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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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

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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: 623
Latest Activity: on Sunday

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


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Graduation Dates

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

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Comment by kim on January 22, 2021 at 12:41pm

C'sMom - So good he was finally able to start! Seems so long ago that BC ended so it's about time they get them started. I hope everything works the way he wants with his career! My son is still on track to graduate on 2/4 and then starts at his PDS on 2/17. I get the feeling that he is ready to move on from Texas and get to the West coast and be out of school lol

Comment by C'sMom on January 20, 2021 at 10:52am

Update on my son!  He's finally starting class today!  And it sounds like he has been diligently working on his resume the last few days.  He keeps sending it to his sister for her input.  I'm hoping he can have some interviews lined up when he comes home from A school In March!  Then that'll be a whole other road to travel for this momma!  Really hoping he doesn't get in a high crime area!  

How are your sailors doing?  

Comment by C'sMom on January 13, 2021 at 12:40pm

Vintagemom and kim:  That's great news--staying stateside!  

Vintagemom:  Try not to get so caught up in details that you can't enjoy the wedding.  When is it again?  And congratulations on a future DIL!  

Update on my son told us a week or so ago that he was told he would start class January 27 and graduate March 19, unless he got bumped.  A couple days ago, he found out he will start next week!  Yay!  By my calculations, I believe he would graduate the first week of March then.  

Comment by NewMilmom on January 11, 2021 at 11:57am

Happy Monday!

VintageGal & Kim -- yea, staying state side!!  

We are still awaiting news on our sailor & where he will be next.  

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Stay safe & healthy & have a great week ahead.  

Comment by kim on January 11, 2021 at 8:43am

Thats great news Vintage!!! Mine will be staying in the states too so we are very happy as well.

Comment by VintageGal on January 11, 2021 at 1:24am

Hello to all! 

It's been busy over here planning for our son's wedding. Yes, he did get his PDS orders and he'll be staying in the states! We're all so happy for him. 

C'smom ~ I'm so glad that sending his gift got to him in time! What a blessing it is that we have facetime! 

Hope you all had a nice weekend! 

Comment by C'sMom on January 7, 2021 at 10:11pm

My sailor finally got the package today.  He's still waiting for the two envelopes!  But it was fun!  He facetimed us while he opened his gifts.  He said he is taking a test Tuesday to move up a phase.  And he's been role playing for a class that graduates this week.  

Comment by NewMilmom on January 6, 2021 at 5:27pm

Mailed my first envelope to my Sailor at A school today.  I included the PSC number just to be on safe side...

I sent certified so I can track it ... & know who signed for it.

Hugs to all.

Comment by kim on January 6, 2021 at 12:03pm

C'sMom - If the tracking showed it was delivered he should still get it. My son got a package delivered but it was several days before he was actually able to get it. He said if the box was to big to fit into their small lock boxes at their post office it got stored in the back and it took longer for some reason? As for training, I'm sure your son will enjoy it! Mine has enjoyed everything but the OC course lol. He did it the day before flying home for the holidays but was glad he had it out of the way before flying back down.

Comment by C'sMom on January 6, 2021 at 10:11am

I wondered the same thing about the PSC.  I asked my sailor and he said no.  But what you say makes sense.  We have sent two envelopes and one package.  The tracking on the package said it was delivered on the 29th, but he hasn't received the envelopes or the package yet.  That must be why.  I'm afraid they are lost now.  It was nothing of major value, but I did want him to receive them.  We also shipped something from Amazon without that PSC and he got that.  

kim, your son will be graduating at about the same time mine starts class.  If he starts when he was told he would.  


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