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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: 2178
Latest Activity: 2 hours ago

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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

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by Phoenixmom Mar 18. 6 Replies

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Comment by kim ann on March 6, 2009 at 11:22pm
Can't do the dance, might put a hip out! LOL, Wow, how wonderful...we are growing! Soon Hoppi. we will keep you, Will, and Chris in different divisions of classes, and you'll be overloaded!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 11:16pm
Theresa.....thank you...someone has to "have my back." lol lol
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 11:14pm
Thanks, Hoppi....gotta love that dance! Think I will try to learn it so I can perform on our "road trip" with Roni and the girls....
Comment by kim ann on March 6, 2009 at 11:12pm
I agree, the "gray is the new blonde" look, beside, I worked hard for it! Not to mention, my motto: salt and pepper is just the look of knowledge and experience (then my boys would say..'.and she's got ALOT of experience, let me tell you'!!) Wow Theresa, I was second to youngest of 8! Took alot to earn that title too! Ha! I was thinking that 60 was the teenage yrs and middle age is closer to the century mark myself... :0}
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 11:12pm
I'm with Karen...I don't cover my gray either as you can tell by my pic..I , too, earned every dang one of those little gray suckers....he he he
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 11:04pm
Jeez, if 50 is the new 40s, that puts me in my 60s....ROTFLMAO TOO
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 11:02pm
ok, ok, ok...nuff said about age.....lmao Remember, I'm the "granny" on here. By "generation gap" I am referring to the two generations between me and my grandson and their lingo....
Roni....you better include me in that road trip; just keep in mind, I am not too far down the road from you and Laurie...Vee
Comment by kim ann on March 6, 2009 at 10:35pm
Ah! The ole' Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens comment! That's may Alma Mater (was from near his birthplace)- only because I've been told by my boys how I am "older than dirt" and rode the dinosaurs before cars were invented!
Comment by Bill S. on March 6, 2009 at 8:59pm
Hey everyone, I will give you our experience with the "after" PIR. We had our son for 45 min after the PIR and then we had to leave base while he went to sign in to the A school base, which took about 4 hrs. We picked him up at the visitors center and had him from Friday afternoon until 8:30 Sunday night. He was NOT a grad and go. On Saturday morning we had him sign us into the base and we took in his personal items, clothing and the such. They are allowed to have their cell phones and computers and any thing else they want. But a word of warning. There is theft that goes on so make sure they lock up EVERYTHING!!!!!! Now, all the stuff they have in their rooms they have to move by themselves when they change ships. If they cannot carry it in one trip they will have to leave it behind. My son had to leave a bunch of stuff with his old roommate and couldn't get back to get it for 3 weeks. He ended up mailing a big box home and his Fiancee brought home a large suitcase full her last trip out. He said it is a nightmare to try and move in less than a days notice and haul all that stuff. He got it down to one sea bag a backpack and a small rolling suitcase and he still may send more home. He has moved 3 times and is in his 4th ship since 01/09/09. If anyone has any questions please feel free to poke me and I will answer the best I can. Peace, Bill
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on March 6, 2009 at 6:32pm
Natalie...WHOOOHOO for you and Shane!!! When was his PIR?
Hey Roni....Thanks for the helpful hints...I am pretty much up on the "generation gap" terms, it's the Navy terms I am familiarizing myself with. And yes, Hoppi, has done a great job for us in the Navy Terms discussion. I sure hope one of these days, I'll be able to meet with you NoCal Mom's..what a get-together that will be!!!
 

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