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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 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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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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: 2319
Latest Activity: Jan 18

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

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Comment by ellen0502 on November 8, 2019 at 2:46pm

HoneyLemonTea, You are correct on your dates. All Sailors will have to return that weekend as regular schedule begins on the 6th.

Comment by HoneyLemonTea on November 8, 2019 at 1:00am

MassX this year, according to my sailor, is December 20 through January 4th and that is what she bought her ticket for. 

Comment by Sandy on November 7, 2019 at 9:36pm

ellen0502 - thanks for that info! I did try to join the group for PIR Dec. 6. I have a message on my screen saying I haven't been approved yet. I'm thrilled to know he may be able to come home for the holiday!!! So great to have this opportunity to communicate with folks in the know :>

Comment by ellen0502 on November 7, 2019 at 5:32pm

Sandy, There is a mass exodus (MassX) from base during the holidays. The TSC base, and many others, go on holiday stand down, leaving just enough personnel at the base to keep it open. There is no school, etc during stand down. Stand down at GL this year is December 20th through January 6th, if I remember correctly.

I don't see that you have joined the PIR group for your recruits graduation, so I can't give you any details on how it will or may be handle for your recruit since I don't know when he graduates. 

At some point he will be given the opportunity to put in a chit for leave during stand down. When and if he is granted leave, and for how long depends on scheduling. My guess is he will be given the opportunity to come home for the holidays, as most of them are.

Comment by Sandy on November 7, 2019 at 10:50am

HoneyLemonTea, what is the MassX you referred to? Home for the holidays would be a welcome surprise, but since he starts A school in Dec, it seems unlikely. If you can tell me where you got this info, I'd be grateful.

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.



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