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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."

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.

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Machinist Mates


Machinist Mates

Members: 305
Latest Activity: Feb 16

Discussion Forum

mm school

Started by Cowboys. Last reply by tina41 Feb 2, 2016. 3 Replies

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Comment by My Navy Girl on August 23, 2019 at 8:04pm
My daughter enjoys being a MM, her schooling was at Great Lakes after graduation. I heard the schooling for submarine Machinist Mate is in Connecticut though.
Comment by fayegirrl4* on December 20, 2018 at 7:12pm

Hello all.  It's been a long time since I posted but I check in to see what's going on from time to time.  Just a general question : Our 1st son is a MMA on a ballistic sub.  How hard is it to switch to fast attack and/or a surface ship?  I realize that there will be many qualifications to obtain along with an opening on a ship. Just curious. He has been tossing around the idea of switching to fast attack or going surface. He isn't happy with his current command but we told him to wait until it was time to re-enlist or start shore duty.

Hope everyone is doing well.  No sons home this year for the holidays.  We had them both home last year. One is currently deployed and the other is preparing for his next patrol. A very quiet holiday season for sure.

Comment by LoudandProud on November 26, 2018 at 8:42pm
Hi y’all! My daughter just graduated BC 11/21. She should be going to MM school but instead she is holding for something they forgot to do on her dental record. I’ve heard it could take a few days or a few weeks. She hates it there. They treat it like a frat house and don’t seem to care about much of anything. She is miserable there and when she unpacked she realized she lost all her letters we wrote.
Comment by SailorMom18 on November 5, 2018 at 1:01am

Hello everyone! My son just graduated bootcamp and starts ASchool on 11/5 as a MM. I know nothing about A School and my son says I ask too many questions. Anyone who can tell me anything is much appreciated.

Comment by Jana on November 1, 2018 at 4:02pm

My Daughter just arrived at GC on Saturday. Starts School on Monday! A ton of emotions right now.

Comment by Lolabny00 on September 10, 2018 at 6:12pm

Can anyone tell me how long is A school?

Comment by NevadaSierra on September 8, 2018 at 10:13pm

Thank you for accepting me. Our Grandson left for boot camp last week.

Comment by J-RockyMtn on July 2, 2018 at 10:24pm

No problem.  Your sailor will find out once they get  their orders and closer to graduation. 


Comment by Navyhusband2018 on July 2, 2018 at 10:19pm
Thank u J-RockyMtn. My sailor just started A school today. I was just wondering how long until we can move wherever she gets stationed and how long she will be gone after that. I really appreciate all the info provided.
Comment by J-RockyMtn on July 2, 2018 at 10:00pm

Navyhusband - It all depends on what assignment they get.  If their ship is in dry dock for repairs or just came back, they will have shore duty with that ship.  If assigned to ship who is deployed they might get flown out to it.  All depends on the command



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