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My son passed Battle Statons today.   I have no idea what to expect next.  Will he be allowed any personal items while at A-school? Any info anyone can me would be great.  Thanks Everyone

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Well first off YEAH..... A school is much different than BC yes he can have phone, computer, clothes, food Hahaha but don't let him load up on too many personal items because he'll have to pack it up and move it when he's through A school.... AND a big thing is some of the guys get too relaxed with all the extras and they don't spend as much time with there studies as the should, and they need to study a lot while in A school. He won't need a lot but any extras will be a treat.....
It's been a little while since I graduated Corps School [Corpsmens A-school], is it still in Great Lakes? I know they're planning on moving it to Texas eventually and giving that area up to the Army. We end up calling it Great Mistakes. Has he told you whether or not he's a "grad-n-go" or not? If he is, no worries, he'll still get a full weekend with you. I know the recruits/new sailors aren't always sure about that. I was terrified. :] A school is A LOT more relaxed than boot. Like ruthella said, he'll have all that stuff. But make sure he studies. That score will mean a lot when it comes time to PICK orders [yes, "pick". They had us pick from orders that were available.] and whether or not he can get into a C-school-- which not only looks awesome on future evals but can get you into real jobs outside the Navy sometimes. It's important to get out and have fun. Make sure he gets down to Chicago sometime, but stays out of trouble. There's also an awesome place two train stops down called Lake Forest. There's a restaurant in there called The Lantern. I went there at least once a week! I LOVE that place. The monster wings are the best, along with the sweet potatoe fries and cornbeef sandwich. Yum! How I miss it... just not GL. Ick.

But yeah. If he has a laptop, bring him that along with his phone, probably some of his old civilian cloths, etc. So long as your staying for a bit. Otherwise, be prepared to ship it out immediately. I had a box packed before I ever left for boot and my mother NEVER SHIPPED IT OUT. AAAAAAH! I was going nuts.

Anyway. If you or your son have any more questions feel free to message me or have him email me at: I work nights so I won't be on during the day.

Hope that helps.

My son will be following in your son's footsteps. He will be graduating bc 13 AUG. Any advice you can provide would be appreciated.
just be supportive. He willbe able to call alot at first then the phone call come alot less due to the studying. They seem to cover 3 or 4 subjects a week, with a test on them every week. Advise him to take every studying group he can get into too, it will help. Also keep hs room in tip top shape. Be ready for the first list of stuff he wants you to send him. The first box I mailed my son was 19 pounds...LOL. I hope this helps. I ramble on sometimes and I hope it makes sense. I wish the best for your son!!!! If you would like you ar more then welcome to send -mails. I'm not on this sit much so if you would like you can send them to
Takee care hope to here from ya again.
Thx Roni for the advice and email address. Your advice made perfect sense!


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