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 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 - America's Navy and 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. 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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



GL A School Moms


GL A School Moms

for those with sailors in A school in Great Lakes, IL.

Members: 495
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

Discussion Forum

What they can have at A School

Started by Azzurra. Last reply by Dena4 Apr 25, 2018. 2 Replies

Att school

Started by Pooter527. Last reply by sambam32 Sep 4, 2017. 4 Replies

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Comment by Mzjazzy1 9 hours ago

Great!  Did your son state anything regarding liberty after Pir?  Do you know if they will get time away before A school?

Comment by juliejn on February 6, 2020 at 3:53am

Mzjazzy1, my son told us today that he would be staying at Great Lakes for A school. He is graduating on the 6th.

Comment by Mzjazzy1 on January 30, 2020 at 12:17pm

hey everyone!

does anyone have a recruit that is graduating on March 6, 2020 and will be doing A school at Great Lakes?

Comment by Sushicat242000 on November 30, 2019 at 2:20am

We got to host a bunch of really wonderful sailors for Thanksgiving 

Comment by HoneyLemonTea on November 15, 2019 at 10:16pm

Thanks my sailor has not said when they have duty just planned to pick her up Friday but thought I might try to go on base to have lunch or dinner with her.

Comment by chatwithchristi on November 15, 2019 at 1:07am

My son has duty until noon on Thanksgiving as well. We're taking him to dinner that evening. I looked on Open Table for available restaurants in the area and made reservations.

Comment by HoneyLemonTea on November 13, 2019 at 8:03pm

Hoping to visit my sailor for Thanksgiving any ideas for lunch/dinner to go my sailor has duty on thanksgiving?

Comment by Sushicat242000 on September 5, 2019 at 9:50pm

I think he said a year with classes. My sons PIR was 8/23 and he hasnt started classes yet either. The whole thing is confusing to me. 

Comment by Jez on September 5, 2019 at 9:43pm

Class will be a year or he will be there a year with wait/hold time and class? My son is also going for GM and is still waiting for class to start. At his PIR 8/16 he was told class lasted 12 weeks but he had to wait until a class started. He is also going for different training than he originally planned on. 

Comment by Sushicat242000 on September 5, 2019 at 9:03pm

My son is at GL for A school and will be a GM. He is confused how long school PIR he was told 66 days and now he is hearing possibly a year. Can anyone give me a little more info on how this works?


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