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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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: 213
Latest Activity: on Thursday

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

A school

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

A school

Started by TravelMomma!. Last reply by TravelMomma! Sep 20, 2017. 2 Replies

GM A school graduation

Started by RONDA. Last reply by NavyMom2014 Jul 5, 2016. 2 Replies

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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?
Comment by Donosmom on August 20, 2017 at 9:09am
Good morning! I got my "I'm a sailor call" Friday, so I think now is a good time to join GM moms. I am a bit superstitious and didn't want to join until he made it through boot camp. PIR is the 25th, and I can hardly wait... five more days!!! I look forward to connecting with you in the future. I don't comment often, but I read ALL comments on the group and am grateful for this chat room! Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!!
Comment by NavyMom2014 on July 13, 2017 at 6:39pm

Hi JordansMomVet!!! In A school, he can have pretty much anything he would have at home.  Everything he has though will have to fit into his "locker" in his room (It's kind of a mini closet).  Everything has to be "out of sight."  Civilian clothing is ok, but I wouldn't take much at least to begin with because he has to do certain things before he can wear them outside of their "ship."  One of the first things my son wanted us to get for him was underwear.  I laughed until he told me he was serious.

One piece of advice....don't expect him to start Tech School and A School right away.  My son was on hold for from PIR on 12/5/14 until about the middle of April of 2014.

He may get discouraged because they don't do much while "on hold" except for a lot of cleaning and duty shifts.  Whatever you do, for him...stay upbeat and encouraging.  Lots and lots of letters and cards from home from anyone to keep his spirits up.  Remind him, school will start and then it will fly from there.  My son went to San Diego for C School and has been in Spain for almost 2 years.  He loves it!!  Good luck to him and lots and lots of hugs to you!! 


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