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."


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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GM Moms

Group for Moms of Gunners Mates in A School or on Duty

Members: 215
Latest Activity: Feb 14

I thought it would be great to get a group together of people who have a Gunners Mate in training or one on duty. I hope we can all give each other a little insight as to what is in store for our Navy Men and Women!!

Discussion Forum

GM Sailors birthday

Started by Mamma073 Feb 14. 0 Replies

A school

Started by TravelMomma!. Last reply by Mamma073 Feb 14. 3 Replies

A school

Started by Carlsmom. Last reply by Carlsmom Sep 27, 2017. 6 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Gunnie430 on March 7, 2018 at 11:41pm
I am willing to answer some questions if you might have them. A little about myself, I have been a active duty Gunnersmate for 14 years so I’ve been around and seen some things.
Comment by TahoeZephyr on March 7, 2018 at 11:10pm

Hello Everyone - I am new to this group.  Our son is being re-rated from the Nuke program to GM.  He has been at DTP in Goose Creek for 5 weeks now, and is currently waiting for orders to head to GL for A School.  Any advice or information that may be useful for a smooth transition is welcome :)

Comment by BSunshine on February 24, 2018 at 12:52am

Hi! My son graduates GM school 3/1 and just received his orders for SanDiego. This momma is in tears. . My daughter is a corpsman in Va Beach and now my youngest and only son will be in San Diego.  He did amazing all through A school we are super proud that he graduates ranking so well in his class 

Comment by 9699mom on February 2, 2018 at 1:17pm

Hello to all GM Families - my son will graduate from BC next Friday (2/9/18).  He then will be moving over to A school in GL for Gunners Mate training.  Happy to be in this group.  Any and all information will be so great.  I will check back in after PIR!!!  Can't wait to see him.  

Comment by SOTS on January 19, 2018 at 12:58pm

Hi GAsailorMom! Welcome aboard - this rate can be pretty diverse, anything from missile systems to small arms and everything in between. Sounds like your son is making good choices for his future 

Comment by NavyMom2014 on August 30, 2017 at 1:47pm

Hi Annie!

The only thing I have to say is, don't be in a hurry.  My son's PIR was 12/5/14 and didn't get classed up to start A school until mid to end of April 2015.  Granted they had holiday stand down in there which didn't help, but it took forever!  Everything moves on Navy time, which means wait, wait, wait, wait.....GO!! and do it now!! 

Comment by Annie on August 30, 2017 at 1:29pm

Just trying to get a handle on the waiting period for A school. Does anyone know when the last group was "classed up"?  I figure they have to wait until they have enough candidates to begin a class. I wonder how many are currently "on hold" and how many they need to start. Thanks for any information ya'll have.  This site provides a wealth of information. Thank you to everyone for participating.

Comment by Ruth, Gun's Mom on August 21, 2017 at 4:48pm
Donosmom, probably not or you'd most likely know. He might not know until during school when he figures out what his speciality will be.
Comment by Donosmom on August 21, 2017 at 1:50am
Ruth, I don't know where he is headed after A school. Does he have that information?
Comment by Ruth, Gun's Mom on August 20, 2017 at 8:52pm
Welcome! Do you know where he's heading after A-school?

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