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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.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

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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

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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: 2292
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

What happens after ASchool?

Started by SailorMom18. Last reply by Phoenixmom Feb 13. 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 4, 2019 at 3:58pm

Some of the barracks allow their stuff to be out if they have a chit, some do not.  Because so many of them go to ships when they get orders, there are usually good deals on TVs from sailors heading out.  

Guidelines?  As long as they are keeping their GPA up and making musters and room inspections, then they are adults and must make good decisions.  A school is where they are given just enough freedom to screw it up, so that poor behavior and regrettable decision making can be corrected before they hit the fleet.  

Comment by Sushicat242000 on August 28, 2019 at 10:22am

I spoke with my son last night and they have 4 guys per room. They have to put away electronics during the day so they put them in their closets. My son said he was going to pick up his computer monitor when he comes home for liberty next time so they can have an extra screen. He picked up a "switch" console and another sailor has a ps4. Im guessing they can cram alot of stuff into an area when they are motivated :)

Comment by Donna816 on August 28, 2019 at 9:39am

So did you bring a TV, xbox up for PIR Weekend or ship it later?  What size TV fits in a room with 4 guys?  I think my son's TV is a 40".

Comment by Phoenixmom on August 27, 2019 at 6:27pm

Hi Ladies in their Barracks its 4 guys to a room, at least it was back in 2017. each has a desk underneath. They do have Phases that they go thru. But my son also bought an x box and tv and some games  but had to get permission to be able to leave out. When they reach the phases they also will be able to go off base but will need 2 buddies to go. They have to go in 3's. A school is so relaxed.

Comment by Jez on August 27, 2019 at 4:17pm

My son said it very relaxed compared to boot camp and more like a dorm room environment. That being said he has never been to college so I don’t know what his idea of college dorms is. But they do have a lot of freedom. My son’s very first weekend as an adult all on his own he went and got a tattoo, those are allowed too...

Comment by Jez on August 27, 2019 at 4:13pm

Lol ya I don’t know how much studying gets done when they have toys! My son learned his first week and immediately went and bought a game device from the nex. 

Comment by Donna816 on August 27, 2019 at 4:08pm

Really? TV's and game consoles?  How will he ever get any studying done? When do they get the guidelines so they know what is allowed?

Comment by Jez on August 27, 2019 at 3:37pm

Laptops are allowed, so is gaming consoles and TVs! It is not as restrictive as boot camp. 

Comment by Donna816 on August 27, 2019 at 2:52pm

Awesome...we are hoping to surprise our recruit with a new laptop.

Comment by Sushicat242000 on August 27, 2019 at 1:08pm

We dropped my Son off Sunday afternoon when his liberty was nearly done for the weekend. He was nervous but excited for A school to start. Several more seasoned sailors stopped him gave him advice about things he was doing incorrectly. Your a sailor now not a recruit a couple of them said in a very caring way. It was so nice to know they are looking out for each other.

 

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