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 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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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.

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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Navy Speak

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




MAA Moms

A group for moms of "Master At Arms" sailors.

Members: 624
Latest Activity: Feb 25

We look forward to hearing about your sailors journey. How he/she likes being an MAA (MA) and which kind of job they are doing and how you are doing knowing what your sailor does for a living.
NOTE: Please help keep our sailors safe. Don't give out exact locations.Example: If he/she is in Iraq you can say Iraq but I would not say the name of the camp or a town near the camp. If they are on a ship don't give the last known location. Although some of that is public we don't in anyway want to jeopardize them.


MA Schools
Lackland AFB, TX -- 40 calendar days
Hampton Roads, VA -- 50 calendar days
Kings Ba, GA -- 50 calendar days

Ship and shore physical security requirements, crime prevention, military and civil law, antiterrorism procedures, physical fitness training, interpersonal communications, first aid, firearms and physical restraint. Group instruction, classroom and physical training in use of restraining devices.

MA's Practicing There Skills - Bahrain

OC Spray

Below is a look at what the MA sailors go though in "A" school at Lackland Air Force Base. USS Russell April 12, 2008 The ship's boarding team practices their close-quarters combat skills while the ship's Master-at-Arms offers "encouragement".

Discussion Forum


Started by Julie. Last reply by IdahoMom Dec 8, 2018. 7 Replies


Started by Karen Oct 20, 2017. 0 Replies

Graduation Dates

Started by MA mom of KY. Last reply by MainemomJulie May 30, 2017. 2 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by NewMilmom on June 3, 2021 at 11:34am

Welcome to the New MA Mom's & families.

As far as I know they are still doing 2 week quarantine when they arrive at A School.  A school when my sailor went was 2 week quarantine then wait until they had enough to fill classes. Luckily they were able to fill up classes & start pretty much at end of quarantine period.  

We were extremely lucky & he was granted chit to come home for a couple days before reporting to 1st duty station.  Others were not so lucky.  I actually flew to pick him up after A school.  He of course had to pay for flight from us to duty station but, he (&Mom) felt it was worth it.  :-)

BNMH to each. 

MA was not his 1st choice as he went in with his EMT & Fire Fighting Certifications but, both those areas were filled when he joined.  I roll with theory that everything (even if feels like setback or bad) happens for a "reason" that we may not see at that moment but, brings blessings over time...And happy to say he is enjoying is job as a MA.

I have found in my many many years that often times the setback or road block that left me disappointed or upset often brought better to my life no matter how hard & painful it felt at the time.  I try to instill that into my children too but, they have a harder time grasping that being young.

Comment by HkyNvyMom on May 17, 2021 at 11:44pm

Kim's husband Troy: Awesome...thank you!!

Comment by kim's husband Troy on May 17, 2021 at 11:34am

HkyNvyMom - you are correct that the weeks of training begin once they start their training. If I recall my son's training was only 8 weeks once he classed up. Just encourage him to study for his tests and qualifications. My son said several in his class got set back during different training weeks and caused their A-school to go longer.

Comment by HkyNvyMom on May 13, 2021 at 11:34pm

Quick question for anyone:  

Is A-School the full 9 weeks?  If so, when does the 9 weeks start?  Someone was saying that the 9 weeks starts when the kiddos get to A-school.  But I would think the 9 weeks starts when they actually start A-school.  Thoughts?

Comment by HkyNvyMom on May 10, 2021 at 9:47pm

Kim's husband Troy:  That is great.  My kiddo is hoping to get to go to Europe.  He figures he has travelled all over the US for hockey, now he wants to see more of other countries.  But he would be cool with everything.  He is always up for adventure :)

Comment by kim's husband Troy on May 10, 2021 at 11:46am

HkyNvyMom - My son went back and forth on whether to volunteer for PRP. What ultimately sold him on it was it allowed him to stay state side for almost the entire length of his first contract. Now that he is on the job he really seems to enjoy so far.

Comment by HkyNvyMom on May 8, 2021 at 2:15pm

Hello all, 

Sorry for the delayed response Seastheday.  I have been traveling for work.  I know he does not want to do dog handling and as far as I know he has not "chosen" to do anything specific yet.  He was considering PRP.  But we will see.  He loves dogs and said he would be heart broken if anything happened to the animal, which is why he did not interview for dog  

Happy Mother's Day weekend everyone!!

Comment by kim's husband Troy on May 5, 2021 at 2:01pm

Seastheday - My son graduated BC last October and had to wait 5-6 days before flying to Texas. Some of his classmates waited longer so I think it's hit and miss. That was at the height of the pandemic to so your son may be quicker. Hopefully your son will like his new rate as MA. He will get to handle weapons and learn some hand to hand take down moves and defense. My son enjoyed A-school except for the OC course. Said his eyes hurt for 2-3 days after.

HkyNvyMom - Is your son hoping for a specific assignment within the MA rate like working dog handler or harbor patrol? More than likely his instructors will talk with him about volunteering for PRP. I think they are still trying to fill those positions up?

Comment by HkyNvyMom on May 5, 2021 at 9:58am

Good morning!!!

My son is currently in A school for MA.  He graduated BC on a Thursday and left for San Antonio Saturday morning.  He was in San Antonio for about two weeks before he started  which was nice because he was able to get settled in before starting up.  They also take life skills classes their first week there.  My kiddo officially started this week.  So far so good!!  

Comment by Seastheday2027 on May 5, 2021 at 9:48am

Good Morning MA moms!  Im new to this group.  My son called us yesterday and told  us he has a new contract and will now be a MA.  He was not able to pass his "uncorrected vision test" so he had to choose another job.  He was kinda down but saw some positives to the new job he selected.  I would love to know how your Sailors have done in A School? How long did it take to get from BC in GL to A School?  Did they ship out right away?  He will graduate from BC 6/24.  Looking forward to learning more from all of you and connecting over the weeks/months. 

Have a blessed day!


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