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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Avionics Technicians (AV) Moms


Avionics Technicians (AV) Moms

This group is for moms of AV sailors to share thoughts and experiences

Members: 115
Latest Activity: Dec 15, 2021

Discussion Forum

"A" school training

Started by jaf. Last reply by Dom14081 Dec 19, 2017. 5 Replies

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Comment by lovey1020 on June 19, 2015 at 12:23pm
Question... my daughters recruiter gave her a list of items to bring to RTC and on there are sports bras underwear and swim suit I thought they weren't allowed to bring anything...Any info would be apprecited
Comment by Suzan on September 12, 2014 at 4:57pm
Can anyone tell me where the C schools are for ATO.
Comment by smlsailorwife14 on September 1, 2014 at 12:56pm

Does anyone know what the current hold time is for ATO/ATI or AE?

Comment by Hilda on July 22, 2014 at 10:02pm

Hi everyone, my daughter is an Airman Apprentice and mentioned Avionics Technician. She just had her PIR July 18th and left to Pensacola, FL July 19th. What should I expect while she's in A school? How long will she be there? Will she be able to take leave once she finishes A school? Thank you, any/all info appreciated!!

Comment by TexasMom on January 29, 2014 at 7:46pm

navywife+3 - when I asked the same, following is what one of the most wonderful veteran navy mom sent me  Hope it helps

The Rating Information card for Avionics Technician (AV) can be found at . Join Avionics Technicians (AV) Moms (, Sailors In Pensacola, FL For A School....Corry Station too!! (, and Parents of A School Sailors in Pensacola ( and check out Airman Family and Friends ( AV Sailors attend common basic electronics training, after which they are selected for either the Aviation Electrician’s Mate (AE) rating (Aviation Electronic - AE ( and ) or the Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) rating (Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) ( and ). Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend ( to help you know how to plan your weekend.

Comment by MXNavyWife110 on January 27, 2014 at 1:53am
Hold is anywhere from 2-6 months for AE. My husband just classed up last week an got to FL day after thanksgiving. Everyone before him was 6 moths wait tho.
Comment by TexasMom on January 27, 2014 at 12:48am

Hi Navy Av and just learned last week AT Moms,  Can anyone provide some insight on how long before class starts?  When he left it was 27 Jan, now it looks like it may be two months...what happens now?  Is this normal?  Appreciate any advice on what to expect

Comment by Doingwell on December 27, 2013 at 2:23pm
My son is doing the same with a PIR date of 1/10/14. I am not sure how long school is but can let you know since he leaves a week before yours.
Comment by TexasMom on December 27, 2013 at 2:09pm

Hi Navy AV Moms!  My SR is due to PIR 01/17/14 and so far we understand he is going to Pensacola for A School.  Appreciate your help in confirming - is the first part of AV A School 9 weeks of electronics training?  Thanks!

Comment by MXNavyWife110 on October 20, 2013 at 12:31am
Anyone have a spouse that went AV ? Hubs is in boot and his PIR is 11/27. I have a couple questions that I would love have answered! Thanks!

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