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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: 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 barefootie on November 1, 2017 at 6:17pm

Trying here!  Was told holds for possibly 2 years. I am only an hour and a half away. I've been truly spoiled.  Big changes ahead.  Praying!

Comment by Phoenixmom on November 1, 2017 at 6:06pm

Good to know Barefootie! keep your head up!

Comment by barefootie on November 1, 2017 at 6:00pm

FC "A" school is about 26 weeks.  They have begun again to receive their orders.  It appears "holds' are off. :(  "B" school length depends on the type of equipment they will be training on

Comment by Allison on November 1, 2017 at 5:11pm
Oh I could go all day. Now I get why AntiM has her blogs (which is also a fantastic resource).

To learn about your sailor's commands:
www.cnic.navy.mil
www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil

For general info there are many articles through military one source, if you are a spouse they also have tons of free resources for you:
www.militaryonesource.com

To locate your ombudsman (keep in mind not all are willing to work with parents or girl/boyfriends/finances):
www.ombudsmanregistry.org

For news/magazine articles:
www.navytimes.org
www.militaryspouse.com
www.militaryfamily.org
www.uscg.mil/reservist
www.seabeemagazine.navylive.dodlive.mil
www.seapowermagazine.org

I've got pages and pages of this stuff, these are just the ones I think might be helpful to the moms here to learn from. I'd be happy to upload it somewhere if that's an option, or if anyone has anything specific, let me know. I have everything from financial assistance to youth programs to relocation assistance and more.
Comment by Phoenixmom on November 1, 2017 at 5:01pm

Thank You, I appreciate this very much!

Comment by Allison on November 1, 2017 at 4:58pm
Oh if any of you have future reservists:
Guidelines for Navy Reserve Families

There is also nsfamilyline.org but I haven't played around with that yet. It seems very spouse oriented in the description I have here, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to gain as a family member.
Comment by Allison on November 1, 2017 at 4:55pm
Here is the reading list, I forgot I actually had my binder out for the chaplain services.

-Sea Legs: A Handbook for Navy Life and Service

-Social Customs and Traditions of the Sea Services

-Are You Ready? Guidelines for Navy Family Emergency Preparedness

There's a few more, but I don't think they pertain to anyone on here yet, including myself, they're all guidebooks for spouses of sailors in senior ranks and/or command leadership
Comment by Phoenixmom on November 1, 2017 at 4:54pm

Allison I believe you can go into Photos, they have my photos, and different things maybe you can post there?

Comment by Phoenixmom on November 1, 2017 at 4:51pm

It's just fun I like to make him Laugh with it, It gives me something to do, plus I have a Little one (grandson) whose 3yrs. and he gets a kick out of it, I will speak military to him and he cracks up he tells me your crazy nana. Hopefully I can raise another Military Man although he still a baby in a sense. Thanks Allison.

Comment by Allison on November 1, 2017 at 4:49pm
Is there a way to post a picture here? I have a whole bunch of resources I'd be happy to share, but I'm not super comfortable emailing strangers haha.
 

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