This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

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OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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America's Navy STEM

Today's Sailor can contribute to exciting innovations by pursuing an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Learn more here: Para Padres

Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



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: 2177
Latest Activity: on Saturday

Discussion Forum

Need help

Started by Mysailorboy1980. Last reply by Bandmom May 30. 6 Replies

A School

Started by travel101. Last reply by Katiemom May 12. 10 Replies

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by Phoenixmom Mar 18. 6 Replies

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Comment by kaj123 on June 12, 2018 at 12:17pm

my sailor finally started class yesterday! and i'm already excited for him to come home!

Comment by Phoenixmom on June 12, 2018 at 11:10am

Good Morning Ladies, Hoping this Tuesday finds everyone well.

Alison that is Great, Have a Nice time visiting.

Comment by Alison❤️⚓️ on June 11, 2018 at 7:34pm

Hello All my Sailor finally started class today to become a QM so happy for him.. Also my husband and I are coming for a visit this weekend so so happy .. Hope everyone has a good evening 

Comment by Anti M on June 11, 2018 at 9:27am

They don't need much for their room as they cannot leave anything out.  No rugs or posters.  Some of the barracks will allow personal bedding except for inspections, other require it to be stowed in the locker when not in use.  

Comment by TahoeZephyr on June 10, 2018 at 11:55pm

Tina - my son says the mosquitoes are out in force now that the temps are rising in GL!  I sent him some combination sunscreen/bug lotion last week :)

Comment by Phoenixmom on June 10, 2018 at 9:26pm

When my Son went to A school after PIR he mentioned he had a small refridge in his room and micro. We took him shopping he got sleep pants, shirts, new undies, tennis shoes, a nice blanket and hygiene true enough they have little room as far as civilian clothes when he was able I sent them in a box priority mail, sent him some of his jeans shirts, and his Nikes, jordans. But he also went shopping. He had his tablet. And I bought him a Iphone 7. He is all about apple products while the rest of us are Abdroids lol.

Comment by gtpill on June 10, 2018 at 7:00pm

What do sailors usually want for A school...whether for them or for their room, bed, etc. 

Comment by Allison on June 7, 2018 at 1:12pm

Tina_Proud Momma there is subway, Taco Bell, P.F. Chang’s, and Pizza Hut in the food court. That was a couple years ago, but Taco Bell and Subway are at pretty much every base, they have extensive contracts with the military. There is a stand alone McDonalds across from the galley as well that I can’t imagine has gone anywhere. Off base there is the usual chains. There’s a target and a Walmart pretty close to base if you wanted to grab any for shopping as well. Gift cards for transportation, like uber or lyft, are probably the best to have too. The train station is across the street to get to Chicago, but there’s also tons of stuff to see/do locally, and public transit in North Chicago (Great Lakes) is seriously lacking. 

Comment by Tina_Proud Momma on June 7, 2018 at 12:12pm

Hi everyone. My daughter will be going to school in Great Lakes and I was going to buy her some gift cards for graduation from boot camp. Does anyone know of what places to eat are on base?

Comment by Alison❤️⚓️ on June 5, 2018 at 8:07pm

Hi Runnermom, Thank you 


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