Navy A School: A List of All 24 Locations + Training Summary

Navy A School: A List of All 24 Locations + Training Summary

Navy A School provides technical training for sailors based on their individual rating.

Immediately following boot camp graduation, sailors will go to their Navy A school to receive instruction on job functions and duties.

You may be wondering what Navy A School is, where they are located or what you can bring with you.

The guide below will provide information on the topics above and more.

Continue reading for details about all 24 Navy A School locations.

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What is Navy A School?

Information Warfare Training Command
Intelligence Specialist (IS) graduating from Navy A School at the Information Warfare Training Command. Image:

Navy A School is the first stage of technical training for your specific rating.

Individuals will attend Navy A School after they have completed boot camp.

The length and location of training depends on the specific rating.

Navy A School does not have as many restrictions as boot camp, but does not have as many freedoms as a sailor will once they complete training.

As sailors gradually move through A School and complete different phases, their restrictions are slowly lifted and liberties are increased.

Navy A School will teach functions related to rating job duties, but also ensure that sailors meet satisfactory physical requirements, appearance requirements and academic standards.

In Navy A School individuals will learn skills, complete physical training, complete watch standing and complete daily routine requirements.

Where is Navy A School Conducted?

Navy A Schools can be found in various locations around the United States. See the states where Navy A Schools can be found below, along with the Navy Schools in those states.


The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Center for Information Warfare Training can be found in Monterey. This A school teaches Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI).

The Naval Construction Training Center can be found in Port Hueneme, providing training for construction ratings.

Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare is located on Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego. Training consists of mine and submarine detection/warfare as well as sonar training.

Finally, all Naval Special Warfare (NSW) training is conducted in Coronado, CA. This includes both schools for SEALs (BUD/S), and for Special Warfare Combatant Crewmembers (SWCC).

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Groton, CT is the “Home of the Submarine Force” and most Submarine training is located here.


The Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center is located in Panama City Beach. It trains on diving and underwater construction.

The Center for Information Dominance is located in Pensacola. The school provides training for Cryptologic Technicians and Information System Technicians (IT).

Naval Air Station and Naval Aviation Technical Training Center is in Pensacola as well and provides training for aviation related ratings.


The Trident Training Facility, Kings Bay is located in Georgia. This A School focuses on submarine and missile technician ratings.


Illinois is home to one of the largest Naval training locations at Great Lakes. Great Lakes provides A School training in a large list of ratings from electricians and EOD to mechanics. See complete list of A Schools below for exact ratings.


The Center For Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Keesler, can be found at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. It focuses on aviation training.

The Naval Construction Battalion Center can also be found in Gulfport. This schools supports construction and steel ratings.

The Naval Technical Training Center can be found in Meridian. It focuses on Yeoman, Logistics, Retail and personnel A Schools.


Center For Seabees and Facilities Engineering Detachment has a location at Fort Leonard Wood for Engineering A School.

Rhode Island

The Naval Justice school is located in Newport and trains individuals ratings such as Legalman.

South Carolina

In South Carolina the Navy A School for the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command can be found. This school is located on Joint Base Charleston and focuses on Nuclear training.

South Carolina also hosts the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center at Fort Jackson.


The Navy Medicine Support Center is located at Fort Sam Houston, and provides training for ratings such as Corpsman.

Naval Technical Training Center is located on Joint Base San Antonio in San Antonio, TX. This training center provides A School for Master-At-Arms.

Sheppard Air Force Base has Navy A Schools for Utilitiesman as well as Construction Electrician.


The Information Warfare Training Command can be found in Virginia Beach, Virginia on the Naval Air Station Dam Neck.

The Joint Culinary Training Center can be found in Virginia. Also, the Naval School of Music can be found in Virginia.

Complete list of A Schools

A School locations and the ratings that receive training at these locations can be found below. You will also find details on training length and summary.

A Schools at Biloxi, MS – Keesler Air Force Base

Aerographer’s Mate (AG)

Length: 19 Weeks

Summary: Aerographer’s mate are taught to operate meteorological equipment in addition to observing, recording and plotting meteorological information.

A Schools at Charleston, SC

Sailor using a system that allows for training on the Mobile Electric Power Plants (MEPP) system that is used for ground support equipment. Image:

Electrician’s Mate Nuclear Power (EMN)

Length: 6 Months

Summary: Students in this course learn basic power distribution. They demonstrate knowledge of DC and AC motors and generators and learn to operate electrical equipment.

Electronics Technician Nuclear (ETN)

Length: 6 Months

Summary: Future Electronics Technicians will learn how to use solid state devices, testing equipment, digital logic and systems in addition to electricity and electronics.

Machinist’s Mate Nuclear Power (MMN)

Length: 3 Months

Summary: This course teaches knowledge and operation of steam power plants. They will learn how to operate and test both equipment and systems through classroom instruction.

A Schools at Dam Neck, VA

Intelligence Specialist (IS)

Length: 13 Weeks

Summary: Future Intelligence Specialist are taught about intelligence administration, maps and charts. They learn basic computer software skills and operational intelligence.

A Schools at Fort George Meade, MD

Mass Communication Specialist (MC)

Length: 21 Weeks

Summary: Students will learn introductory skills in writing, photography, video, multimedia, problem solving, public affairs and communication.

A Schools at Fort Jackson, SC

Religious Program Specialist (RP)

Length: 8 Weeks

Summary: This course teaches Religious Program Specialist basic required skills through group paced training.

A Schools at Fort Lee, VA

Culinary Specialist (CS)

Length: 9 Weeks

Summary: Class A Technical School for Culinary Specialist consists of learning food preparation, nutrition and dining service.

A Schools at Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Engineering Aide (EA)

Length: 15 Weeks

Summary: Future Engineering Aids will learn construction skills and theories. They will also learn basic combat skills.

Equipment Operator (EO)

Length: 11 Weeks

Summary: This course teaches Equipment Operators basic construction theories and skills that relate to their rating requirements. It also teaches basic combat skills.

A Schools at Fort Sam Houston, TX

Navy Medicine Training Support Center
Hospital Corpsman (HM) completing training at A School in the Navy Medicine Training Support Center. Image:

Hospital Corpsman (HM)

Length: 19 Weeks

Summary: Future Hospital Corpsman will learn basic techniques of patient care. They will also learn first aid procedures and skills related to their rating.

A Schools at Groton, CT

Electronics Technician Communication Submarines (ETR)

Length: 14-28 Weeks

Summary: Naval personnel will learn skills in electricity, electronics and computer technical knowledge. They learn and prepare for communication specialties in addition to a possible assignment on fast attack or ballistic missile submarines.

Electronic Technician Navigation Submarines (ETV)

Length: 14-28 Weeks

Summary: Future Electronic Technician Navigation personnel will learn basic computer, electronics and electricity skills through group assignment and application.

Fire Control Technician (FT)

Length: 18 Weeks

Summary: Fire Control Technicians will learn the skills necessary to support operation and basic maintenance functions related to submarine weapon control systems.

Information Systems Technician Submarines (ITS)

Length: 24 Weeks

Summary: Information Systems Technicians learn various software and hardware fundamentals. Types of software they will learn include Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle and ADP.

Machinist’s Mate Submarines Auxiliary (MMA)

Length: 9 Weeks

Summary: Through group instruction and practical application, Machinist’s Mate, Submarines will learn basic technical knowledge and skills related to the rating.

Sonar Technician, Submarine (STS)

Length: 18 Weeks 

Summary: This course will prepare individuals for underwater surveillance and science data collection specialties. It teaches basic electricity, electronics and computer knowledge.

A Schools at Great Lakes, IL

Boatswain’s Mate (BM)

Length: 5 Weeks

Summary: Future Boatswain’s Mate will learn basic safety and watch standing. They will learn how to complete underway replenishment, preventative maintenance and deck seamanship.

Damage Controlman (DC)

Length: 10 Weeks

Summary: This course teaches fundamentals of ship stability, provides an introduction to firefighting systems and equipment and trains individuals on drainage systems, emergency breathing devices and equipment.

Electrician’s Mate (EM)

Length: 18 Weeks

Summary: Electrician’s Mate will learn basic mechanical theory, electrical math, AC/DC circuits, logic systems and skills in electricity and electronics that are related to their rating.

Electronics Technician (ET)

Length: 19 Weeks

Summary: Future Electronics Technicians will learn the systems in the Communications Suite including SATCOM, and HF receiver/transmitter. They will study radar display and 2D Surface radar transmitters.

Engineman (EN)

Length: 14 Weeks

Summary: Individuals will learn the Maintenance Material Management System, how to operate hand tools, instruments and various systems in addition to learning basic watch standing and preventative maintenance.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Student
Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal student entering the water during training. Image:

Length: 3 Weeks

Summary: Explosive Ordnance Disposal individuals will begin training at Great Lakes for water proficiency skills and physical conditioning. This is just the prep course. EOD training involves 52 more weeks at various locations.

Fire Controlman (FC)

Length: 11 Weeks

Summary: Fire Controlman learn basic electronics and electronic circuitry. They will study digital theory and learn trouble-shooting techniques and how to run test equipment and trouble-shooting techniques.

Gas Turbine Systems Technician, Mechanical (GSM)

Length: 15 Weeks

Summary: Gas System Mechanics will learn alignment of piping systems, lubricating systems, gas turbine engine theory and how to work with electrical power, electro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic systems.

Gas Turbine Systems Technician, Electrical (GSE)

Length: 26 Weeks

Summary: Future Gas Turbine Systems Technicians, Electrical, will learn the Maintenance Material Management System, gas turbine engine theory and electrical math. They will learn how to work with AC/DC circuits, logic systems and other control systems.

Gunner’s Mate (GM)

Length: 15 Weeks

Summary: This course teaches basic technical knowledge of electricity and electronics. It also teaches Gunner’s Mates how to operate torpedo and launch systems.

Hull Maintenance Technician (HT)

Length: 13 Weeks

Summary: Hull Maintenance Technicians will learn blueprint reading, how to work with sheet metal, pipe fitting and welding.

Interior Communications Electrician (IC)

Length: 12 Weeks

Summary: Individuals in this course will learn electrical math and basic schematics. They will learn how to work with AC/DC circuits, logic systems and solid state characteristics.

Machinery Repairman (MR)

Length: 18 Weeks

Summary: Machinery Repairman become familiar with machines, shop tools, equipment and methods. They will learn basic mechanical theory.

Machinist’s Mate (MM)

Length: 9 Weeks

Summary: Future Machinist’s Mate will learn operation of conventional marine steam propulsion systems. They will also learn safety precautions and how to work with various operating systems and equipment.

Operations Specialist (OS)

Length: 10 Weeks

Summary: Operational Specialist learn chart, anti-warfare, and course plotting, tracking, status board keeping and radiotelephone coding.

Quartermaster (QM)

Length: 9 Weeks

Summary: Future Quartermasters will study navigation and Oceanography through group and classroom instruction.

A Schools at Gulfport, MS

Builder (BU)

Length: 10 Weeks

Summary: Future Builders will learn basic combat skills in addition to construction skills and theories.

Steelworker (SW)

Length: 11 Weeks

Summary: Steelworks learn basic construction skills and theories needed to complete the SW rating job functions.

A Schools in Coronado, CA

Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB)

Length: 22 Weeks

Summary: Special Warfare Boat Operators will actually attend 3 schools, all at the same location. They include Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman Indoc. (SWCC) – 2 weeks , Basic Crewmember Training (BCT) – 5 weeks, and Crewman Qualification Training (CQT) – 15 Weeks. SBs are trained to support and conduct special operations and work primarily with the SEALs.

Special Warfare Operator (SO)

Length: 50 Weeks

Summary: Special Warfare Operators (SO), or SEALS, will attend 3 primary schools in Coronado. They include BUD/S – 31-35 weeks, Static Line / Free Fall Parachutist Training – 4 weeks, and SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) – 19 weeks. Training is demanding, both physically and mentally, and only a select few make it through.

A Schools at Kings Bay, GA

Missile Technician, Submarines (MT)

Length: 5 Weeks

Summary: Future Missile Technicians will learn basic electronics and electricity in addition to learning digital theory. 

A Schools at Little Creek, VA

Musician (MU)

Length: 21 Weeks

Summary: Musicians study instrumental performance and fundamentals of music theory. They complete ear training and focus on various music topics.

A Schools at Meridian, MS

Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ)

Length: 8 Weeks

Summary: Future Aviation Maintenance Administrationman will learn logging, reporting and recording procedures. They will also learn organizational structure and aircraft operating practices.

Logistics Specialist (LS)

Length: 9 Weeks

Summary: This course teaches Logistics Specialists about automated data processing systems, how to keep financial records and accounting systems and how to complete postal operations.

Personnel Specialist (PS)

Length: 5 Weeks

Summary: This course helps Personnel Specialist become familiar with forms and procedures related to personnel administration and job functions.

Retail Services Specialist (RS)

Length: 5 Weeks

Summary: Individuals will learn proper cash handling procedures, how to complete retail operations and laundry operating procedures.

Yeoman (YN)

Length: 7 Weeks

Summary: Future Yeoman will become familiar with forms and procedures related to personnel administration through group instruction.

Yeoman Submarines (YNS)

Length: 7 Weeks

Summary: Future Yeoman Submarine individuals will learn the basic skills required for rating, including reporting and administrative functions, through group instruction and practical application.

A Schools at Monterey, CA

Cryptologic Technician, Interpretive (CTI)

Length: 27-64 Weeks

Summary: Training at the Defense Language Institute includes extensive foreign language instruction. Length of time spent at school is dependent on the language selected to learn. 

A Schools at Newport, RI

Legalman (LN)

Length: 11 Weeks

Summary: Future Legalman will learn military and civil law and related legal information from the Naval Justice School.

A Schools at Panama City, FL

Naval Air Technical Training Center
Navy personnel at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida. Image: wikimedia

Navy Diver (ND)

Length: 15 Weeks

Summary: Future Navy Diver’s will learn various underwater skills including welding, demolition, repair and the use of hydraulic tools. They will also learn Decompression Chamber operations.

A Schools at Pensacola, FL

Air Traffic Controller (AC)

Length: 15 Weeks

Summary: Air Traffic Controllers will learn the fundamentals related to radio communication, Air Traffic Control and radar.

Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (PR)

Length: 12 Weeks

Summary: Individuals in this course will learn basic skills that are required for Aircrew Survival Equipmentman job functions and aviation basic theory.

Aircrewmen Avionics (AWV)

Length: 8 Weeks

Summary: Future Aircrew Avionics will learn the skills required for specialized rating job functions and basic aviation theory.

Aircrewman Helicopter (AWS)

Length: 6 Weeks

Summary: Individuals in the Aircrewman Helicopter course will learn basic aviation theory. They will also learn any skills that are required for their specialized rating.

Aircrewman Mechanical (AWF)

Length: 7 Weeks

Summary: Aircrewman Mechanical will learn skills related to aircraft balance calculations, aircraft maintenance and other skills of their specialized rating.

Aircrewman Operator (AWO)

Length: 13 Weeks

Summary: This course will teach Aircrewman Mechanical how to perform aircrew duties, handle ordnance and perform various operational missions. It will also teach basic aviation theory.

Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter (AWR)

Length: 13 Weeks

Summary: Individuals will learns skills related to various Naval Special Warfare Missions. They will learn any skills that are required for this specialized rating.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, Aircraft Handling (ABH)

Length: 4 Weeks

Summary: This course will go over basic skills required for this rating including rescue and recovery and movements of aircraft.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, Fuels (ABF)

Length: 6 Weeks

Summary: Individuals will learn skills related to fueling and lubricating system maintenance, fuel quality surveillance and any other skills required for the rating.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, Launch/Recovery Equipment (ABE)

Length: 5 Weeks

Summary: The course will teach individuals on skills related to operating catapult launch and arresting consoles. They will learn how to perform maintenance on hydraulic and steam catapults amount other aircraft components.

Aviation Electrician’s Mate (AE)

Length: 13 Weeks

Summary: Aviation Electrician’s Mate study basic theory and basic technical knowledge. They learn about aviation electrical systems and gain skills related to electricity.

Aviation Electronics Technician (AT)

Length: 19 Weeks

Summary: Individuals will learn skills of electricity. They will study basic theory, aviation electrical systems and electronics theory.

Aviation Ordnanceman (AO)

Length: 9 Weeks

Summary: This course teaches electronics troubleshooting, aviation basic theory and how to properly handle ordnance.

Aviation Machinist’s Mate (AD)

Length: 4 Weeks

Summary: Aviation Machinist’s Mate will learn basic skills required for their rating including maintenance, repair, damage analysis and aviation basic theory.

Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM)

Length: 9 Weeks

Summary: Individuals in this program will complete the basic aviation structural mechanic course, basic aviation theory course and skills required for this specialized rating.

Aviation Structural Mechanic, Safety Equipment (AME)

Length: 9 Weeks

Summary: This course teaches maintenance of aircraft systems, inspection procedures, basic aviation structural maintenance and basic aviation theory.

Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AS)

Length: 17 Weeks

Summary: Aviation Support Equipment Technicians learn aviation basic theory and skills related to repair, maintenance, body work and operation.

Cryptologic Technician, Collection (CTR)

Length: 18 Weeks

Summary: This course teaches computer fundamentals and teaches technicians equipment operations, signals theory and communications technology. Individuals will also learn satellite communications.

Cryptologic Technician, Maintenance (CTM)

Length: 13 Weeks

Summary: Cryptologic Technician, Maintenance will learn how troubleshooting techniques for various systems, how to operate software systems and networking concepts.

Cryptologic Technician, Networks (CTN)

Length: 23 Weeks

Summary: Individuals will learn communication theory and network configuration. They will learn troubleshooting theory and techniques.

Cryptologic Technician, Technical (CTT)

Length: 12 Weeks

Summary: Future Cryptologic Technician, Technical learn radar system operations, electronic intelligence analysis, reporting system methods and radio-wave modulation principles.

Information System Technician (IT)

Length: 24 Weeks

Summary: Information System Technicians will learn how to work with Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle and other software. They will learn security and system operation.

A Schools at Point Loma, CA

Minemen (MN)

Length: 19 Weeks

Summary: Future Minemen will learn the skills necessary to locate and neutralize mines.

A Schools at Port Hueneme, CA

Construction Mechanic (CM)

Length: 16 Weeks

Summary: Individuals will learn basic construction skills and theories in addition to basic combat skills.

A Schools at San Antonio, TX

Master at Arms (MA)

Length: 9 Weeks

Summary: Master at Arms learn crime prevention, first aid, military and civil law, firearms deployment and physical restraint techniques.

A Schools at San Diego, CA

Sonar Technician, Surface (STG)

Length: 10 Weeks

Summary: Sonar Technician, Surface will learn basic operator and and analyst skills. They will also learn sonar fundamentals.

A Schools at Sheppard Air Force Base, TX

Construction Electrician (CE)

Length: 20 Weeks

Summary: This course teaches Construction Electricians basic construction skills and theories. It also teaches basic combat skills.

Utilitiesman (UT)

Length: 13 Weeks

Summary: Individuals will learn basic construction skills surrounding installation, operation and maintenance of plumbing, wastewater and piping. They will also learn basic combat skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

Navy Culinary Specialist A School
Navy Culinary Specialist during A School. Image: wikimedia

Do you get leave after A school? If so, how long?

Yes, in most cases you do get leave after A School.

According to the Naval Technical Training Center, leave is usually 14 days.

However, the Navy provides transport from your training station to your next duty station, so any travel outside of this is at your own expense.

Also, this time may be shorter, or no leave may be permitted, depending on the needs of the Navy and your new duty station.

Are you paid during A school?

Yes, you are paid during A school.

Pay is based on your standard base pay and can sometimes be slightly lower during initial training. 

What happens after A school?

After A school individuals will usually receive a short leave prior to reporting to their first duty station.

Individuals will report to their duty station to begin hands-on training, generally on a ship.

The Navy has recently changed their training structure that shortens the training sailors will receive prior to reporting to duty.

What can you bring with you to A school?

Specific items can vary based on location.

Family is not permitted at A school, but most schools allow you to bring the vast majority of personal items.

You can bring civilian clothes, as you will be permitted to wear them later in training.

Most A Schools allow you to bring items such as your cell phone and laptop. Some schools also allow you to bring your personal vehicle.

Keep in mind that you have a small space and are required to keep the area clean and neat.

Your training is usually shorter, so bring only personal items you believe you will need during your training period.

Also keep in mind that liberty time is earned and the use of items may not be permitted initially.


The Navy is changing how it trains sailors, and A School is being impacted significantly.

Some A School lengths have shortened and some locations may have changed.

Your school location and training length will depend on your specific rating.

Unless you are in a PACT program, you will find out where you will attend A School when meeting with your recruiter.

A Schools can be found in several US states and military installations.

The guide above provides information on the states Navy schools are located, where each rating will receive training, the length of training and more.

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