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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 - America's Navy and 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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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: 2290
Latest Activity: 6 hours ago

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 Phoenixmom on August 21, 2019 at 3:50pm

I knew you would have the answer Mrs. Anti M. thanks for all you do!

Comment by Anti M on August 21, 2019 at 3:33pm

Here is the correct link.  That  is not a very good version though.

Here is the link from the TSC FB page, much more detail, although it has not really been updated, it is fairly accurate:

Essentially, in phase one they cannot even drive, in the other phases, they have to park their cars off base.  

"(g) Use of privately owned or rental vehicles is authorized off-base when student is in leave or liberty status. Sailors must complete "Driving for Life" course prior to receiving this privilege. Sailors must provide a valid training certificate with Phase II liberty request. No on-base diriving privileges are authorized for students assigned to TSC-GL, except Fleet Returnees and students with dependents in Great Lakes. Special request chits are required for students who meet this critieria."

Comment by Phoenixmom on August 21, 2019 at 2:31pm
Navy Class A School Student Policies and Restrictions

Comment by Phoenixmom on August 21, 2019 at 2:28pm

Sushicat242000 your Son will Love GL A school. I know my Son did.

Comment by Phoenixmom on August 21, 2019 at 2:27pm

I believe they are not allowed to have a car, they may have to keep it off base. There are Phases and I see nothing with having a car.

Comment by Sushicat242000 on August 21, 2019 at 2:16pm

Can Sailors have a car during A school?

Comment by Ann on July 7, 2019 at 11:09am

Thank you !

Comment by Anti M on July 6, 2019 at 5:55pm

The clinic is not open, but there is an ER in the base/VA hospital.  If your sailor is sick on liberty, they can go there.  Or call Tricare nurse line, they can tell them where the nearest urgent care is if it is not an emergency.

Comment by Ann on July 6, 2019 at 5:26pm

It is 1620 Saturday July 6 and the is no medical facility open on Great Lakes Navy training?

Comment by Ann on July 6, 2019 at 5:24pm

What is the closest medical facility? 


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