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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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New MAA Moms

Any new MAA Moms who would like to chat and share experiences.

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Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2019

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Comment by Kayla's mom on November 13, 2013 at 10:40am

I am trying to find a facebook page that is for Maa..Or san antonio...It seems this sight is kind of activity

Comment by Bird MomShip13Div363 on November 4, 2013 at 12:23pm

Good Morning!

Sher, according to my son, they have A LOT of studying.  He did awesome on his last test (got a 92).  Once his schooling is done, he will come home for 2 weeks :)   and then he will be going to Virginia. 

Comment by sher on November 1, 2013 at 10:52pm

Oh goodness, I think my daughter didn't want to worry me.  Seems they have a lot to study for the yours on his way to his station?  If so, where to?

Comment by GiaMarie on October 6, 2013 at 11:36pm
My son was taken to the airport at 3:00 AM Saturday. After PIR and Liberty they had to go back to their ship and scrub it down for the new SR's. No sleep that night! That took awhile. His flight did not leave until 6:00 PM out of Chicago O'Hare. We went to the airport on Saturday and spent a few hours with him before we drove back to NY. There were about ten of them traveling to MA School, and he was the person put in charge to make sure everyone stayed together and no one left the airport. He didn't get into San Antonio until very late (midnight--after going through processing, hardly any sleep the 2nd night in a row) In the beginning, he did not care for A School. They had to wait for more SR's to arrive in order to form a full class; so they had classes that did not have to do to do with Master of Arms info., he was bored, and missed his friends from boot camp. On top of that, exhausted from the lack of sleep throughout the prior 48 hours. They are on such a high at PIR, then when they get to MA School they are surprised that they are treated like SR's were at boot camp. Especially when they first arrive. he was given a wonderful roommate, but the sailor was 5 weeks into the program and was on Phase 2 Liberty...he was never in the room. The rule is, no one is allowed in your room at all, so he was a little lonely when classes were not in session. His friends were all put in rooms together, so they were playing video games and watching TV, he had no one to talk to or hang out with. It was pretty much 100-112 degrees during Aug., so no one wanted to go outside at all. Once MA classes began, things got better. He made new friends and after the OC test was over he had a new sense of confidence. He did have to Tap on a test and was held back a week, he was initially upset to leave his class but knew he had to focus and keep on plugging away. The hell week was nerve racking! Tests almost every day; many times they would learn the info. in the AM and test after lunch. Then, they were given about 6 days without academic tests until the 2 final Big Ones! One is on a Thursday, the week before graduation. If they pass that, they take another on Monday (before graduation) and usually pass. Eleven out of about 30 tapped the first time and had to take it again after lunch. Three did not pass and were put in with the class behind them. They are only given one more chance to pass the test. He studied day and night--friends teased him about over studying, but in the end it worked out for him. There are close to 1,000 pages of info. they need to be familiar with and your really can not focus on specific areas. He just kept on reading and making flash cards every spare moment he had for the last 2 tests. The Chief at the graduation ceremony was wonderful; but he reiterated over and over again how these sailors could not wait to get out of MA School--it is very intense and has more rules/restrictions compared to other A Schools. It has to do with the nature of the job. Please feel free to contact me with any questions while it is all fresh in my mind :) Good luck to all the young men and women in San Antonio--they will e just fine.
Comment by Kayla's mom on October 6, 2013 at 12:14am

So out of curiosity when did all of your Sr's have to go to the airport after PIR? I have heard a few different thoughts..Please feel free to share for those that will be in your shoes soon :)

Thank you Kindly <3

Comment by Bird MomShip13Div363 on October 2, 2013 at 7:56am

Good Morning!!!


I, too, am a new MAA Mom!!!  Congratulations to all your Sailors!!!  :)


Comment by Desiree on September 30, 2013 at 6:37pm

Hi everyone I am a new MAA Mom 

Comment by MASR Rowe's Mom (Tara) on September 26, 2013 at 8:37pm
TexanMomShip13Div333- have you heard if your son did with the OC Spray? I hope it went as well as it could.
Comment by TexanMom Ship13 Div 333 on September 23, 2013 at 9:51am

Nancyship04div283 - thank you for the information.  Right now my son tells me his is bored and I can't understand why. Reading the break down on A school, it seems that there is a lot going on.  I am waiting to see how OC goes today.  Hope that he will not have to do it again.

I believe my son will be graduating on Nov 8th and he just received his duty station. 

Congrats on you son's graduation! 

Comment by Nancyship04div283 on September 23, 2013 at 8:10am

TexanMom - My son is graduating this Friday too.  He has really enjoyed MA training.  He has mixed emotions right now.  He is looking forward to coming home but will miss his friends in A School.  They really become close and help each other through the training.  He was determined to make it through the OC Spray so he wouldn't have to do it again.  They do help them through it and they are allowed to give their phone to someone to take pictures.  Like GiaMarie said, he was a new man after that.  You are blessed to be so close.  Good luck to your Sailor!  He'll do great!


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