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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: 2130
Latest Activity: 39 minutes ago

Discussion Forum

Need help

Started by Mysailorboy1980. Last reply by Phoenixmom Jan 26. 3 Replies

(EM) Electricians Mate

Started by MomSeanEM2. Last reply by Phoenixmom Nov 8, 2017. 48 Replies

Leave after A school

Started by Carey. Last reply by Phoenixmom Oct 16, 2017. 15 Replies

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Comment by Anti M on December 14, 2017 at 1:08pm

I found the E-Pact schedule too. This may be part of the common core.  I am outside my area of expertise here, but it looks like the fundamentals.

Comment by Anti M on December 14, 2017 at 1:02pm

I don't know how current this is, but here a look at the EM course.  Notice they teach safety and tools and the general job before jumping into details.  Each section has course objectives.  They are told up front what they will be learning in each section.

Like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.

Comment by Anti M on December 14, 2017 at 12:58pm

Edit: BECC is common to most of the engineering or "snipe" ratings.  You'll find Firemen in BECC, and Seamen in ATT, in general.  

Comment by Anti M on December 14, 2017 at 12:55pm

The Navy trains from the ground up, assuming no prior knowledge.  The training and learning is divided into parts, BECC can be for several ratings as it is "common" to all of them, then they split off into more specialized schools.  To make it more confusing, each segment is further divided into modules.  You have to master one before moving forward.  A test each week is not unheard of, depending on where they are in the training pipeline.

Here is the COOL card for EM, it gives a nice general overview:

Comment by mom of two on December 14, 2017 at 11:09am

AntiM, I am pretty stupid when it comes to all of this.  My son is an EM and he just graduated his BECC schooling and will start his next leg when they return from stand down.  Do you know what that will be?  He keeps telling me about each step as he graduates, but I thought if I was smart enough (lol) I could give the unexpected of knowing when he comes home!! lol...........seriously tho, seems like he keeps starting a new one every week!!! lol, thank you!!  Everyone here has been sooooooo helpfult with all of the information.  I have learned a great deal from everyone!!!!  It is awesome knowing that even tho it seems like I am the only mom going throught this, that I am not alone!  It's like a comfort!!! thank you again!!!!

Comment by Butterball on December 14, 2017 at 9:40am

Okay thanks, he is a FC

Comment by Anti M on December 14, 2017 at 9:37am

ATT is Apprentice Technical Training, an electronic prep school required before A school for some ratings, AECF is the big one.  Others will take Common Core if they are in the engineering.   

Comment by Butterball on December 14, 2017 at 9:34am

Anti M what is ATT school? My son told me he passed a test he was worried about, not sure what it is.

Comment by Anti M on December 14, 2017 at 9:02am

Phoenixmom, congrats to him for getting through ATT!  Now onto the next adventure ... after leave, of course.  Will he need to wait long to class up?  Does he know?

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 13, 2017 at 7:36pm

Have a Great Evening Ladies and always thanks for sharing great info and thoughts.


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