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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

Comment Wall


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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. 

Comment by Anti M on February 26, 2019 at 3:44pm

I was an ET, but before the AECF program!  They still do the same job though.  Not computer programming, it is mostly maintenance of systems.  FC do more operating of their systems than ETs do.  ETs work on communications and radar primarily.  it is an indoor job, in air conditioned spaces.  A school teaches them the basics of their rating, C school determines what they will be working on.  FCs have a much narrower choice of systems, and the weapons system they get will determine the type of ship they are on.  ETs go everywhere, and can several C schools.  Both usually go to sea duty first, then shore duty after that.

Comment by Bandmom on February 26, 2019 at 12:57pm

Hello Dawn1231,  My sailor is an E.T.  It was not anything that he had hoped for, but he is loving it.  As for working conditions, he is in the ship.  Not outside at all.  He has had additional training and is optimistic for the future.  Good luck to you and your sailor.

Comment by Cleaver6 on February 26, 2019 at 12:49pm
AECF is Advanced Electronics and Computer Field. It is excellent training that goes with a 6 year enlistment. He will either become an ET (electronics technician) or FC (fire control, as in ship weapons). Either way, it's an electronics oriented job. He'll be able to work on pretty much every ship in the fleet and shore duty later.
Comment by Dawn1231 on February 26, 2019 at 10:12am

My son swore in yesterday and his contract shows AECF.  I don't know much about the job, as this was not even on his wish list and I'm very confused how it ended up as one they told him to choose from.  Can someone tell the layman's version of what this is, the working conditions, etc.  He is formally in CRM, but they told him that he can change to AECF.  I'm just confused at this point.

Comment by TRenee on February 5, 2019 at 4:36pm

Thanks everyone for the info!


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