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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 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.

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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 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.

Comment by ProudNavyGirlfriend on June 9, 2017 at 9:41pm

Thank you so much MrsREC!! I read other places it would be 7-9 months, so hearing it's only a month and a half, makes me feel so much better. Thank you so much. 

Comment by MrsREC on June 9, 2017 at 9:38pm

Hi ProudNavyGirlfriend!  My son is a GM.  If I recall correctly, his A school was about a month and a half.  The tests are pretty intense, so make sure he studies.  I believe there is about a test per week and if you don't pass a test then you have to start over again (I think you may be allowed to not pass only one test, but you have to re-take it).  After A school, they may send him on to C school; but I believe C school is for GM's that will be working with the missile systems.  My son works with all weapons except missile systems, so he only had to do A school.  Hope that helps.


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