This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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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: 2332
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

Discussion Forum

What happens after ASchool?

Started by SailorMom18. Last reply by Phoenixmom Feb 13, 2019. 1 Reply

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by SuBHuni34 Nov 29, 2018. 9 Replies

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Comment by Anti M on September 5, 2023 at 10:10am

Each school has a separate mailing address, and there are several at Great Lakes. Try looking it up by his rating/job.

Comment by Navydaughternavymom on September 5, 2023 at 7:37am

Any insight into finding the mailing address?  Long story short, our sailor started A school today but we need to mail him something and he doesn’t have a mailing address to give us yet. Should we just wait until he gets one from someone or is there a way for me to find one?

we’re mailing him something very important, time is of the essence.  Thank you!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on September 2, 2022 at 11:09am

Here is a link from Great Lakes regarding their Updated Liberty Rules during PIR weekend, effective August, 2022. (Thank you Amy for sharing this with me.)  I'll post it in a few different places.

Updated Liberty Rules for GL - August 2022

Comment by TXnavymom on July 23, 2022 at 8:42pm

Phoenixmom, to clarify, you said he would make his arrangements…will he. Make those with somebody?  Does the navy set up a flight for him and then he pays for it?  Or does he have to make his own flight arrangements on his own?  He’ll be graduating in 4 days and they said he’ll leave in 5 but he doesn’t know when he’ll get his plane ticket or if he needs to go ahead and do that?  Thank you for your help!

Comment by TXnavymom on July 14, 2022 at 12:10am

Thank you Phoenixmom!  This is going not be challenging for my son but I know very good for him.  

Comment by Phoenixmom on July 12, 2022 at 10:28am

TXNavymom he will make his arrangements and pay for his flight. they will let them know when they can make those arrangements. he also will get a sponsor to go over everything before he gets to Japan. They are usually in charge of getting from airport to duty station, This may have changed, as so much has. Congrats to your Sailor.

Comment by TXnavymom on July 12, 2022 at 12:35am

Hi, my son is currently at a school in Great Lakes.  He will get a 2 week leave of absence before shipping out to Japan.  How will he get home?  Does the navy fly them home?  He said he was told they give him details the day before he leaves.  Does the navy make all their travel arrangements or do they?  Thank you!

Comment by Jules on October 23, 2021 at 11:40am

Thanks so much Phoenixmom & Anti M -- I'm just going with the flow (which is against my nature). :) Was just wondering if their were better airlines for him to make a reservation with? I've heard some have better discounts/advantages than others. Trust me, I've already learned not to plan too much ahead. :) Thank you!

Comment by Anti M on October 21, 2021 at 2:54pm

 Do NOT try to guess their dates.  It never is when you think, and with covid, holiday stand down policies are going to be very last minute.  Let your sailor buy their own ticket, you can pitch in later.  Let your sailor know, so they can set aside a bit for travel. Yes, that's more expensive, but a lot less than trying to get the flights changed.

Whatever the dates are, get them back one day early.  The weather is iffy and even if they were legitimately delayed, they will get a scolding.  If they are at fault, they get disciplined.

No, they will not travel in uniform for security purposes.  The official threat level is quite high so they must not draw attention to themselves.  Don't do stuff like banners in the front yard.  Not cool for PerSec.  They may bring their dress blues for photos or to wear to church.

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 21, 2021 at 1:43pm

Jules usually for christmas they have stand down, they will be told when  they can start making arrangements, I wouldnt worry about buying and planning. They will buy their own ticket since they will know when they can leave. If they have duty they can try and switch with someone. When my Son was there in A school they got bussed to the airport and would wait for their flight. I tried to buy and plan but I was told not to as they know their schedule and they are given the time they can leave and no earlier than what is given. That was 4 yrs ago I'm sure things have changed. Mrs. Anti M could respond a bit better.


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