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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: 2130
Latest Activity: 18 hours ago

Discussion Forum

Need help

Started by Mysailorboy1980. Last reply by Phoenixmom Jan 26. 3 Replies

(EM) Electricians Mate

Started by MomSeanEM2. Last reply by Phoenixmom Nov 8, 2017. 48 Replies

Leave after A school

Started by Carey. Last reply by Phoenixmom Oct 16, 2017. 15 Replies

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Comment by hooyahsuzy 18 hours ago

"A" School graduations are not the same formal affair as boot camp grad. Depending on the school, there may be as few as 5 students up to maybe 50 and the ceremony basically consists of a handshake while posing for a photo. That's it. Families hardly attend but they welcome to do so. Your Sailor would have to make arrangements to get you on base for the informal ceremony.

Comment by summer_girl yesterday

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 Thursday
Thank you Anti M! I’m so glad I found this site! Everyone is very helpful.
Comment by Happyone00 on Thursday

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 Thursday

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 Thursday
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 Thursday
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 Thursday

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 Thursday
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 Wednesday

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


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