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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: 2107
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

Discussion Forum

(EM) Electricians Mate

Started by MomSeanEM2. Last reply by Phoenixmom Nov 8. 48 Replies

Leave after A school

Started by Carey. Last reply by Phoenixmom Oct 16. 15 Replies

Reservest wants to go AD

Started by CherylG. Last reply by Allison Jul 4. 5 Replies

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Comment by Missingyou 9 hours ago

You guys are great thanks for all the comments I do feel better I miss my son so so much but I know he has a new life now and I will always be here for him because I love them so much thank you guys

Comment by Phoenixmom 10 hours ago

well Ladies spoke to my son about watch or duty and he said those that are leaving don't or will not have a schedule to do watch only those that stay on base will be the ones to have duty or watch.

Comment by Allison 14 hours ago

Missingyou I just want to kind of echo what AntiM said, there's a lot to get caught up in, and some sailors take their support system for granted. Coming from a kid who often forgot about her awesome mom, if it helps at all, I think you should feel at least a little flattered, his trust that you'll support him and be there for him no matter what is clearly very solid, and you built that with him, given him such a strong sense of security in your relationship that he doesn't have to worry about losing you…though I do hope he comes to his senses like I did and expressed gratitude for that and takes time for your relationship as parent and child. Now that I get it, it's totally not cool that we do this to our parents haha, but just to give you some perspective to think about. 

On the flip side, some sailors also come out of bootcamp and think they have to stand alone. It's kind of drilled into your head in bootcamp that you're flying solo and you shouldn't need anyone, and while the RDCs don't mean it the way it sounds when they say all of these terrible things, they're really trying to teach responsibility and accountability and all that, I found that a lot of people that had really solid relationships with anyone, whether it's a parent or spouse or girl/boyfriend, they start to push away towards the end or after bootcamp in response to that, and some, perhaps like your son, push too hard and do a 180 trying to be a strong and independent sailor. If this is the case, he'll come around eventually and realize that he doesn't have to be isolated to be a good sailor, and I think the more solid the relationship was, the longer that takes just from watching family and friends and thinking about what I went through too even though I was med sepped early…to get through that and figure out, "it's okay to need this person in my life." I almost divorced my poor husband after bootcamp over insecurities that came out from what RDCs had said to me to teach me lessons, but we're doing great now! Hang in there, Missingyou! 

Comment by Allison 15 hours ago

It may be too specific for your purpose, but I would touch on Live Ashore liberty for married sailors at long A/C schools, and maybe just add like a sentence as an exception to no liberty at RTC, the THU after graduation does get regular liberty and a very brief stand down. No need to go into detail since that's kind of rare, but just as a note for any moms/spouses/Sos that worry their sailor is trapped at RTC. 

Comment by Anti M 15 hours ago

Allison, I do have my Leave vs. Liberty blog. 

Please make suggestions to update it, if needed.  I didn't cover duty days in depth.

Comment by Anti M 15 hours ago

MIssingyou, sometimes the new sailors get so involved with getting on with their new lives, they are forgetful when it comes to the loves ones at home.  They just assume the love is there, and don't understand the need to nourish the feelings of family.

Comment by Phoenixmom 16 hours ago

Missingyou I'm sorry, I hope and Pray you get to see him I cant imagine him not wanting to see or talk to you. You know my Son's friend is in Virginia and he keeps telling my son to come visit that it is beautiful there. I'm sure he will do Great things with himself, I wish him the best in his Journey. And thank You! Wishing you a Happy Holidays!

Comment by Phoenixmom 16 hours ago

That is Great! You are an Amazing person Butterball, Kudos to you.

Comment by Missingyou 16 hours ago
I’ve been reading all of you guys post the past few days. And everyone seems so excited about their sailors coming home. I haven’t talked to my son since graduation and I don’t really know what’s going on. He’s dad says he will be home for Christmas so hopefully I’ll get to see him before he leaves. I know he’s going to Virginia and he’ll be there for a while. My daughter lives about 3 hours from the base they are close so I know she’ll keep an eye out for him. I just want to give him a hug and tell him I’m so proud of him and I love him. I did my part and now he’s all grown I just wish him the best in all he does and I want him to know I’ll always be a letter away a text away and a phone call away if He needs me. Anyway I hope you moms enjoy your time with your guys.
Comment by Butterball 16 hours ago

Phoenixmom, I joined a penpal group for people needing encouragement for whatever reason. I was given her snail mail, and I sent her the first note last week. She responded yesterday, I can't wait to meet her. We found each other on Facebook last evening, now I can't wait to meet her.


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