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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: 2214
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

Care packages

Started by stepho. Last reply by Phoenixmom Sep 11. 3 Replies

PACT seaman

Started by Gmachris. Last reply by Anti M Aug 3. 1 Reply

Need help

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

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Comment by WeAreNavy on March 26, 2018 at 10:53pm

Thank you ellen0502 and Anti M! Great information!

Comment by ellen0502 on March 26, 2018 at 10:20pm

There is not a list of things they need for A School. What they need is supplied.

In addition to what your Sailor may have requested you bring, he may end up wanting a soft blanket Those wool blankets are not very warm or soft. A fleece blanket that doesn't take up much room when folded and can easily be stored each morning. Don't send a quilt. :)

As school goes on more things may be wanted, but there shouldn't be anything needed per se.

Comment by Anti M on March 26, 2018 at 10:17pm

No, there's no formal list.  They need to check in and find out the rules for their particular barracks.  Whether they can have personal bedding, if they can have food, if it needs to be in containers or not.  But pretty much everything is supplied.  They may need laundry detergent, but it is best to wait and find out.  You can go shopping on Saturday or Sunday once they know their needs.

Comment by WeAreNavy on March 26, 2018 at 9:48pm

Hi! Is there a list of items SR’s need for their barracks in A School, verses the personal items SR requested I bring to PIR? 

Comment by KiddGreen1978 on March 26, 2018 at 11:07am
Thanks Phoenixmom!
Comment by Phoenixmom on March 26, 2018 at 10:50am

Good Morning Happy Monday!

KiddGreen1978 That is Awesome News!

Comment by KiddGreen1978 on March 26, 2018 at 9:14am
Good Morning Ladies! I am proud to say that my son has finished A School at Great Lakes and has moved on to his 1st duty station! Conveniently it is located near his brother. I'm so excited for his new adventure. He actually stopped in and surprised me and his grandmother with a visit before his departure to the new location. I want to thank you all for being so supportive in this journey and for those just joining and those continuing on with Great Lakes I wish you and your families the best of luck. It's a great sacrifice for our families, but the reward is to serve and protect.

Fair Winds and Following Seas!
Comment by Anti M on March 26, 2018 at 8:44am

Good Morning Monday!

Comment by Phoenixmom on March 20, 2018 at 12:02pm

Hi Ladies hope all is doing well this Tuesday Morning.

Comment by Anti M on March 19, 2018 at 10:28am

If he isn't eligible for overnights, he can put in a special request chit and ask to have them just for that occasion, for the specific purpose of visiting his grandmother.  

The liberty limit is 300 miles, if you are as near as that, no problem.  If it is a little over, he just puts in another special request chit asking to go "out of bounds" for one visit.  

There are always ways to work things out.


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