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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


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: 628
Latest Activity: Jul 19

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's husband Troy on July 19, 2022 at 7:45am

Nursekim - Our son flew to San Antonio 4 days after PIR. He did tell us that sailors in other rates remained at GL for 2-4 weeks. He also said that a couple sailors that had graduated a week before his group remained on board until more MA's finished PIR. His experience was all during the pandemic though so not sure how it affected things then compared to now. He also had to wait 2 weeks in San Antonio before classing up and actually begin training. I hope you get the chance to spend time with him before he ships! We weren't even allowed to attend graduation and had to watch it on youtube.

Comment by nursekim on July 1, 2022 at 7:49pm

Hey all! my son is in his P week in Boot camp and will be MA. It was his 2nd choice...1st was a Seebee. His dad was a civilian K9 and he hopes to do the same. 

One thing I'm itching to know is how quickly he will be sent to San Antonio after PIR. I hope we get to spend a few days with him.

Comment by kim's husband Troy on June 20, 2022 at 7:58am

LCM - Hello and welcome to the group. Usually isn't much activity here but I do try to check in every so often. My son is a MA3 and was at Lackland during the winter of 2020 and went his duty station in February of 2021. If you have any specific questions don't hesitate to ask. Things may be different because he went to boot camp and A-School during the height of the pandemic.

Comment by LMCinTN on June 19, 2022 at 9:52pm

Hello. Just found this, as Chipmunk sent me here (thank you!). My son is at BC and will head to A school in TX for MA training. If anyone has any advice or info to offer, I am all ears. Thanks in advance!

Comment by Henry's Mom on June 18, 2022 at 10:45pm

Good evening folks.  Just found this group.  My son has been an MA, in Bahrain, Oceana and now at a location that is pretty isolated.  He has a year there and should be relocating late fall this year.  Glad to find out that there's an MA Specific group. 

He went to Lackland for his A School prior to Bahrain, re-enlisted while there.  Just re-enlisted again - will have 10 yrs when this round is up.  We are hoping he gets to 20 yrs.

Have a good weekend!

Henry's Mom

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 :)


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