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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: 2181
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

Discussion Forum

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 Anti M 9 hours ago

 

Every A school is a different length.  They have individual class graduations, not one big ceremony for all the schools.  And yes, there can be varying hold times, waiting for enough students to fill a class, and especially if the school is broken into sections.  Which A school for which rating?  There are quite a few at Great Lakes.  

Comment by Wiffer peanut yesterday

I'm trying to figure out this A School.  It's seems to be different than other ratings.  Child graduated in May....trying to figure out when the graduation would be.  Any suggestions?  Even my sailor isn't totally sure.

Comment by Phoenixmom on Wednesday

Thank You Anti M that was very informative.

Hi Butterball! how are you? I'm guessing all the barracks are set up differently, Glad to know all is well with your Sailor. My Son is in Barracks on North Island SD. he shares a room with 3 other Young Sailors. Looks like an apartment 2 to a room really small but has a Kitchen with Fridge and stove top and Microwave. Not to shabby. a small living room fully furnished. So all in all doing well for himself Loves the weather! Have a Great Day Ladies!

Comment by Anti M on Wednesday

I was in a small room, in one of the very old barracks.  They're still in use, but being phased out.  We had bunkbeds, but many of the male barracks did not.  All the risers which joined the beds had been taken away because they had been used as weapons during the Summer Riot of 1979.  I arrived in 1980.  The Navy uses buildings and furniture until it falls apart, so it is entirely possible the racks might still be in use!  Nothing changes drastically or quickly.  Even my dad's experiences in the Navy WWII through Vietnam, were relevant to my experiences.  Some things really do not change.

For anyone wondering where the liberty phases originated, here's the article about the riot:

https://www.nytimes.com/1979/08/21/archives/bar-owners-sad-sailors-...

Comment by Butterball on Wednesday

Phoenixmom, just wanted to let you know, my son's room still has bunk beds. :-)

Comment by TxMom on Tuesday

Thank you AntiM, I looked up Bakemeawish, that is perfect.  Although, I teared up knowing we wouldn't be there it will be great to send her a cake she can share with others, thanks again.

Comment by Phoenixmom on Tuesday

Anti M there is a pic on my page you can see how the Rooms looked.

Comment by Phoenixmom on Tuesday

Each bed across from each other sorry. not one on top of the other but very high up.

Comment by Phoenixmom on Tuesday

Hi Anti M the pic I have of my Son and his Barracks there were no headboards but again the were remodeling some barracks when he left? They lloked like Bunkbeds really high and desk underneath four to a room. but things may have changed.

Comment by Anti M on Tuesday

Do not mistake the barracks for college dorms, they are sparse and lacking in decor.  The only detail I can't find out currently is if the racks still have a headboard shelf.  We were allowed small personal items kept neatly on that shelf, such as clocks, books, a photo in a frame.  I have no idea if that is still acceptable.

 

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