Hi everyone! I might have a kind of silly question. My husband is in basic right now at Great Lakes. He is graduating on Jan 6th! Can't wait to see him again.
Anyway I know he has his A-school for 2 months after that but wanted to know what the likelihood was that he would have shore or sea duty first after he graduates? Reason I ask is my brother is getting married in April and wants to have my husband in the wedding but we do not know where he is going to be at that time.
Any information helps!
This depends on a lot of things, first always the needs of the navy meaning depending on his rate what place the navy can use him best, second what he puts on his wish list for duty stations. Now I will tell you that my 2 sons and grandson all got sea duty out of A School.
There are no guarantees in the military - even if he ends up stationed close to home and is granted leave, there's always the possibility that the leave will get cancelled.
That said - based on your time line - he graduates boot camp on Jan 6th and will leave probably on the 7th for A-school. He might start right away on the 9th or 10th or he might be on hold for a few days or a few weeks waiting for his class to form. That brings him to mid-March for A-school graduation (give or take). He might get orders right away and be able to come home on leave for a couple of weeks or he might be on hold at A-school for a few days or a few weeks before he gets leave.
Once he reports to his first duty station - he's probably going to be out of leave time for a while (having used it all up between A school and that station).
My son's time line (and they all vary). He graduated Jan 15th and flew to Meridian MS early on the 16th. It took a week or so before they classed up. He graduated A-school March 10th but was on hold there until the 22nd. He flew home on leave then and was home until Apr 13th (he did have to spend a couple of days working with the local recruiters while he was home). He then flew to his first duty station which for him was shore duty in Okinawa, Japan. At that point he was in the hole a few days leave-wise - he's since repaid it and built up more leave. We don't anticipate him coming home again until May 2018 (he's in Okinawa until April 2019-ish).
So all in all - he might make the wedding if it's early in April but I wouldn't count on it. Make a back-up plan in case he can't.
Most of the ratings taught at Great Lakes are sea-going rates, and begin their sea-shore rotation with sea duty. While the ship may or may not be at sea, he will be a brand new junior sailor, and they rarely get to take leave right away. He will need to do his quals and such before any leave might be approved.
I would not count on his ability to attend. Perhaps a skype appearance could be arranged? I would 100% not expect him to play a part in the wedding ceremony itself.
He is only at Great Lakes for basic. He will be in Pensacola, Florida for his school. He is an Aviation Mechanic if that makes any difference.
Same advice applies, although he may be going to a squadron or airwing instead of being assigned directly to a ship. They deploy also, so no way to know where or when he will be available at that time. He can request leave when he gets to his first duty station, but as the new guy, he will be expected to meet his qualifications before being granted a privilege. He might luck out, but honestly, do not give him a key role in the wedding.
Also, there are often delays at every A school, holds waiting to class up. He may not even have graduated by April, timeline or no. Schools do not grant leave except for the holiday stand down, but sometimes they do approve an out of bounds chit for a long weekend for those doing very well. Once he gets to P-cola, he will have a better grasp on how long he will actually be there. and you can make more concrete plans.
My son was in A School at Great Lakes. When they graduated, they were deployed based on how they ranked in the class, with top grads getting first shot at C School. From what he said, hanging around Great Lakes after and waiting was awful. They are doing nothing other than standing guart and cleaning. They suggested if you had any leave time to take it then.
My son did get his leave then headed directly from home to C School.
With that said, the Navy is always changing policy and this was about 4 years ago so things may be very different now.