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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 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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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: 16 hours ago

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

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Comment by HkyNvyMom 16 hours ago

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 yesterday

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 Saturday

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!

Comment by kim's husband Troy on April 29, 2021 at 1:34pm

HkyNvyMom - Congrats on you son moving on to A-school. It's been awhile since I've been on here because my son graduated back in January. I'll check in from time to time to help with any questions you may have. You will probably find you won't have as many as you did from boot camp because you will be able to talk and text with you sailor a lot now. Good luck to him and your family!

Comment by HkyNvyMom on April 17, 2021 at 10:03pm

Hello all,  

Checking to see if there are any others out there with kids just starting A school for MA.  My son just arrived at Lackland AFB.

Comment by NewMilmom on March 17, 2021 at 12:10pm

C'sMom - NO graduation pictures or video from A School I am afraid when ours graduated Feb. 2021.  

He did get the group pictures that was taken at A School in the mail so that was nice to see.  One was the formal one with everyone in masks & other was silly one with no masks...not sure why they didn't get a "more formal one without masks" but, yet could do a silly one without masks. But happy to get what he had anyhow.  

He sent us a selfie with his badge but again in the dang mask...all I could think was he looks like he hasn't slept in a month the way his eyes were sunken in & his posture was pure exhaustion which made my heart break in 2...dh didn't see that until I pointed it out to him & then he was like yeah, WoW!  

Our sailor reported to duty station in Florida.  Currently in ROM (1 week down today/tomorrow...not sure if he gets credit for flight day last week on took him ALL damn day to get there as got stuck in airport in Dallas for most of the day poor guy).  So he got in close to midnight to the base in Florida...& they were not prepared to put him in room so it was a big shambles for him & his poor sponsor that sat at airport waiting for him through all the delays.

Congratulations on your sailor's graduation & best wishes on getting on with the police department.  Thank him for serving in both fields for us too. BNMH

Comment by kim's husband Troy on March 17, 2021 at 11:19am

C'sMom - Graduation is exciting news and that you will see him very soon is fantastic. As for video, there isn't any or at least wasn't when my son graduated. Yes, civilian police officers seem to have it pretty rough these days but hopefully things get better for them soon! He was able to have someone take a picture for us with a certificate and wearing his badge. He is currently in the Pacific Northwest and should be the for the first 3 years of his contract.


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