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 Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 2, 2009 at 7:29pm
Awe, Laurie....GREAT NEWS! I still don't quite understand how they know so early in A school...that's contrary to all I've head...still wonderful news for you. So, it wasn't an April Fools joke after all???? I just sent Michael a txt message asking him how he did on test #3 in ATT school today. My tummy is in knots.
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 2, 2009 at 7:26pm
Theresa....did you get my instructions on a PM last night? Maybe they confused you? If you want to send me your phone number on a PM, I'll call you right away and walk you through it...or send it to me in an email: Hi everyone; hope you all had a great day!!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 2, 2009 at 4:53pm
Gail...thanks for sharing your phone call with all of us. I know you are very relieved today. YES!! God is Good~~~
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 2, 2009 at 12:40pm
Morning all and have a super day! I've got a busy day and will be back later~~

Hang in there for Will or Hoppi with their answers to your questions...

Laurie - did you hear from Josh?
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 2, 2009 at 12:09am
Thank you, Laurie....I can't tell you how happy I am tonight and relieved! And, do listen to Will. Everything I have heard is that they do not know where they are going to until the end or near the end of A School. Remember, Will's our leader; he hasn't led us astray yet! Goodnight all....Hang in there tough, Laurie!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 1, 2009 at 11:30pm
Laurie....I am almost certain that your son is playing an April Fools joke on you. I had almost forgotten it was April Fools Day even tho Roni warned us early this morning. Now, I'm wondering if the message I got tonight from my Michael was a joke. Oh, I hope not because I am so filled with pride right now. He started ATT School last Thursday and says that he has the highest GPA in the class as of today and aced his first test; got 88% on the 2nd test; the third is tomorrow,,,so I'm hoping he does as well on that one. I had to share with all of you because my tummy has been in my throat for a week now. Thanks for listening....
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 1, 2009 at 11:21pm
Gail, we are all waiting to stand by you to cheer when you get that call!! Your son will do just's us moms and gramas who suffer the most I think (and the dads)....Hang in there and let us know as soon as you get that call!!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 1, 2009 at 6:28pm are too funny!
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 1, 2009 at 6:19pm
Good evening, Will....did your OIC like your mural??? He had to! I hope today went well for you.
Comment by Vee, Michael's Proud Grandmother on April 1, 2009 at 6:12pm
Becky...."jup" is the new word for "up" lol

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