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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: 2059
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

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Comment by Tffytat 10 hours ago

Anti M- Thank you so much for attaching the liberty phases. Great info!

Comment by Anti M 12 hours ago

Great Lakes is actually two bases in one.  RTC is boot camp side, and TSC (Training Service Center) is the other side.  They do not intermingle.  

Being on hold before A school is very common.  Almost everyone does it, some much longer than others.  They can also wait between different portions of A school, before C school if they have one, and even waiting for orders after school in a few cases.  They are given work to do, have duty, and other general training.

Here are the liberty phases:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/training-support-center-tsc-great-la...

Comment by Allison 13 hours ago
Sailors that for whatever reason were able to graduate but cannot transfer will wait on ship 5 in the Temporary Holding Unit (THU). During their stay they can use their phones, wear civilian clothes after time, and have some liberty, but mostly they will help escort the recruits in separations, clean, and stand watches. Usually sailors seem to be sent to THU for minor medical reasons or administrative errors from those I talked to. Holds on the TSC side of Great Lakes where A school is will also spend a lot of time cleaning and standing watches, but they can start advancing through liberty phases which is nice. Sailors in A School are usually on hold because they are waiting to fill a class.
Comment by CherylG yesterday
Yes as soon as PIR is over they go back to their Ships pack up and they bus them over to TSC check into their new barracks, there's a meeting then they have limited liberty the rest of the weekend.. Must be back at barracks no later then 10pm I think..its actually great we spent the whole weekend with my son.. Way more time then if they are shipping out to another A school.
Comment by LindseysMom yesterday

So they were able to move out of boot camp and into the school for that time? She is staying in Great Lakes for school.

Comment by Mar3n1 yesterday
Yep my son graduated 7/7 and just started BECC on Monday
Comment by CherylG yesterday
Yep same here...
Comment by blackbirdmom yesterday

Our sailor was also on hold for about 2 weeks before his school started. He was not on Ship 5, that is for RTC. He was assigned a ship on the TSC side, but then moved to the Missouri a few weeks into school. They do not have liberty to come home. They have to phase up to get liberty. Mostly they learn how to do their watch and clean. He has had holds in between classes, and most of they time they just have extra watch duties and they clean. They have more time to hang out.

Comment by LindseysMom yesterday

@CherylG - was he in Ship 5 during that time or at A school waiting? Could he have come home?

Comment by LindseysMom yesterday

CherylG - was he in Ship 5 during that time or at A school waiting? Could he have come home?

 

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