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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.

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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

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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!! 

Comment by JocularmonkeysMomVet on July 13, 2017 at 6:24pm

anyone know what the school allows them to have in way of personal items?  Son will graduate bootcamp 8/25.

I will bring his cell phone, but what about civilian clothing, underwear, tennis shoes, headphones, etc?

or if someone can point me to a GM A school online listing?

I assume not much can be brought.

Still waiting on a letter from him but found he will be in Ship Staff. Time ticks

Comment by FlBroomie on June 14, 2017 at 3:56pm

Hi and Welcome ProudNavyGirlfriend. My son and NavyMom2014 graduated boot camp, A school and C school together but parted to go to different duty stations. Her GM got Spain mine got Hawaii. Mine has only been on a short deployment and will do a long one later this year.

You will meet a lot of people on this site and others over the big wide web. If you get a chance to in person meet any of these new friends please make sure you do. NavyMom2014 and I met when our GMs graduated C school in San Diego in 2015 and have been friends ever since. It is good to have a close friend to compare notes with and share experiences with who understands what you are going through

The hardest part of military life is the goodbyes. Choking up every time you see someone in uniform, hearing the National anthem. It's all part of the military family. People are here for you when you don't understand something or having a rough day. Never be afraid to ask 

God Bless your sailor and welcome to this group!

Comment by Ruth, Gun's Mom on June 9, 2017 at 11:05pm
ProudNavyGirlfriend, my son has been a GM for thirteen years. The best advice I can give you is don't make plans! Welcome to the roller coaster called the Navy. My son deals with small arms. He's only been on a ship once, but deployed several times on land.
Comment by NavyMom2014 on June 9, 2017 at 9:58pm

My son loves it!!  He has been in Spain stationed on a destroyer since November 2015.  He loves his job, Spain and being out on the water.  He has completed two patrols and getting ready to go out again, in the next couple of months or so, I'm guessing. 

Comment by MrsREC on June 9, 2017 at 9:51pm

Good point, NavyMom2014.  I had forgotten about the Tech School.

Comment by ProudNavyGirlfriend on June 9, 2017 at 9:51pm

All of this information is so amazing and so helpful. Thank you NavyMom2014 and MrsREC. I'm new to all of this so I'm just asking every single question I have. Do your sons like being GMs?

Comment by MrsREC on June 9, 2017 at 9:49pm

What you read may have included C school.  But, it didn't take too long for my son to get through A school.  However, be prepared for your boyfriend to have to wait for his orders after he completes A school.  My son waited for his orders for about 2 months before he found out where he was being sent to.  It was pretty frustrating.

Comment by NavyMom2014 on June 9, 2017 at 9:49pm

Hi!  My son's PIR was Dec 5, 2014.  He was on hold until his group "classed up" in the middle of April of 2015 when he started Tech School which was about 4 weeks and then he graduated from A school the end of July.  He decided to specialize in the 5-inch gun and went to C school in San Diego from the beginning of September until the end of October.


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