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 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: 2300
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 Sushicat242000 on October 1, 2019 at 3:39pm

On the Ship my son is on by the yeomans office there is the addressing information for the ship. He can take a pic of it and txt it to you

Comment by NorthMomof8 on October 1, 2019 at 11:51am

Is there a way to send NEX gift cards?

Comment by Anti M on October 1, 2019 at 11:23am

He will need to give you the address, as it doesn't go by street address or building number, but by school command.

Comment by CATdancer36 on October 1, 2019 at 10:45am

My son just started “A” school after graduating from Boot Camp this past weekend.  I know what building he will be living in, but don’t know how to address mail to him.    Anybody know how to address their mail?  

Comment by HoneyLemonTea on September 30, 2019 at 11:30pm

Thank you Anti M

Comment by Anti M on September 30, 2019 at 10:45am

Is this inside her barracks?  The buildings themselves block signals the way they're built.  

Comment by HoneyLemonTea on September 30, 2019 at 9:12am

Does anyone know what cell service works best? My daughter says she only get 2 bars. Thanks and have a wonderful week.

Comment by Jez on September 19, 2019 at 2:35pm
Thank you very much Anti M, very good info! Again I can’t thank everyone on this site enough for helping me through my child’s journey so far!
Comment by Phoenixmom on September 19, 2019 at 2:26pm

Thank You Mrs. Anti M.

Comment by Anti M on September 19, 2019 at 2:20pm

While the ship is in their homeport, coverage may be spotty, and there will be areas where he won't be allowed to use his phone. Otherwise, expect more communication than at A school, but less than a civilian would have.

When the ship is deployed, cell phones will not work; no towers at sea.   No texting.  They will have a .mil email address, and can use shared computers.  The shared computers may have long lines and limited use. Another tip is to send plain text emails if you can. Now and then the ones who work in an office have better access.  At times, they can buy time on a satellite phone, but that's expensive and there may be lines.  

When deployed, and visiting a liberty port, expect some wifi based communication.  An app to place calls via wifi is the best bet.  

And yes, sometimes they go River City.  That is restricted communications, when all is shut off for security reasons.  Sometimes they need to run silent, and signals can be picked up and traced.  Unannounced, and doesn't mean an emergency, just something we aren't going to be told about in the moment.  


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