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
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Started by MANDY. Last reply by Anti M Aug 16, 2019. 2 Replies 0 Likes
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Here is a link from Great Lakes regarding their Updated Liberty Rules during PIR weekend, effective August, 2022. (Thank you Amy for sharing this with me.) I'll post it in a few different places.
Phoenixmom, to clarify, you said he would make his arrangements…will he. Make those with somebody? Does the navy set up a flight for him and then he pays for it? Or does he have to make his own flight arrangements on his own? He’ll be graduating in 4 days and they said he’ll leave in 5 but he doesn’t know when he’ll get his plane ticket or if he needs to go ahead and do that? Thank you for your help!
Thank you Phoenixmom! This is going not be challenging for my son but I know very good for him.
TXNavymom he will make his arrangements and pay for his flight. they will let them know when they can make those arrangements. he also will get a sponsor to go over everything before he gets to Japan. They are usually in charge of getting from airport to duty station, This may have changed, as so much has. Congrats to your Sailor.
Hi, my son is currently at a school in Great Lakes. He will get a 2 week leave of absence before shipping out to Japan. How will he get home? Does the navy fly them home? He said he was told they give him details the day before he leaves. Does the navy make all their travel arrangements or do they? Thank you!
Thanks so much Phoenixmom & Anti M -- I'm just going with the flow (which is against my nature). :) Was just wondering if their were better airlines for him to make a reservation with? I've heard some have better discounts/advantages than others. Trust me, I've already learned not to plan too much ahead. :) Thank you!
Do NOT try to guess their dates. It never is when you think, and with covid, holiday stand down policies are going to be very last minute. Let your sailor buy their own ticket, you can pitch in later. Let your sailor know, so they can set aside a bit for travel. Yes, that's more expensive, but a lot less than trying to get the flights changed.
Whatever the dates are, get them back one day early. The weather is iffy and even if they were legitimately delayed, they will get a scolding. If they are at fault, they get disciplined.
No, they will not travel in uniform for security purposes. The official threat level is quite high so they must not draw attention to themselves. Don't do stuff like banners in the front yard. Not cool for PerSec. They may bring their dress blues for photos or to wear to church.
Jules usually for christmas they have stand down, they will be told when they can start making arrangements, I wouldnt worry about buying and planning. They will buy their own ticket since they will know when they can leave. If they have duty they can try and switch with someone. When my Son was there in A school they got bussed to the airport and would wait for their flight. I tried to buy and plan but I was told not to as they know their schedule and they are given the time they can leave and no earlier than what is given. That was 4 yrs ago I'm sure things have changed. Mrs. Anti M could respond a bit better.
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.
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.
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