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: 833
Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2022

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 Anti M on July 25, 2019 at 8:04am

Allison, back when I was in A school at Glakes, we had "duty weekends" .  Two whole duty days, sometimes three, so only one of our weekends was screwed up for the month.  We had four duty sections, and somehow I worked my way up into being the section leader (platoon back then).  No standing watch, but I was head babysitter.  Yikes, I have stories.

Comment by Anti M on July 25, 2019 at 8:01am


The thing about A school is that whatever seat time is given, the actual time spent in Great Lakes will be longer.  There will be ATT before A school, and then a wait to class up.  Sometimes there is even a wait for orders after A school.  Stay flexible, and patient. 

Allison is correct, wait a few weeks before planning a visit.  They must wear only their uniform in phase one, and if you wait, they can go off base in their own civilian clothes in phase two.  Phase three means they can stay out overnight on weekends.  They learn all this during indoc.

Also, if they are there for Christmas, they get to take leave for the holiday stand down.

Comment by Brittney on July 22, 2019 at 6:38pm

Hello Beautiful Momma's! My recruit's PIR is 08/09 and he will be A school bound in AECF so I figured I would join in the fun :-)

Comment by DawnJosh on July 19, 2019 at 1:48pm
Thank you Allison!
Comment by Allison on July 19, 2019 at 1:14pm

Hi DawnJosh,

You Can visit any time during his A School, but I would caution you to wait to plan trips until after he arrives and learns his duty schedule and class schedule. As his parents, you are qualified “liberty buddies,” and he will just need to escort you onto base, and you will sign him out from his barracks, so you do not have to plan on having other sailors accompany you, but it is always a nice gesture to offer for friends to come along :) 

He will get some weekends off, usually 1 per month. The other weekends he will have either Saturday or Sunday as part of his duty day, and so he will have to stay in uniform and on base, even when he’s not actively on watch. This will all make more sense later, or if you like, I can write more about it after I get off work! 

Welcome, and best of luck to your new recruit/future sailor! 

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

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