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Pensacola A School

"Pensacola A School"

Naval Air Station Pensacola or 
NAS Pensacola: is the seat of Naval Aviation and the initial primary training base for all Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Aviators.
 Pensacola is also the home base for the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the World Famous, Precision-Flying Team, "Blue Angels".

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Welcome Pensacola A School Sailors, Families & Friends

Aviation Rescue Swimmer School

 (ARSS) - a highly conditioned group, dedicated to being the top emergency response unit in the world.

Naval Aviation Schools Command - Aviation Pre-Flight Indoctrination Packet

National Naval Aviation Museum - A must see for all visitors to NAS Pensacola

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Comment by Pat Misterbee on December 16, 2014 at 11:36am

Our new sailor just got down there on Sunday and he was just granted leave for the Holiday Stand Down.  He can't wait to surprise his girlfriend, see his dog and sleep in his own bed!

Comment by BillG on December 7, 2014 at 9:56am

Great duty for a young (low paid) sailor. I went to A School at Corry and so did my son. We Noreasterners can swim almost year round (locals think we're crazy) avg water temp in Jan is 69, same as Ocean City, MD in Aug. Some cold weather, mostly in Jan but lots to do. So nice I moved here...

Comment by Rick Dunn on December 7, 2014 at 6:59am

Hi Jim, based on our GL experience he may ship out the next day (Sat). For us; PIR was a.m. Fri and our sailor had liberty with us until about 7 or 8 that evening. He then boarded a bus for O'Hare @ 3:00 a.m. for a 5:00 p.m. flight to Pensacola. We spent that day with him at the airport where several of the guys were able to share a room at the airport hotel (Hyatt?) for the day at a nominal charge.

Comment by Jim Sokol on December 6, 2014 at 11:01pm
My son is in ship 11, divsion 45. PIR is December 12, from there he heads off to Pensacola A school for AD. Does anyone know the date they depart GL?
Comment by Phil Shannon on December 4, 2014 at 12:54pm

Great timing. Pensacola is a great place to visit, especially in the winter for those of us up north. Try to get a room at the Navy Lodge if you get a chance to visit...

Comment by David Stellitano on December 4, 2014 at 12:47pm

My son should be there next Saturday!!! 

Comment by Eric Danielson on June 27, 2014 at 6:08am
Bill, we are from St.Ignace, MI. Just across the Mackinac bridge in the upper peninsula.
Comment by Phil Shannon on June 27, 2014 at 4:46am

Growing up here in the northeast we used to go to Florida all the time but it was always orlando/ft lauderdale or daytona, I had never been to Pensacola. Until our sailor got out of boot camp, then her next stop was NAS Pensacola. She then moved to Corry, I got to visit twice. Now Pensacola is one of my favorite spots in florida. The beaches are awesome, I hope you get a chance to visit your son. Jim's advice is spot on, try to reserve a room at the Navy Lodge first it's right on the beach.

Comment by Jim on June 26, 2014 at 10:20pm
Also, Eric.
If you wish to visit your son while at Pensacola, check out the 'Navy Lodge' and 'Gateway Inn'. Both are on base and have rates around $69 year-round. If your son's PIR is July 18, then he will be flown to Pensacola on the morning of July 19. Pensacola hotels get expensive in Spring and Summer. The only criteria for staying in the on-base hotels is that your son will have to be there to 'sponsor' you at check-in. But, you can make the reservations online yourself. I did, anyway.
Comment by Jim on June 26, 2014 at 10:12pm
My son was at NAS for his ABH A-school. He arrived on 8Feb2013. He had a LOT of down time. Only had 'duty' or watch a day or two a week and every couple of weekends for 3-months. Although, he had to be there for muster daily. The first couple of weeks, he won't be able to leave the base. Then, he will be allowed to leave the base during the day. After a few weeks, he will be allowed to leave the base on weekends that he doesn't have a duty or watch. But, there are distance limits of something like 200 miles from base. Luckily, we live in Florida. So, I visited him often. The base has a theater, games, etc to take up some time. There are hundreds of young men and women going through it, too. So, he won't be alone. They also organize some weekend trips, if he chooses, to Orlando and such. Once my son 'classed up', 3-months after his arrival, he was finished in 8-weeks. He recieved his orders on the last day of class.

Have your son be looking at where he would like to be stationed. They will have an opportunity to fill out a 'dream sheet' during class. My son wanted to get away from the east coast and experience a little if the world. So, his first choice was the George Washington (CVN 73) in Japan. He has been on that ship for a year now and landed in Singapore yesterday (for the second time for him).

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