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 Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 19, 2008 at 9:43am
Julie, all of us moms are curious...has he been told yet if he is heading to C school when he finishes in June or out to a ship? Normally FCs go on to C school in San Diego or Virginia depending on what system they are working on but our son told us last week he is hearing that he may go to a ship first and then sent to C school later. My husband can't believe that is possible as he was an FC and he said even after they complete C school, the senior staff members don't want new folks touching the equipment until they prove their capabilities. These guys treat their equipment better than their most prized possessions!
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 18, 2008 at 4:29pm
Kelly, what date did your son do his PIR? Ours was 4/25 but Nick was on hold for about a week before he started his 2 week basic seamanship class. He called today and has a week to go there and is hoping the ATT program starts without another hold. Has your son started the ATT program or? Haven't heard back from the C school mom but believe she is new to the site and is not on much - will keep you posted.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 17, 2008 at 10:15pm
Hi Kelly, our son did go with a six yr contract and specifically for AE/CF but it was open classification for ET, FC, Sonar or CTN. They told him on his 3rd week he would meet with the counselor at BC to determine which rate - he did that and got the FC.

My husband (former FC) does not believe they can send an FC to a ship without C school either as the systems are very complex and would be useless to the fleet as an FC. We have a new mom who's son is graduating from C school today and I sent her an email and hope to hear back from her.

Any of these ratings are really very good, I know they have moved a few into ETs (Lynndear and CCRs son) but my husband is hoping our son will stay an FC...for ego, historical purposes... simply bragging rights to his old FCs friends!!!
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 16, 2008 at 1:56pm
Hi all, I posted an article about ATT school that you might be interested in. Look for ATT school.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 16, 2008 at 9:56am
Hi FC moms, got a call this morning from our Sailor (actually he calls about once a day) he had duty yesterday so he was just turning it over and was heading to bed so he would be awake for his class this afternoon.

He said that he is hearing stories that instead of heading to C school, that they may be sent to a ship as an apprentice and then C school will follow afterwards. Has anyone else heard of this?

My old FC husband said to be able to work on their equipment, they need the C school first as it is very complex systems but things can change.

I had to ask my son if he was concerned about going to a ship and he said no, he really is fine either way just curious. We are going to try to email one of my husband's former FC division mates, he has now been in the Navy for 25 + years and is an E9 in a very heavy position over all of these systems to see if he can share any info with us and I'll keep you posted.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 11, 2008 at 1:48pm
Happy Mother's Day to all of my fellow FC moms! Nick has duty today but did manage to call. He is in the two week basic seamanship class from 3 pm to midnight and then will be heading to the electronics class which I think is 10 weeks long if memory serves me right. It is a long road to FC land and we are just at the beginning! Wishing everyone a fabulous day!
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 9, 2008 at 8:29am
Hi all, Nick gets to put the paint brush down!! He called yesterday and was starting the next round of classes at 3 pm. He didn't have alot of details yet but he was reporting in at 3 to do paperwork and this class is supposed to last two weeks.
Comment by CCR on May 6, 2008 at 12:32am
Not here, but would be interested to know more roommates. Thanks you all for all your well wishes. Since we have had many family and friends in the Navy - everyone advised him in BC to shut up and listen, pay attention, and don't volunteer for anything. While he's been on hold, he said he volunteered to work at the Thrift Shop. He's done plenty of community service, so I hope it helped him pass the time.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 5, 2008 at 10:50pm
Hi all, got a phone call from our son tonight. He is on hold waiting for the next classes to begin so he got to paint a building today.

He told us his building is typically all FCs students but there are some other rates there right now. His roommates are Evans and Lanier - do these Sailors belong to anyone here?
Comment by CCR on May 3, 2008 at 4:52pm
Kelly, could you check on San Diego. My brother went to San Diego and then Rhode Island, was in reserves for 30 odd years. But the couple that met in the Navy that are our close friends told us last night that Clinton sold that base among many others when he was President. Were they misinformed? Something to the effect he sold it to the Army.?. I don't always have my facts straight...

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