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

FIRST TIME HERE?

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET STARTED:

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy. Navy.com

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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: 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 ellen0502 on October 9, 2019 at 12:47pm

bluedragonfly, Rating is the job, so you gave it to me. :) Dive Prep school in GL is seven weeks. The amount of time he may be there might be longer. It is going to depend on if he has to wait for others before starting this class. I don't know of a second phase before heading to Florida, but there may be.

Comment by HoneyLemonTea on October 6, 2019 at 8:08pm

From what I understand MassX means our sailors may get two weeks off the Holidays

Comment by bluedragonfly on October 4, 2019 at 11:58pm

ellen0502, My sailor is in Dive Prep I believe.  His job assignment is Navy Diver, once he passes all training.  I don't know his rating score off hand.  BDF

Comment by ellen0502 on October 4, 2019 at 5:08pm

bluedragonfly, What is your Sailors rating, or what is he going to school for? Since there are many A Schools in GL, and they widely differ on length, etc, we would need to know that first before we can give you an approx. time frame

Comment by bluedragonfly on October 4, 2019 at 3:25pm

Happy Friday!!

Does anyone know how many weeks this next training set is?  On graduation day we heard three weeks, six weeks, and eight weeks.  I am sure it depends on which training group our Sailor is in.  We know the next few weeks are very intense for our Sailor, and we are not reaching out to him, until he reaches out to us first.  It sounds like there are two phases, before he goes for six months of training.  If anyone know where I can locate more information on this, let me know.  Thank you.

BDF

Comment by HoneyLemonTea on October 2, 2019 at 11:49pm

We brought my daughter’s down comforter from home when she called to check in the first day of PIR weekend she asked if it was allowed and they said yes.

Comment by Anti M on October 2, 2019 at 10:43am

Each barracks may have rules about personal bedding, so make sure your sailor can tell you exactly what is allowed before buying anything.  I had to use navy sheets some places, but usually had my own pillow.  I bought single sheets in C school, percale because they're no iron.  I am still using the pillowcases over 30 years later!!!!

Comment by ednurseangel on October 2, 2019 at 9:37am

My son did pick up sheets, comforter, and a pillow.  

Comment by Donna816 on October 2, 2019 at 9:29am

Bluedragonfly...did you buy anything for your sailor for A School?  I have seen that some ask for sheets, towels...etc.  Did you pick up any of that PIR weekend?

Comment by bluedragonfly on October 1, 2019 at 3:45pm

Happy day! My son has now started A School.  This is my first post.  I just wanted to thank all the other family members in boot camp group, and now the family members on A School group for all the help and support.  I am sure the next few weeks will be extra stressful, exciting and fun for all our Sailor at the Great Lakes locations.   Thank you to Anti M for the answer on the Sailors address info.  So nice to to get second opinion.  My son told me not to worry about the address, and once he receives the details, he would contact us.

Have a great week!  

Remember our Sailor are doing what they love.  We all are truly blessed!! 

Thank you, bluedragonfly 

 

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