October 13, 2020 at 6:53am

Sprry if my spellling isn't the best.  I have had eye surgery, and my sight is horrible right now.

Comment by Bandmom on October 13, 2020 at 6:52am

Jello Jennifer,

 My son found out that he was an E.T. at Great lakes.  He stayed at Great Lakes for A School, and has since been to different bases for more schooling.  Good luck to your new recruit/

Comment by Jennifer on October 9, 2020 at 10:16am

Anyone else here have a son or daughter shipping on Dec 1?

Comment by Jennifer on June 15, 2020 at 2:35pm

Hello new friends! I'm brand new here. My daughter leaves for boot camp Dec 1. I've read things indicating the ET/FC sorting happens at boot camp "randomly", but her recruiter told her it happens at the training school after taking a test, with the higher math score people being put into ET. Which is true?

Comment by Allison on July 26, 2019 at 11:02pm

AntiM, I’m sure my husband would’ve hated two duty days in a row, but I would’ve much preferred it haha. It was a real drag only having one full weekend to go out and explore with my husband. Definitely prepared me for his first duty station though with the 12 hour shifts and the (x) days on, (x) days off rotations. 

Comment by Tonya on July 25, 2019 at 11:18pm
Brittney, BC is the hardest part for sure, it will get easier now that he has a phone. Video chatting makes a huge difference. Don't get me wrong talking on the phone is great but being able to video chat is so much better. Rest assure he will get to know a wonderful group of people and when he is able to get liberty and you will be able to see him and also he will be able to go on liberty with a liberty buddy. They can take the train into Chicago and do some really fun things. Chicago has a lot to do for Military either free or at a discounted rate.
Comment by Brittney on July 25, 2019 at 7:41pm

TRenee - Thank you for that info, I believe my Son said he was FC but I'm definitely going to keep those expectations in mind, when he originally enlisted, his recruiter stated he would be in A school for 2 years, it's been pretty tough just dealing with BC ugh! But at least communications will be better 

Comment by TRenee on July 25, 2019 at 12:07pm

Brittney-my son's PIR was 8-10-18 and he was also AECF (ET).  He was in Great Lakes for a long time with ATT school, then A school but just left July 4th for Norfolk, VA for C school.  For a Texas boy...he was not prepared for the cold winter and was ready to leave North Chicago.  We didn't see our sailor again after PIR until he came home for Christmas.  I wanted to visit during Thanksgiving, but with his work schedule it didn't work out.  I did go up and visit in April (long road trip for this mom) and I had a great 2 days with him.  We also went as a family to see him graduate A school on June 21, and that was such a neat experience.  I hope he enjoys his time in Great Lakes! I think everyone says this....but be ready to wait!

I want to also share son got sent back during ATT school.  Each week they have to pass a test to move on to the next week.  His ATT was 10 weeks long, and he passed every single week.  Then when he took the final, he failed with a 70 (75 is passing).  He went to academic review board and they sent him back to week 5.  He was very discouraged, but held on and ended up making the highest grade in his class for the final.  It's hard, and so much information, but they can do it!  


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