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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.

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.

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AECF - FCs and ETs

For families that have a loved one serving the Navy as an FC or an ET. This is the place to share and learn more about their jobs and schools. For subs - look for the SECF group.

Members: 832
Latest Activity: on Wednesday

Discussion Forum

Current A school at GL for AECF?

Started by BessLynn423 on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Anyone graduating A school on 10/26/18

Started by Dena4. Last reply by Anti M Oct 9, 2018. 2 Replies

Orders

Started by Ramon.. Last reply by Dena4 Sep 16, 2018. 2 Replies

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Comment by Allison on July 26, 2019 at 11:02pm

AntiM, I’m sure my husband would’ve hated two duty days in a row, but I would’ve much preferred it haha. It was a real drag only having one full weekend to go out and explore with my husband. Definitely prepared me for his first duty station though with the 12 hour shifts and the (x) days on, (x) days off rotations. 

Comment by Tonya on July 25, 2019 at 11:18pm
Brittney, BC is the hardest part for sure, it will get easier now that he has a phone. Video chatting makes a huge difference. Don't get me wrong talking on the phone is great but being able to video chat is so much better. Rest assure he will get to know a wonderful group of people and when he is able to get liberty and you will be able to see him and also he will be able to go on liberty with a liberty buddy. They can take the train into Chicago and do some really fun things. Chicago has a lot to do for Military either free or at a discounted rate.
Comment by Brittney on July 25, 2019 at 7:41pm

TRenee - Thank you for that info, I believe my Son said he was FC but I'm definitely going to keep those expectations in mind, when he originally enlisted, his recruiter stated he would be in A school for 2 years, it's been pretty tough just dealing with BC ugh! But at least communications will be better 

Comment by TRenee on July 25, 2019 at 12:07pm

Brittney-my son's PIR was 8-10-18 and he was also AECF (ET).  He was in Great Lakes for a long time with ATT school, then A school but just left July 4th for Norfolk, VA for C school.  For a Texas boy...he was not prepared for the cold winter and was ready to leave North Chicago.  We didn't see our sailor again after PIR until he came home for Christmas.  I wanted to visit during Thanksgiving, but with his work schedule it didn't work out.  I did go up and visit in April (long road trip for this mom) and I had a great 2 days with him.  We also went as a family to see him graduate A school on June 21, and that was such a neat experience.  I hope he enjoys his time in Great Lakes! I think everyone says this....but be ready to wait!

I want to also share this...my son got sent back during ATT school.  Each week they have to pass a test to move on to the next week.  His ATT was 10 weeks long, and he passed every single week.  Then when he took the final, he failed with a 70 (75 is passing).  He went to academic review board and they sent him back to week 5.  He was very discouraged, but held on and ended up making the highest grade in his class for the final.  It's hard, and so much information, but they can do it!  

Comment by Anti M on July 25, 2019 at 8:04am

Allison, back when I was in A school at Glakes, we had "duty weekends" .  Two whole duty days, sometimes three, so only one of our weekends was screwed up for the month.  We had four duty sections, and somehow I worked my way up into being the section leader (platoon back then).  No standing watch, but I was head babysitter.  Yikes, I have stories.

Comment by Anti M on July 25, 2019 at 8:01am

Welcome.

The thing about A school is that whatever seat time is given, the actual time spent in Great Lakes will be longer.  There will be ATT before A school, and then a wait to class up.  Sometimes there is even a wait for orders after A school.  Stay flexible, and patient. 

Allison is correct, wait a few weeks before planning a visit.  They must wear only their uniform in phase one, and if you wait, they can go off base in their own civilian clothes in phase two.  Phase three means they can stay out overnight on weekends.  They learn all this during indoc.

Also, if they are there for Christmas, they get to take leave for the holiday stand down.

Comment by Brittney on July 22, 2019 at 6:38pm

Hello Beautiful Momma's! My recruit's PIR is 08/09 and he will be A school bound in AECF so I figured I would join in the fun :-)

Comment by DawnJosh on July 19, 2019 at 1:48pm
Thank you Allison!
Comment by Allison on July 19, 2019 at 1:14pm

Hi DawnJosh,

You Can visit any time during his A School, but I would caution you to wait to plan trips until after he arrives and learns his duty schedule and class schedule. As his parents, you are qualified “liberty buddies,” and he will just need to escort you onto base, and you will sign him out from his barracks, so you do not have to plan on having other sailors accompany you, but it is always a nice gesture to offer for friends to come along :) 

He will get some weekends off, usually 1 per month. The other weekends he will have either Saturday or Sunday as part of his duty day, and so he will have to stay in uniform and on base, even when he’s not actively on watch. This will all make more sense later, or if you like, I can write more about it after I get off work! 

Welcome, and best of luck to your new recruit/future sailor! 

Comment by DawnJosh on July 19, 2019 at 11:21am
My son just left for bootcamp yesterday. He chose AEF. All we know right now is that his A school will be in Chicago for 32 weeks.
How does visitation work and Will he get weekends off?
 

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