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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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




IC Sailors

This is a group for the family and friends of IC Sailors

Members: 94
Latest Activity: Sep 16

Interior Communications Electrician

Interior Communications Electricians (ICs) install, maintain and repair the equipment needed for interior communications within ships and shore facilities. These communication systems include public address systems, interior telephone systems, alarm systems, engine telegraphs to communicate orders for changes in engine speed from the bridge (ship's command station) to the engine room, certain kinds of ship control and equipment monitoring devices, the ship's gyrocompass, the rudder position indicator, audio-visual equipment for the ship's TV entertainment systems, advanced navigation and various other equipment.

The duties performed by IC's include:

Maintaining and repairing interior communications systems;
Preparing and interpreting blueprints, wiring diagrams and sketches;
Installing and inspecting dry cell and storage batteries;
Recharging wet cell batteries;
Testing interior communications and gyrocompass equipment;
Installing telephone and other communications circuits, boxes, switchboards and bell buzzer systems;
Maintaining plotters and dead reckoning equipment;
Maintaining and operating TV systems;

Working Environment :

People in the IC rating work in many different situations, at sea and ashore. While most of their work is performed indoors, it may be in a clean or dirty environment of a shop-like nature, and it may be in any kind of climate or temperature. IC's usually work closely with others. Most systems IC's work on is of the modern solid state electronic type, making the rating a very technical profession.

A-School Information:

Great Lakes, IL -- 10 weeks

Some Interior Communications Electricians who graduate from "A" school go on to advanced training courses such as gyrocompass and advanced TV maintenance. Others are assigned to duty stations where they can continue learning their rating through on-the-job training.

C-Schools (Advanced Specialized Training):

Shipboard Information, Training, and Entertainment (SITE)

Integrated Launch And Recovery Television Surveillance (ILARTS)

Class Ship Interior Communications Subsystems Technician (FFG-7SS)

Fiber Optic Data Multiplex System Operation and Maintenance (FODMS)

Data Multiplex System (DMS)

Vertical and Short Take-Off and Landing Optical Landing System (VSTOL)

Stabilized Gyrocompass Maintenance (WSN)

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Comment by Badger01 on September 16, 2019 at 8:22pm
It is a technical rate and there doesn't appear to be too many of them. My son is in bootcamp and is signed on as an IC-men.
Comment by ebearup76 on September 16, 2019 at 6:32pm

How is IC , is it a good rate

Comment by Badger01 on August 19, 2019 at 3:50pm

Hello Navy IC moms!  My son is in bootcamp right now and is designated as an IC.  My question to those who have been around a while, do your sailors like that rate?  I'm curious to know more.

Comment by taniab on May 1, 2018 at 1:16pm

Thank you Paige!  I'll have to look for the other social media groups as well.  Congratulations to your son! 

Comment by Paige on May 1, 2018 at 10:00am

Hi taniab,  thank you for posting your question.  Good luck to your son in A-School.  Our IC Group has become very quiet the last couple of years.  I'm assuming this is in part due to all the other social media groups out there that people have access to in addition to the NavyForMoms website here. 

I'm not aware if we have any other members here with loved ones in A-School right now.  If there is someone, hopefully they will reply to your message.  My son has been active duty for nearly 10 years now.  He is currently going through OCS (Officer Candidate School) in Newport, RI and is set to graduate on May 18th.  Once he becomes a Commissioned Officer, he will no longer hold the rate of IC sailor, though I would expect his prior experience in that field would make him a good officer to lead a division at his upcoming new Command the USS Portland (LPD 27).

Comment by taniab on April 30, 2018 at 11:11am

Hi!  Our son just graduated and is now waiting to start A School in Great Lakes soon. Just wondering if anyone else has a loved one who is also starting A School in Great Lakes?

Comment by Jana on March 2, 2017 at 7:35pm

Paige you made me cry.  appreciate your kind thoughts. Imsooo excited for your son. His pathto the East coast was meant to be. Bringing him success in this career and Love to  someone special. 

This applies to all in someway my words


Comment by Paige on March 2, 2017 at 10:19am

Hello IC Families!  

It's been quite awhile since I posted last.  Thank you Jana for helping to keep our group alive and active with posts and updates on your sailor.  I know I speak for all of us here when I say how much we respect and appreciate your son's service to our country.  I am wishing him only the best after he returns to the US and continues with another journey in civilian life.  Jana, you will always be a Navy Mom!  And, we want you to stay with us here and continue to share your valuable insight from your experience through your son with other Navy moms.  Thank you for all the support!

My son is doing well and now in his last year of tour in Annapolis, MD.  Soon he will be submitting a package for acceptance into OCS (Officer Candidate School).  After 8 1/2 years of enlisted duty, this mom believes he will make an outstanding officer!  I'm hoping and praying that all goes well with his career plans.  He found a beautiful and sweet young lady after arriving in Annapolis two years ago.  I am anticipating an engagement announcement soon.  There are lots of exciting things happening in his life.

I hope everyone's sailors/recruits are doing well.  We will enjoy any updates you would like to share with the group.

Take Care All...

Comment by Jana on March 1, 2017 at 6:53pm

its been awhile since ive posted. Hope everyone is well?

My son is deployed right now i can say he is somewhere out on the south China sea. He will l be leaving the ship soon. Completing his 4yr contract in San Diego. It has been a journey.

Ill update you as i know more, I  have so much to say and express my thoughts of this amazing time as a NAVY mom

Love to hear how everyone is doing


Comment by Jana on January 12, 2017 at 8:15pm

HI all its been a while.

My son was home for his Dec Birthday and Christmas for tjhose in 4 yrs It was the Best. He went back t26th and now  his ship the USS CARLVINSON is deployed only gone for a week but it seem like forever.  they are floating out there somewhere south pacific Im getting a care package ready to ship. This is is last deployment. His contract will be up in April So some how he will get back to Sunny San Diego  He was going to possibly stay till the end but was told he would have to change his rate No more IC positions on his command. the paperwork i believe didnt go thru  He is quite excited to come home. as r we.

Hows everyone doing?

Take Care


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