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Master at Arms: Questions and Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a Navy (MA). This group is for the families, men and women (active, retired or reserve) who have chosen to be Naval Security & Enforcement.

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Comment by Dale Wiles on January 26, 2018 at 12:47pm

When we went about a year ago it was in the morning. Maybe a couple of hours for the ceremony. Then at the end someone gets to place the pin on them. The sailor picks. The place where the ceremony is held is on base. It is close to the Navy barracks. Here is what you have to do. The sailor lets the gates know who will be coming in for the ceremony. As is the case with all bases you will need IDs, insurance etc. even for a rental vehicle. The building is on the north west side off of W Military Dr and Luke Blvd. Some of the gates are open on limited hours. The gates that are open 24 hours and have the capability of a visitor center are the Luke Blvd gate and the Valley Hi Dr gate which is farther south. I think we went to the gate the night before to check in. Gates can take time getting through especially if there are any issues so get there early. It is a really nice ceremony and you get a question answer time before the sailors come in. We went to the Luke Blvd gate as it was closest, except there was construction so we had to drive around more to get to the building, another reason to get there early. Hope that helps.

Comment by David McNeill on January 26, 2018 at 12:18pm

Sorry I won't be much help in this post, but I just wanted to say Congratulations to your son! I hope he enjoys his new adventure.

That said, I believe the graduation is in the morning and it is on base but I'm not sure where.

Comment by Stephen Frederick Nelson on January 26, 2018 at 12:03pm


My son is scheduled to graduate MA A school at Lackland AFB on 9 February.

Does anybody know what time the ceremony is? Is it on base? If so, where?

Thank you.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 11, 2017 at 9:34pm
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 11, 2017 at 9:33pm

PRP is Personnel Reliability Program; it is additional screening to confirm suitability of personnel to work with nuclear weapons.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 11, 2017 at 9:32pm
Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on September 11, 2017 at 9:28pm

I was messaged with the same question and had no clue about PRP.

Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on September 11, 2017 at 9:27pm

So, SWFPAC may not necessarily be part of the rate of MA, but rather the type of base or facility he's assigned to. Probably the rate would be MA and specialize in security.

MA - Security Force Specialist
Patrolmen establish entry control points; conduct access control inspections; review, analyze, and plan security capabilities; conduct vulnerability assessments; conduct patrols; conduct vessel escorts; utilize weapons and equipment; complete applicable forms and reports; manage personnel; work with other agencies; plan operations; conduct preliminary investigations; collect and process evidence; plan and conduct assault operations; plan and tactically deploy security assets to defeat threat; manage and utilize military working dogs; respond to crimes; operate security vehicles and boats; conduct physical security operations; conduct law enforcement operations. 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 11, 2017 at 9:19pm

Tom may be able to provide more info......

Comment by Bill Fort on September 11, 2017 at 8:21pm

Tim, PRP is a very selective program, as I understand it. My son was selected PRP King's Bay Ga. I believe SWFPAC is Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific. My son got SWFLANT. Google it for a more detailed explanation.



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