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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.

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 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."

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

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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: 2307
Latest Activity: Dec 3

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 November 15, 2019 at 3:59pm

If he is on hold, it means he is waiting for a class to begin.  If it is in January, then he will not be at his duty station, it doesn't work that way. That simply sounds like he was given a projected date as if the training had no hold time; he must finish school before he can transfer.  If he is in student status in Great Lakes, whether on hold or in school, he gets to take leave at Christmas.  However, that means no leave en route to his new command after the holidays.  

Holiday leave in the fleet is not guaranteed.  He should take it if he has the opportunity.  If he does not go on hold, and graduates before the mass exodus, he can take leave on the way (en route).  You'll need to have Christmas early in that case.  

Comment by Jarj on November 15, 2019 at 12:54pm

Sorry if I probably repeated same question as skywatcherchicago and astc.

Anyway, by December 20-January 6 my SR will already be in his duty station (if he's not held back). Will he be able to request off for holidays? at least Christmas?

Comment by Jarj on November 15, 2019 at 12:49pm

my SR just started A school at GL on Tuesday. This week was just plain orientation he said. 

Yesterday, he learned (from other SRs) that they will be on hold until January due to the available class. I don't exactly know what he meant.

He's is saying that there will be a mass leave for the holidays and that most instructors will be on leave too that is why they will be on hold until January. 

His school is only for 3 weeks. 

he has orders already before the mentioned date of this year's stand down.

just in case he is on hold, will he be able to take leave as well?

Comment by Anti M on November 11, 2019 at 11:01pm

No one on the RTC side can tell them for sure what TSC side will be doing for the holidays other than there is a stand down.  Once they get to TSC, they will be filled in.  Yes, they need to fill out a chit to take leave.  That's thousands of students, so they make them do it all about the same time, en masse. 
The tickets will be expensive, because you simply cannot guess the dates.  I won't even give a best guess anymore, as I have been weirdly incorrect, and I am good at it most of the time.  Never book a morning flight, they have to all be checked out and take the shuttle (they pay for) to the airport.  Noon at the earliest is safe.  And have them return with plenty of time to spare.  Weather in Great Lakes is iffy, just look at the mess today.  They can call in if the flights are cancelled, but you do not want to deal with that.

Comment by skywatcherchicago on November 11, 2019 at 9:35pm

Sandy - our son said that they are now on a completely different side of the Base and are not allowed to go back to RTC area. I am sure that their new commanders will be able to answer any questions.

Comment by skywatcherchicago on November 11, 2019 at 9:30pm

astc - our son is an FC. I asked him to double-triple confirm about Christmas time off as well as zero time at TG. He said he'll find out all about it this week back at GL. Either way, I think he still has to submit formal request for time-off. Best wishes for you & your sailor -

Comment by Sandy on November 11, 2019 at 6:53pm

skywatcherchicago - thanks for sharing that. I didn't realize he wouldn't start class until after the holidays. I'm not sure he knows he will be able to come home for Christmas, so I'll mention it to him as a "maybe", and encourage him to get details as soon as he is able. Will anyone at RTC be able to answer those questions, or will he have to wait until he actually moves over?

Comment by Tracey on November 11, 2019 at 5:34am

ellen0502- All he told me was that he graduates Dec. 10th from A School and comes home later that day, and he will be on the USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60) and has to be in San Diego on Dec. 26th. Other than that, that’s all I know at this point. 

Comment by ellen0502 on November 11, 2019 at 2:06am

Tracey,

The Navy pays for a Sailors flight to a new duty station. If your Sailor is coming home between school and his new he pays the difference in amount to and from home. That is the basic.

For your son there are a lot of what's and why's and when's on your Sailors actual travel. He is also still considered a student until he actually reports to his Ultimate Command. How all of his travel is handled is going to depend on his orders, and when he has to report to San Diego. He will need to make all of his travel arrangements after A School through the CPC even those coming home after A School.

Comment by Tracey on November 10, 2019 at 9:07pm

Question......my son is supposed to graduate A School Dec. 10 and also come home later that day for the holidays. I know he’s supposed to pay for his own plane ticket home which will be one way, but when he’s supposed to leave later in the month, he is to report to San Diego. Does he also pay for that ticket, or does the Navy because he’s going to his duty station? Thanks for any info! 

 

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