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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: 2233
Latest Activity: 10 hours ago

Discussion Forum

Leave after A school

Started by Carey. Last reply by Dena4 Oct 6. 16 Replies

Care packages

Started by stepho. Last reply by Phoenixmom Sep 11. 3 Replies

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Comment by Anti M on December 12, 2017 at 1:29pm

MIssingyou, sometimes the new sailors get so involved with getting on with their new lives, they are forgetful when it comes to the loves ones at home.  They just assume the love is there, and don't understand the need to nourish the feelings of family.

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 12, 2017 at 1:14pm

Missingyou I'm sorry, I hope and Pray you get to see him I cant imagine him not wanting to see or talk to you. You know my Son's friend is in Virginia and he keeps telling my son to come visit that it is beautiful there. I'm sure he will do Great things with himself, I wish him the best in his Journey. And thank You! Wishing you a Happy Holidays!

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 12, 2017 at 1:06pm

That is Great! You are an Amazing person Butterball, Kudos to you.

Comment by Missingyou on December 12, 2017 at 1:05pm
I’ve been reading all of you guys post the past few days. And everyone seems so excited about their sailors coming home. I haven’t talked to my son since graduation and I don’t really know what’s going on. He’s dad says he will be home for Christmas so hopefully I’ll get to see him before he leaves. I know he’s going to Virginia and he’ll be there for a while. My daughter lives about 3 hours from the base they are close so I know she’ll keep an eye out for him. I just want to give him a hug and tell him I’m so proud of him and I love him. I did my part and now he’s all grown I just wish him the best in all he does and I want him to know I’ll always be a letter away a text away and a phone call away if He needs me. Anyway I hope you moms enjoy your time with your guys.
Comment by Butterball on December 12, 2017 at 1:00pm

Phoenixmom, I joined a penpal group for people needing encouragement for whatever reason. I was given her snail mail, and I sent her the first note last week. She responded yesterday, I can't wait to meet her. We found each other on Facebook last evening, now I can't wait to meet her.

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 12, 2017 at 12:47pm

LOL! Yea I figured I better just go and do it, my husband wasn't feeling it to much though, he was just there to see how much of his money I was spending LOL! but actually it was both of our money. Re doing my son's room set us back a bit so we had to put it off awhile Christmas shopping that is.

That is so wonderful of you Butterball, do you know this Young Lady or did you just open up your home? I really do appreciate the wonderful People who just give their all to those Sailors whose Families are not near. It was a special relief for me to know that my son was able to share time with a Family he didn't know and have a Home cooked meal for Thanksgiving. He had Great fun. And he even said Grace, he said the family looked amazed when he took it upon himself to do that. So Kudos and much respect! I cant believe it's a week away, My hubby is getting a little ancy now. which is hilarious.

Comment by Butterball on December 12, 2017 at 12:34pm

Wow Phoenixmom, you are way ahead of me. I am planning to start baking goodies this weekend with the girls. BTW, I have a Sailor that will be staying with us for the Christmas Holiday. She is at a different school than my son, planning a road trip to go get her. Think I better kick it in high gear. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 12, 2017 at 12:26pm

Well I appreciate your knowledge and info. I will ask tonight. I know he said that they were told any flights before 3pm is pushing it so he had to get a later flight. thank you ladies!

Comment by Allison on December 12, 2017 at 12:01pm

Phoenixmom yes, and there's even a way for you to know too. Ask him how many duty sections he has, then take his last duty day and repeat it every number of days according to the number of duty sections (usually 4). I did this in my phone, so I didn't have to keep counting, I just set an event as recurring every 4 days on my calendar. It will change if he moves or the ship loses a bunch of sailors to a graduation and not a lot have come in to replace them, but they try to always have 4 duty sections if they can manage. If they duty swap, it will only change that one day because they're swapping the day, not the section. So if they swap Saturday to get it off, they'll have to cover the day of whoever they switched with, let's say it was Friday, but they'll still have duty again on Wednesday, not Tuesday, because the whole section is rotating every four days, not him individually. 

For leave, he should be fine because it's an excused absence, so he's already taken off the rotation and they don't expect him to be there. The only hold up would be if he had duty the day before, so he couldn't leave until after turnover, which most students are advised not to leave until afternoon anyway, so it should be fine since turnover is usually at like 6 I think for day students and 12 for night students. 

I think Anti M has a blog on liberty, maybe she can drop some links later. 

Comment by Donnac on December 12, 2017 at 12:01pm

Thank you ladies!!  This was his first time putting in a chit for overnight liberty.  I think he knew he had duty, but thought the approved liberty took care of it and didn't know he had to switch with someone.  Lessons learned!!!  Have a good day!!


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