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Great Lakes A School Q&A

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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

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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 Phoenixmom on January 26, 2018 at 7:19pm

They just posted some new pics on the great lakes face book of those that just finished their A school.

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 26, 2018 at 7:19pm

That is a lot to remember, and when you send letters it has to be written the same don't it?

Comment by ellen0502 on January 26, 2018 at 7:08pm

After a while your Sailors may start adding letters behind too. My son is now an ET2 (IW/SW). It won't get easier I promise. LOL

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 26, 2018 at 6:46pm

I find it to funny LOL! and the sad thing is I work for the State of AZ and that is what they use here is a bunch of acronyms go figure.

Comment by Allison on January 26, 2018 at 6:34pm

Phoenixmom, it gets very confusing. The acronyms only get more fun too. CM is Master Chief, but the actual abbreviation is MCPO, Master chief petty officer, they shortened and reversed it, I don’t know why, for fun, like what?! You could be proud of your sailors for graduating bootcamp just because of the fact they were able to memorize some of this stuff. The chain of command gets super confusing, you have to be able to write it with all 2 billion letters in front of their names on a test lol, but you also have to remember what all of those letters mean, which titles to say and which ones to leave out, when you answer the question verbally. And you have to know who they’re asking about in the first place since you’re reading mostly acronyms all day, and they’re not necessarily going to spell out the acronym for you. 

Comment by Allison on January 26, 2018 at 6:02pm

And that goes for all rates, simply trade the FC for whatever your kid/spouse’s rate is, like ET2 or ETC for an ET, or the like. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 26, 2018 at 5:51pm

Thank You Allison for all the information. It is quite confusing but I think I have been studying it for awhile so I'm getting the Hang of it.

Comment by Allison on January 26, 2018 at 5:35pm

https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/LaDR/fc_e1_e9.pdf

And this is the career roadmap. It’s a bit confusing if you’ve never seen one before. Let me know if you have any specific questions about this packet :). A good place to start is that:

SN=seaman, FC stands for Fire Controlman obviously, but FC3= Petty Officer (PO) 3rd class (E4), FC2=PO 2nd class (E5), FC1=PO 1st class (E6), FCC=Chief (E7), FCCS= Senior Chief (E8), and FCCM = Master Chief (E9)

Comment by Allison on January 26, 2018 at 5:29pm

https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/fc.pdf

Here is the rating card for FC. Orders will come about a week to a month before A school graduation, depends on if there’s a lot of open billets and how urgently they need them filled, it’s common for the FC rating to get backed up though and experience some hold times. 

Comment by Allison on January 26, 2018 at 5:27pm

https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/fc.pdf

Here is the rating card for FC. Orders will come about a week to a month before A school graduation, depends on if there’s a lot of open billets and how urgently they need them filled, it’s common for the FC rating to get backed up though and experience some hold times. 

 

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