What to Expect at Navy “A” School

The United States Navy has a school to teach every enlisted man and woman the skills they need to do their job. These schools go through the many different specialized skills which will be beneficial not just in the duties the sailor will be performing but simply how to be the best sailor they can be. There are a few things you should know about what to expect at a Navy “A” school.


Introduction to the Navy

Even though the “A” school is after boot camp, many still view the school as an introduction to the Navy. This is because you will go from the rigors of training camp to the less restrictive nature of the enlisted life. You will have restrictions lifted from you as you go through certain phases of knowledge about how the Navy works.

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What to Look Forward to

While you will never reach a point where you can do what you want, when you want to, you will have a lot more freedom once you have completed your Navy “A” school requirement. You can also look forward to attending a “C” school if you have further specialization you need to work on for your career.

Think about going to “A” school as a way for you to make sure you know what is expected of you in every aspect of Navy life. You will learn what is expected of you when you wear civilian clothes. You will also learn the proper etiquette for berthing while on board. Click on the link above to find out more.




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military dot image jevette    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

What are the best A Schools that are transferable to civilian workforce after I complete my tour of duty

military dot image Larry E Guffee    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I went thru the AT-A School in Millington in 1952. At the time it was touted as a two year college corriculum crammed into 7 months, and I believe it. Hard work, but the rewards were great. I went right on up the Navy ladder. Highly recommended.

military dot image Teri    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am trying to find out about Wifi while at A school for my son who is at fort sam. He bought some internet through the navy and it doesn’t work in his room. Any suggestions?

military dot image Nancy Lentz    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi , my son will be graduating A. School at Naval Great lakes May 30, and we are wondering if we should attend. My son made it sound like it was gonna be short and sweet and to wait but i am feeling like we should go see him before he leaves Saturday for Norfolk Virginia…Could you please help us out on what to do. We live about 6 1/2 hours away. Thank you for your time! Sincerely, Nancy Lentz

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Nancy, I wish I could be more help but there is not a right or wrong here. First, congrats to your son for graduating Navy ‘A’ School. Secondly, the pros on going is that you may not see him for awhile if deployed. Thirdly, seeing him for just a brief amount of time can never be discounted, right?! The only con is if he has other plans with the other graduates… as in go out and ‘celebrate’ with the guys. But even so, you can still attend and show your support and depart when appropriate. Hope this helps. My best and again, congrats!!

military dot image Ira Rothstein    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My son Jake has always wanted to join the Navy and serve his country. (His grandpa was awarded the bronze star in WWII while serving in the Army). As expected my wife and I are concerned regarding his safety, however his determination to serve is very inspiring. He has just graduated High School and would like to serve as a Master at Arms.
I bought him the asvab prep book, any other suggestions you may have for us would be very helpful. Thanks.

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Ira, first congrats to ‘grandpa’, secondly thank you to Jake for having the desire to serve his country then also it must be an honor for grandpa too. My recommendation is to have Jake research a possible civilian career and correlate it with an ‘A’ school in the navy. (So many veterans don’t have jobs today). For example, it appears that he may want to be in law enforcement after the Navy… if so, then ‘master at arms’ may be a viable option for in the service & afterwards. If so, then once in the US Navy, I would strongly recommend getting his college degree while in the military since this is pretty huge with many law enforcement agencies. However, I would also compare the other branches re this career path just to compare before meeting with a recruiter.

military dot image Retired Navy Chief, Vince Hodge    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0


“A” School is usually about 12-16 weeks in length, and it’s where you learn your trade. It’s where you will receive training to perform the job that it is you chose to do in the Navy. If you chose be an Electrician, then thats where you’ll learn the fundmentals of being an Electrician. There is oppertunity to receive more “specialized” training, usually called “C” School later in you Navy career if you have performed well.

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Thanks Chief!! And thank you for your service to your country!!

military dot image mike    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

If my classes in A school haven’t started yet how do I get started faster

military dot image Dee    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Can someone tell me how long each phaase lasts for A School for a MCO in Fort Meade Maryland? 6 month training

military dot image kingz    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i have much interest on Navy military,am from Nigeria with all the basic requirement,how can i apply please?

military dot image Di    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My daughter is planning to be married
After A school. How possible is this?

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Don’t understand the question. No military law against ‘marriage’ at any time.

military dot image Anjali Ali    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, my boyfriend will be graduating from boot camp on the 10th, but because of the graduation seating limitations, I will not be able to attend. Is it possible for me to visit him or vice versa while he is attending A school?

military dot image Austin James Leboeuf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello, my fiance and I were going to get married before she enlisted. Well, she enlisted before marriage and her ship date was pushed up. I researched marriage after graduation and I see different answers everywhere . Her recruiter said we could marry on the weekend of liberty after graduation in Illinois. Is that possible to do? Without her getting in trouble? It wouldn’t be a big on . Jus at the justice of the peace to get it done.So the paper work can be processed while she enrolls in a school and when she gets to her permanent base we can start our lives together. Please if anyone has an answer let me know. I’ve been waiting to call her my wife for awhile and if its possible then that’s great if not, I’ll have to wait another 6 months or even a year.
Thank you,

military dot image Cam    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

What are the legal guidelines for fraternization between sailors while they are attending A school. Are there any ramifications if relationships develop?

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