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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: 2022
Latest Activity: 12 hours ago

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Family Chits and Liberty Questions

Started by CrissySue. Last reply by Allison on Saturday. 3 Replies

EM Training Pipeline

Started by adubz33. Last reply by Anti M Apr 5, 2016. 2 Replies

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Comment by Anti M 12 hours ago

Sorry about that, but it is essentially the same question.  Advice is the same, because there's no way to know his duty section rotation until he checks in.  If they do not want him to spend an overnight on the weekend with them, then phase two is a good time to visit.  Phase three is more desirable if he wants to spend the night off base.

Again, sorry about the misunderstanding.

Comment by mamh1108 12 hours ago
Actually, this wasn't related to getting married lol. This is actually more for his family and them wanting to visit since they may not be at PIR, which is why I posted it in this group and not the other one. Thanks.
Comment by Anti M 12 hours ago
Comment by Anti M 12 hours ago

You really want to set a date, don't you?  

The link I gave you in the other group states 30 days in phase one.  Four weeks in phase two.  Those are minimums, it can take longer.  

I strongly urge you to not set a date or buy plane tickets until he gets to A school, checks in, and can tell you the current policy, as it can change between now and his graduation.  Plus, it will really suck if you choose a date and buy plane tickets for the family, and then HE HAS DUTY AND CAN'T LEAVE BASE.  I am not trying to be mean, but realistically, the Navy sets your wedding date, not you.  

I was an ET.  We only had two phases of liberty then, but we had weekend duty at least once a month.  You cannot know his duty section rotation until he checks into A school.  

Comment by mamh1108 13 hours ago
Hi everyone, quick question typically how long do the phases last in A school for ET or FC?
Comment by Bandmom on Friday

Thank you Anti M and misisu,  Thank you for all the information.  This sounds like it is right up his alley.  He loves that kind of stuff.  As for spending most of his time on a ship, he told us that before we went to BC.  Seems like he is right on track for what he is interested in.

Comment by Anti M on Friday

I worked with RMs mostly, they're IT now.  My dad was in aviation, began as an aviation metalsmith when he joined in 1941.  That rating changes a lot, and he was one of the first Masterchiefs in the new rating (AM?).  My maternal grandfather, who I barely knew, was a Boatswain Mate in WWI.  Yes, World War One, art of the Great White Fleet.  My paternal grandfather was a Marine in the trenches in France, lost a leg, moved to Hollywood to be an extra in movies.

I love our military history, which people find odd because I'm pretty much a hippie, LOL.  In the 70s, when a hippie enlisted, it was in the Navy ...

ET is one of the best ratings.  Except for climbing antennas, it is a safe and clean working environment.  Mostly.  Don't know about now, but my husband says ETs were less likely to be assigned to cranking duty when they got to the ships.

Comment by misisu on Friday
Anti M what a great tradition! So many ET's in the family. I was an OS and we worked very closely with the ET's
Bandmom this is a great rating as it will serve him well while in the Navy and provide an abundance of opportunity when he decides to leave the Navy. Congrats!!
Comment by Anti M on Thursday

@Bandmom, yes, that is Electronics Technician.  Usually communications systems and radar, but also other specialties.  I was an ET and worked primarily on secure voice communications, and encrypted information systems.  My husband was also an ET who worked on similar systems, plus radar.  He also fixed the soda machine son his ship, which made him a hero to the guys (not official work). My acquired kid is currently an active duty ET, and does more navigation and radar than comms, but could do any of it.  ET is very versatile.  Yes, it is a sea-going rating, so expect him to get a ship as a first duty station.

I probably just posted more than you needed this early.  I tend to do that.

Comment by Bandmom on Thursday

I just got a letter yesterday from my son, saying that he has an ET Rating.  Does that mean that he will be working on Electronics?


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