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Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2178
Latest Activity: 1 hour ago

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Need help

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A School

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BECC Info?

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Comment by NMRob on October 18, 2017 at 10:50am

Junogirl As of right now we don't know the plan or what's next.    From what I read, yes he can try again for another rate and meet with a career counselor to help him through that. 

I hope eventually that happens that it is recognized, right now they have done a great disservice to my sailor.  Can't even be polite about it at this point. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 18, 2017 at 10:50am

I can truly understand, anyone would of been upset being talked down to like that. I cant even imagine what my Son would of Done, he is pretty quite but I know what a short fuse he has and the temper that can come out. I have never heard anything like that! You have one heck of an amazing Son and for this he will truly make his way and stand tall!

Comment by Junogirl on October 18, 2017 at 10:46am

NBRob, does this mean your son is shipping out soon? But has another chance at an "A" school after a year or so? How does this process work?  Also, I think at some point your son's initiative and intelligence will be rewarded, and he will get a rate he likes.

Comment by NMRob on October 18, 2017 at 10:42am

Phoenixmom thank you so much!  Definitely had to remind him of past conversations and took at it differently.  They words they say are just that, WORDS.  He knows the truth, but it ticked him so much that I don't think I have seen him that mad EVER! 

I truly don't know how that is acceptable.  All these sights I below too is all happy and jovial etc, does anyone else not experience this?  I can't imaging we are the first and won't be the last.  Or do people just not talk about it? 

He will definitely find his way, just right now he is unhappy and has regrets.  Now it is getting him back on track and giving him a positive outlook.  Luckily my research I have found some information that may be helpful for him.  It may take awhile my thought is fight it and talk about and make it known what occurred.  No excuses just facts! 

Thanks again!

Hope everyone has a great day!  Thanks to all the Sailor/Military for their service. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 18, 2017 at 10:37am

So with all that being said I hope you Ladies have a Fantastic Day!

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 18, 2017 at 10:36am

Good Morning Ladies Happy Wednesday!

I am feeling much Better, Thank you Mattsmomma.

NMRob I cant find the words to say, this is such BS. excuse my language. Yes I would of felt the same way, It seems to me someone meaning Recruiter didn't do his job right. Heads up to your Sailor for standing up to what is right for him and being positive for what he knows is the right choice for him. I'm just so sorry he had to endure words like that when he wasn't at fault for that. I hope you can get to the bottom of this. Just know we are here for you and your Sailor! Take a deep breath everything will fall into place.

Comment by Mattsmomma on October 18, 2017 at 10:22am

Phoenixmom, Hope you are feeling better! NMRob, I'm glad to hear that your Sailor is looking to the future with a positive attitude; I am sure he will do great things.  Happy Wednesday, everyone! 

Comment by NMRob on October 18, 2017 at 10:21am

Update!  My sailor is rerated to S-PACT Undesignated and his contract was tore up.  This is fine since he should not have been in that rate to begin with, but it is what it is.  What frustrates me, is he sat there for 3 hours in front of the ARB and was berated and then telling him he is a Piece Of Shite and a Failure and has no direction in life!  WTH!  First they set him up to FAIL, he is no failure since a failure is someone who doesn't even try, he gave his all in something he didn't qualify for and failed.  This does NOT make him a failure.  Then to call him a Piece of Shit!  Oh no!!!!  This momma is not happy at all!  While I am sure they have a purpose to handle things the way they did, the only they accomplished is he is pissed off and wishes he never joined the Navy!  He is having many regrets!  He does belong to the Navy and hopefully he finds his way being an undesignated sailor and finds his path and has a different out look.  Way to go NAVY.  While I am still proud to be a Navy Mom and proud of my son, I am not happy with the way this handled.  Fortunately, I am doing research and providing my sailor with information to possibly help him. 

Sorry for lashing out, just not happy with the handling of this situation. 

Thanks for listening. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 17, 2017 at 7:38pm

Have a Great Evening Ladies, wishing you all Peace, Love and Happiness!

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 17, 2017 at 10:39am

Good Morning Ladies, It was hard getting out of bed still under the weather but I'm sure I will be fine. Hope you ladies have a great Tuesday, Thank You NMRob your son will find his Journey where ever that may be and he will be Great at it! And best wishes to his Sailor Girlfriend!


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