This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

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."


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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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: 2272
Latest Activity: on Friday

Discussion Forum

What happens after ASchool?

Started by SailorMom18. Last reply by Phoenixmom Feb 13. 1 Reply

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

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Comment by summer_girl on February 24, 2018 at 11:59am

Hi - my son started A school this week and received his graduation date in April. I would like to attend his graduation, especially since it will be on his birthday.  Do they have a guest limit like they do for PIR graduation?

Comment by Sandy Bleeker on February 22, 2018 at 1:59pm
Thank you Anti M! I’m so glad I found this site! Everyone is very helpful.
Comment by Happyone00 on February 22, 2018 at 12:52pm

Hi Moms! I hope everyone is having a great day!  I thought I saw a document link on this website but can’t seem to find it now.  Does anyone know where I can find street addresses to the ships at GL?  My sailor moved when he returned to GL after the holidays and can’t find his new address.  Thanks!

Comment by Anti M on February 22, 2018 at 12:39pm

A school graduation is small and usually short.  You need to let your sailor know so they can meet you at the gate and escort you in.  

Comment by Sandy Bleeker on February 22, 2018 at 10:53am
Do they have a graduation that you can attend? Do we need to fly in extra early to pick anything up?
Comment by Sandy Bleeker on February 22, 2018 at 10:50am
Thank you, Allison. It’s hard to plan and not know how things will go. My husband and I are in Texas and while he works in EMS and just trades shifts, I have to have everything worked out in advance. Since my son had so much time leave at Christmas, it will a long while before we can see him again after this graduation so we want to get up there.
Comment by Allison on February 22, 2018 at 4:35am

Sandy, it does depend on those orders and also which barracks they’re living in. When my husband graduated ET A School, he did not have liberty on graduation day until normal time. Some sailors on other ships (barracks) were allowed to begin liberty early. Still, I did get to spend quite a bit of time with him taking pictures and socializing before he went back to the barracks for a few hours until he could come home (he had live ashore because we were married and lived together)). How long  they have before they have to report to C School depends on when a seat becomes available in the school they’re being assigned to. I would say it’s more likely they’ll have time between A and C School than not. Very few people were being rushed to the airport to get to their next duty station, like I know one student in my husband’s class left that night, and one left the next day, so that’s only 2 out of about 20. A lot of sailors take leave during this time between schools. I hope that helps :). 

His orders can come any time. Usually they come about a month before graduation, there may be hold ups sometimes, but most orders come in within a month for A School students. Tell him to keep checking NSIPS, they’ll be on there as soon as they’re ready :). 

Comment by Sandy Bleeker on February 21, 2018 at 10:12pm
Hi everyone! son graduates A school beginning of April. Does anyone know if they have any time between graduating and leaving for their ship as in a few hours, five minutes, a day? He of course doesn’t have any information and we don’t know when he will get his orders. Any help is greatly appreciated. This is our oldest son and first military experience.
Comment by Bandmom on February 21, 2018 at 1:06pm

barefootie, that is a bummer.  I wish that I would have known you were there.  I would have loved to have met you.  Super happy that you got to be there as well.  I did talk to some of the parents.  Maybe I talked to you and didn't even know it.  LOL

Comment by Phoenixmom on February 21, 2018 at 11:21am

Barefootie Congrats to your Son as well. I am with you on that knowing everyone's face to put with the name we chat with. To bad they don't have a reunion of some sort for us Mothers to get to know one another, that would be fun!.

mom of two you are welcome, My Son as well just went with the flow, just did as he was told. He was pretty excited at the same time being in San Diego.


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