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DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."


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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: 2260
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by SuBHuni34 Nov 29, 2018. 9 Replies

Leave after A school

Started by Carey. Last reply by Phoenixmom Nov 28, 2018. 20 Replies

Anyone graduating A school on 10/26/18

Started by Dena4. Last reply by Dena4 Oct 11, 2018. 2 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Phoenixmom on February 13, 2018 at 11:01am

Good Morning Ladies hope all is well this Tuesday Morning.

Congratulations BandMom to your Sailor and his Promotion how exciting! My Son Graduated January 31st was sent to his duty station in San Diego, North Island (Coronado) that Thursday. and this past Sunday  he Left. He was caught off Guard as was I, but it was bound to happen. Looks like they are needing their Trade or Rate out on the ships. I know he will be fine. When I got Home yesterday I received a surprise call from him, so he made it safe to his destination. Looked really tired and Hungry, just waiting Patiently for his plane to get him to his ship.Good Luck and Best wishes to your Son

Comment by KiddGreen1978 on February 13, 2018 at 11:01am
Congrats to you both and your sailors! I'm still waiting for my sailor to finish A school, but he's well on his way. I know I don't speak out often, but I see your messages and I keep you and your sailors in my thoughts and prayers. Fair winds and following seas to those moving on from our Great Lakes A School community.
Comment by runnermom on February 13, 2018 at 9:48am

Best wishes to you and your sailors!

Comment by Bandmom on February 13, 2018 at 8:54am

Good Morning Butterball, The Frocking Ceremony is when our sailors get promoted to E4/Petty Officer.  My Sailor has asked us to be there so that one of us can pin him.  I was originally supposed to by the 16th, but has been changed to the 20th.

Comment by Butterball on February 13, 2018 at 7:21am

Bandmom what is the Frocking Ceremony? Sorry, but I just don't know what it is. Thank you in advance.

Comment by Bandmom on February 12, 2018 at 11:31pm

Phoenixmom,  Best of Luck to your sailor!.  I am about to be in the same boat (so to speak).  My son graduated A School today, Has his Frocking Ceremony next Tuesday, and leaves for his new assignment on the following Tuesday.  He said his ship just left port, so will be flying out to meet it.  Wow, sometimes the navy does move fast.  God's Speed to you and your sailor.

Comment by Phoenixmom on February 12, 2018 at 6:42pm

Well Ladies I have some News, My Son was deployed out left yesterday, and just got word he made it to his destination. I found out Friday as he did, and was a big Surprise to him and me. I was a total mess Friday evening, but I prayed on it and I am ok. Just another Journey that I am having to learn about and understand. hope to become stronger and wiser as These Journeys come and go. Just one week going on two out of A school. Whoooo! that was a lot. but I am very blessed to have such Great knowledgeable people on this site that are helping me with information.

Comment by Tessie on February 9, 2018 at 3:56pm

Thank you Phoenixmom

Comment by Phoenixmom on February 9, 2018 at 2:01pm

Tessie keep your head up, I'm sure your Son will do fine, he will need to focus a little harder but it will all work out.

Comment by Tessie on February 9, 2018 at 1:32pm

Anti M - thank you

He did the first time and did say he would be having to do mandatory study this time. It is a relief to hear they don't separate for this. He did well ASVAB and normally does well testing. I keep sending him encouragement and positive words. I can't thank you and the ladies in this group enough for all the support and information.

Have a good day!


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