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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: 2202
Latest Activity: 17 hours ago

Discussion Forum

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

A School

Started by travel101. Last reply by Katiemom May 12. 10 Replies

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Comment by Anti M on January 4, 2018 at 10:57am

Safe travels to your sailors!

Comment by Anti M on January 4, 2018 at 10:57am

For  those driving, here is the Illinois DOT page, which gives advisories and helps planning.  Every state has a DOT page, a very good resource.  Drivers should give themselves a little extra time, they don't get to use the same weather excuses as those who are flying.

Here is the flight delay page for OHare and Midway:

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 4, 2018 at 10:48am

Good Morning all, Happy Thursday, I have to admit the time with my son has been fabulous, to see the changes he has made and the young man he has become, But I did notice he is less talkative shows no emotion very head strong. Not use to seeing him that way. I have two more days with him and then he is off, I feel like I am missing him already and he is still here, I guess just being a little selfish? Maybe? I know soon he will be getting deployed and cant help worrying about it, and especially about what kind of communication we will have with him. Well thanks for listening and may you all including Sons/Daughters have a safe travel and also have a Great Day. Daily Bread of the day (Bible verse)

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Comment by KiddGreen1978 on January 4, 2018 at 8:55am
Lol. It was supposed to be watching and praying for the same. I really was not paying attention.
Comment by KiddGreen1978 on January 4, 2018 at 8:54am
Thanks @Bandmom! I'm also watching paint for the same as my son is supposed to drive back soon on the East Coast. But I'm hoping by the time he leaves the roads will be clear this weekend. My other son is flying and I'm praying for no delays at the airport. Prayers for those who've already started traveling or are planning to travel
Comment by Bandmom on January 4, 2018 at 8:44am

Good Morning everyone,  I hope everyone had a great Christmas Break.  I like all of you (I am sure) are keeping an eye on the weather.  Even though our sailor will be driving back, roads in the midwest can get treacherous.  I am hoping an praying that everyone in the east can get back on time, and that those in the south and west do not have delays because of weather in the east.  Safe travels to all sailors this weekend. 

Comment by Sandi on January 3, 2018 at 11:37am

ok awesome!!  thanks so much for the information:-)  this helps a lot for sure.

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 3, 2018 at 11:30am

Sandi when my son began A school there in Great Lakes we basically took him to buy new tennis shoes, New Undies, and his hygiene, and a blanket. and some t-shirts. he didn't want to take too much back. They do there own wash so you can ask if he would like some detergent but normally they can buy at the NEX.

Comment by Anti M on January 3, 2018 at 11:19am

Do not purchase any bedding until he checks in and finds out the rules for his particular barracks.  They each have different rules when it comes to personal bedding.  He certainly cannot leave a mattress topper on for inspections, and the lockers/wardrobes are fairly small.  Items such as towels must be stowed when not in use, so not too many.  Most of that cannot go to his first command with him if he is assigned to a ship, so don't load him up with a lot of stuff right away.

Care packages are allowed. Many shared rooms have a small fridge and microwave, but not all.  If a barracks has had problems with pests, food might not be allowed unless it is on sealable hard containers.  He can ask about these details when he checks in after PIR.

Comment by Sandi on January 3, 2018 at 10:54am

my son will be attending the A School in Great Lakes right after he graduates from BC the first of February.  I have heard of family buying better sheets, towels, mattress topper.  is this something I can bring to his graduation to give to him before he starts school?  and care packages, they are able to receive these in A School correct?  is there a microwave and fridge?  thanks!!!  


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