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 full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy 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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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.



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: 2331
Latest Activity: Sep 5

Discussion Forum

What happens after ASchool?

Started by SailorMom18. Last reply by Phoenixmom Feb 13, 2019. 1 Reply

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by SuBHuni34 Nov 29, 2018. 9 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Jules on October 21, 2021 at 12:58pm

Hi Mom's! 

Wondering if anyone has tips about Sailors getting leave/liberty at Christmas. I'm looking for info/suggestions about them making travel plans. Any particular airline? Should he wear his uniform while traveling?

Thanks in advance for any helpful hints. 

Comment by Katharine on February 27, 2021 at 6:26pm

Hi Cali's mama ... I am a GL mom too. My son graduated BC in October, and he will be at GL until at least Thanksgiving (depending on holds).  There is not much activity on this board. One place I found helpful is:

It is a moderated Great Lakes Aschool board so there is no sniping. There is a ton of information there. The guy who runs it, Tommy, knows so much. There is a whole tutorial with different "chapters" about everything you need to know about GL. And there are always helpful people there willing to share their experiences.

Comment by Cali's mama on February 27, 2021 at 3:23pm
I think I'm in the right daughter just grad bootcamp..2/25/21 ship 7 in 136 and is in a school in great lakes..we have had family in service but not close enough to b familiar with the whole process so I'm looking for another mom to come t withbhopfully at the same stage or in same group..feel free to reach out to me.(amanda) ..daughter cali
Comment by NewMilmom on October 23, 2020 at 3:51pm

-Correnza- My son left for quarantine about same time as yours. Once they have their 2 weeks there & all clear they will proceed to RTC for boot camp. Join the Boot Camp group on here too. A lot of information & support from the wonderful ladies.  I know it has been invaluable for me to be a newer member of that group as so many unknowns. Blessings!

Comment by Correnza on October 14, 2020 at 4:46pm
My son went to bootcamp sep.27th I know 2 weeks is quarantine but how di I find out anything .
Comment by ellen0502 on March 9, 2020 at 7:37pm

Some students are allowed personal vehicles at A School. It all depends on the length of their school. Since parking is limited on base, they may have to park off base and pay a monthly fee.

Comment by HoneyLemonTea on February 9, 2020 at 6:04pm

mk959801 - My daughter said they have to put in a vehicle chit. Not sure what prerequisites there are before you can apply for a vehicle chit. We discussed that it would cost her a lot to ship her vehicle from WA To only move it again in less than a year and should likely wait until she reaches her duty station.

Comment by Anti M on February 8, 2020 at 9:44pm

Students cannot have personal vehicles on base.

Comment by mk959801 on February 8, 2020 at 5:17pm

My son will be heading to GL for A school. Does anyone know if they’re allowed to have personal cars?

Comment by Anti M on January 5, 2020 at 10:45am

No appliances allowed, but you'd be amazed at how crafty sailors can be.  


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