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AECF - FCs and ETs

For families that have a loved one serving the Navy as an FC or an ET. This is the place to share and learn more about their jobs and schools. For subs - look for the SECF group.

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Family Chits and Liberty Questions

Started by CrissySue May 19, 2017. 0 Replies

Moving to great Lakes

Started by ismenia. Last reply by ismenia Feb 25, 2017. 6 Replies

C-school for Reserve?

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Comment by Anti M on December 12, 2017 at 11:58am

Sounds like he's a fine sailor if he understands even waiting is playing a part. 

Wow, the symphony sounds amazing.  Chicago all decorated up for Christmas should be a lovely sight.

Comment by Bandmom on December 12, 2017 at 11:37am

Well, My son explained the three in his class that have not gotten their orders.  They are all Naval Reserve Active Duty.  As he said, "They don't quite know what do with us."  He has the right attitude though, he just says "that's the navy way".  He loves being in the Navy, and the Honor Guard, he will take whatever comes his way..  As he says, "I just want to serve."  We are lucky to be going to Chicago this weekend to go to the Christmas Symphony with him.  Looking forward to the weekend.

Comment by Anti M on December 11, 2017 at 3:39pm

Bandmom, let him know to enjoy his last moments at Great Lakes while he still has so few responsibilities.  Go to Chicago and visit all the museums!  Use MWR to the fullest.  Sleep, because sailors learn to sleep when and where they can, LOL.

Allison, ages ago, over half our class got orders to Ft. Gordon.  I had wanted Japan, but the orders were to Misawa, with a really crappy short C school on gear which was really ancient.  I took the long C school orders instead (nothing they use anymore, a variety of secure voice).  The guy right behind me was happy to take Japan.  One of the guys was really angry, he's from the area and wanted to go home. Kept yelling that I took "his" orders.  He was late the morning we picked, out of uniform and seemed hungover.  The chief made him pick last, all that was left was orders to a carrier, the Coral Sea.  He wouldn't have gotten the Gordon orders in any case, but he really wanted to blame me.

Funny how something as simple as a class pick of orders can direct your life years later, I met my husband because we had the same NEC and I was going to fill his billet.  Crazy, huh?

Comment by Bandmom on December 11, 2017 at 2:33pm

Thanks Allison,  My son said that everyone in his class got their orders but three.  Of course he is one of the three.  I keep telling him in God's time he will get them.  It is still hard to wait though.

Comment by Allison on December 8, 2017 at 10:53am

AntiM is totally right (as usual). Most get the choice of East Coast, West Coast or overseas for orders, and that's it. My husband did get the east coast, which was his top pick...but it was on an Army base that he didn't even know he could be sent to with MAYBE like 2k Navy personnel, which is considered a lot now for that base haha.

Bandmom, it can totally vary based off the needs of the Navy and seats and class start times. When we were in Great Lakes last year, most of the FCs weren't getting any orders for like 6-9 MONTHS AFTER they graduated, but I've heard on this site it's not nearly as bad now. For some of our ET friends, they had orders like a month before they graduated, some leaving the same day and some a month or two after graduation. For my husband, he got orders a little over a month AFTER he graduated because he had to wait for some other students to graduate in the classes behind him and make their little class of 5 to be sent to Ft. Gordon. The orders set his detachment for exactly a week later. He still got leave though, which made the move a little easier and gave us an extra week or so to visit family and get down to Georgia. For his C School, orders were different. His class was issued 5 billets for exact locations/time frames, 4 for where he is currently stationed and 1 for another overseas location, and they picked by class rank as long as they had good attendance.

Comment by Carey on December 8, 2017 at 10:33am

It is possible. My son said many of the people in his A school class got their orders pretty early during school.

Comment by Bandmom on December 8, 2017 at 10:13am

My son is still in A School, set to graduate Feb. 5, 2018.  Is hoping to get his orders before Christmas.  Is this possible?

Comment by Anti M on December 8, 2017 at 8:43am

The thing with picking orders is they are not picking "I want to go XYZ place or XYZ C school", they are picking from a pool of orders prepared specifically for that class.  Dream sheets may or may not have been consulted, and billets which line up might be open, but a detailer cannot send a sailor someplace there is no job or seat for them.  

Comment by barefootie on December 7, 2017 at 7:25pm
My son’s class was just recently able to pick their orders Rare
Comment by Smidgee on December 7, 2017 at 6:04pm

Our daughter just graduated A school as an ET. During her schooling she was told that the top 6 in her class would be able to choose their orders. However, things changed and everyone was assigned their orderd. In fact, 2 lower scoring students were given their orders a week or two before the rest of the class. That being said, she told us that another class did have the top students pick their orders. You just never know - it's like Anti M said, "the needs of the Navy." :)


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