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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."

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.

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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: 842
Latest Activity: 10 hours ago

Discussion Forum

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


Started by Ramon.. Last reply by Dena4 Sep 16, 2018. 2 Replies

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Comment by DawnJosh on July 19, 2019 at 11:21am
My son just left for bootcamp yesterday. He chose AEF. All we know right now is that his A school will be in Chicago for 32 weeks.
How does visitation work and Will he get weekends off?
Comment by ellen0502 on July 7, 2019 at 1:23pm

Like Anti M said he will probably be there three years for sea duty then sent somewhere else for shore duty.

My son, also an ET, was stationed in Sasebo for his first sea duty, he was then sent elsewhere for his shore duty. My son was at sea more than he was on base, but the sea is where he wants to be. :) He loved Japan!

Comment by Tonya on July 7, 2019 at 10:16am
Thank you, Anti M, yes that is where he will be and yes definitely want to visit Japan while he is stationed there.
Comment by Anti M on July 7, 2019 at 9:20am

We have a number of bases in Japan, but I am assuming he is going to a ship there, in Yokosuka.  Most sets of orders are for three years for unaccompanied sailors.  After that, he would be sent somewhere else, although much will depend how much longer is on his contract, and if he wants to extend or re-enlist.  

The operational tempo of the 7th fleet is very high, meaning is he is on a ship, he will be at sea more often than not.  If he gets to take leave, it will be in short periods such as two weeks at a time rather than an entire month.   Japan is a wonderful country, with a lot to do, good food, safe, clean, and friendly.  Get your passport so you can visit.  

Comment by Tonya on July 6, 2019 at 10:15pm
Hi there I am new to this group and looking to hear information on how long my son, who is an ET, can be expected to be stationed in Japan? He will be doing part of his C school in Dam Neck, Virginia then 2nd half in Japan where he will be stationed. Can we expect the rest of 6 year commitment to all be in Japan? He is unmarried which someone said could make a difference
Comment by Anti M on June 7, 2019 at 6:31pm

That is very exciting that they had a nice ceremony.  They work so hard to get to graduation! 

Comment by Bandmom on May 7, 2019 at 10:16am

Congratulations ETMomOH!  That is indeed exciting.  My son is an E.T. and just finishing up his first deployment.  He is so happy.  I am now planning a trip to be on the Pier when he gets back.  Congratulations to you and your Sailor.

Comment by ETMomOH on May 7, 2019 at 9:55am

My son just graduated ET A school. We attended a really nice ceremony and they had  ET t-shirts, hoodies, sweat pants and ball caps across the hall to purchase. I'm such a sucker, I got one of each, an extra  hoodie and extra t-shirt to put in a momento box I'm keeping for him. I'm SO proud! He graduated boot camp on 8/10/18, he was never set back and had almost no hold time. He's set to ship out to C school before the end of the month. This time is flying by!

Comment by Pooter527 on April 16, 2019 at 1:33pm
ETS having a lot of job opportunities in the civilian job market.
Comment by Allison on February 26, 2019 at 6:17pm

Sometimes they see a job is a better fit for recruits or sailors after they take the asvab or during training. Sometimes it’s also just about the needs of the Navy changing. One of those two things is probably why they switched him. 


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