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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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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GM Moms

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

Members: 212
Latest Activity: Sep 13

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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on July 3, 2008 at 8:57am
Do not waste your money sending packages overnight!!! The mail delivery system is a tad different on this side of the base and anyone that has sent overnight packages find it is three or four days before it reaches their sailor. Promise!

They will receive liberty this weekend - for many it started last night. However they will probably have duty one of those days. But they so will appreciate this weekend after the regiment of boot camp!
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on July 2, 2008 at 1:27pm
Hey ladies, I've been talking to a couple of the GM moms so thought I would stop by and see how you are.

I did post the job description for GM in the school and education forum for your review. It states that A school is 115 days long in GL.

Our son is in the AE/CF program as an FC and he is currently in A school and called last night and said that there are ETs, ICs, FCs and GMs in the class.

It is self-paced computerized program and each rate has a target completion date. Some will finish a few days earlier, some a few days later. They do report to class Mon-Friday, missing class is not an option.

Also if your sons are just settling in and have not started class yet, there are a couple of classes that they go thru first. Indoc takes about a week and then SCC is basic seamanship that all sailors go thru. These take place before they begin the actual "A" class. Hopes this helps some - good luck to each of them!

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