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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."

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 as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer 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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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.


Sean's mom(Angela)

Mass Communication Specialist


Mass Communication Specialist

For those with Sailors who are MC's in "A" school or assigned a duty station.

Members: 107
Latest Activity: Oct 9, 2019

Mass Communication Specialists are concerned with public affairs and visual communication. Their role is to present the US Navy to Naval and civilian audiences, through a variety of media. MCs write and produce both print and broadcast journalism, including news and feature stories for military and civilian newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations. They record still and video photography of military operations, exercises, and other Navy events.

Great link from a guy who describes "A" School at FT Meade:

More info for those of you who have sailors getting ready to head to FT Meade:
Go to the link for DINFOS. There is an ACADEMICS Tab>Course Offerings. A list of classes appears for 2010. Above the list a paragraph with a link to ATRRS. Click on the link. You may be asked to authenticate the certificate. It is safe to do so. After following those directions a page will appear with drop down boxes. Fill in the boxes for Fiscal YR (20XX, the YR searching for), School Code (212), State (MD)>search courses. You can then select each course and see the details for when those classes start & end.

Discussion Forum

Future MC - leaving for BC in 4 days

Started by Celticwoman2. Last reply by AKL5225 Jul 26, 2019. 3 Replies

Navy MCs make "first of its kind" documentary

Started by ridewaves. Last reply by ridewaves Aug 29, 2011. 4 Replies

MC "A" School blog

Started by ridewaves. Last reply by 2byzmom Aug 18, 2010. 3 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Xtionna on October 9, 2019 at 8:59pm
I have a son graduating in November from MC A school at Fort Meade. Has anyone attended previous grad ceremonies?
Comment by on September 25, 2019 at 5:02pm
This is how you do it? Yeah Day 1 my son just signed on the dotted line at MEPS and his job some day will be Mass Communications Specialist:) He and I are very excited! We don’t have any firm dates, he was told he would go to boot camp between now and April. He is 20 and not a student so who knows. Thank you for allowing me in your group:) we are in Wilmington, NC
Comment by Xtionna on April 18, 2019 at 7:59pm

Any advice on how to spend the hours we get on PIR day? What did your sailors want to do? Trying to decide on a good dinner and resting/visiting at hotel or planning something more.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on April 18, 2019 at 5:45pm

Xtionna - unfortunately you probably won't find out when he flies out until PIR. 

You should send him a white 3x5 card and write on it: Airline________ Airport___________Flight#_________

Date__________ Time____________

Have him fill it out and keep it and then give it to you at PIR.  Often in all the excitement they forget their specific flight info.  This way he can just hand you the card all filled out and you will know where you need to be and when! 

But you better hurry up and get it in the mail to him today!

Comment by Jster's mom on April 18, 2019 at 5:33pm

My daughter is graduating from MC school on Wednesday! We have been fortunate because we are about a 3 hour drive away so have been able to go there monthly to see her. That will change as she will be leaving for an overseas assignment once her leave time is up. The living quarters are dorm style, she has one roommate, they have their own bathroom. She has her computer, her own wifi, coffeepot, etc. Good luck to your son and welcome to the group! 

P.S. We got to sit in the airport for about 10 hours with her on the day she flew out from Ohare….what a treat!

Comment by MC's mom on April 18, 2019 at 11:39am

@Xtionna  - We did not find out our son's flight time until we saw him at PIR.  His flight was for early early the next morning.  

We had about 6.5 hours with him the day of graduation.  We then met with him at the airport (only time you can give them their phone, etc) and had about another 2 hours with him then.

Comment by Xtionna on April 17, 2019 at 7:07pm

Thanks for the info. A few more ?s..

When did you find out your sons flight time for Maryland? Before PIR day? Trying to schedule things. Also, how long did you have with him the day of graduation? Appreciate the time.

Comment by MC's mom on April 17, 2019 at 4:19pm

@Xtionna - Welcome to the family!  My son is currently in MC school and will be finishing in August.  (Last class of the old curriculum)

Yes, they are in barracks (dorms).  My son has 2 roommates.  He gave me a video tour of his room shortly after he arrived.  It is very cramped so not a lot of space for "comforts".  That being said he has a small flat screen TV and a PS4.  Their room also had a small refrigerator and microwave.  

I gave him his phone at the airport after PIR so he has been able to call and text regularly.  But this is a tough course so don't expect to talk to your sailor every day.  Typically either one of his siblings (they are close) or myself here from him at least once a week. 

Comment by Xtionna on April 17, 2019 at 4:11pm

Oh. And I have requested to join FB group several times and have heard nothing back. Any help?

Comment by Xtionna on April 17, 2019 at 4:10pm

My son graduates BC on April 26. Will be off to Maryland for MC. Really would appreciate any info about what they can take/have in A school. Are they in dorms and if so with how many others? Can they have ‘comforts’ in their rooms? Can you communicate regularly? I know nothing and that is very difficult for a parent...


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