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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: 2249
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

Discussion Forum

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by SuBHuni34 Nov 29. 9 Replies

Leave after A school

Started by Carey. Last reply by Phoenixmom Nov 28. 20 Replies

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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 

Comment by runnermom on June 5, 2018 at 8:13am

Alison have a wonderful visit with your son!

Comment by Alison❤️⚓️ on June 4, 2018 at 7:59pm

Hi All just wanted to say Hello I’m excited I’m going to fly out to see my son!!! He is going to have liberty!! Thought I would share he is still waiting for his QM class to start.. ugh but his spirits are better, especially we can come for a visit. Everyone have a great night 

Comment by Alison❤️⚓️ on May 30, 2018 at 7:53pm

Hi Anti M yes I hope so also. I think he told us he was going to do that... thanks for your insight.

Comment by Anti M on May 30, 2018 at 10:42am

I hope you get in a good visit!  If he knows ahead of time, he can put in a chit for you to be his liberty buddy.  Otherwise, he needs a couple friends to tag along.

Here are the liberty phases:

Comment by Alison❤️⚓️ on May 29, 2018 at 1:17pm

Thank you Anti M, now I’m hoping he can some liberty for a weekend so we can fly out to see him.. 

Comment by Anti M on May 29, 2018 at 1:07pm

Hold times can be weeks or months.  Hard to say as there can be delays which the sailors aren't aware of.  I've seen holds because they were waiting for an instructor to transfer in, for a broke heat main in one of the older buildings, and just oddball stuff like that.

Comment by Alison❤️⚓️ on May 29, 2018 at 12:59pm

Hi well I talked to my son last night he didn’t get into the QM class that started today .. He is feeling a little down I feel so bad for him .. how long can you wait for a class to start???


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