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 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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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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GL A School Moms


GL A School Moms

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

Members: 493
Latest Activity: Sep 2, 2022

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 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?

Comment by Sailor Mom NG on November 7, 2018 at 12:28pm

Thank you so much for the add on this page.

Comment by Stbl on October 28, 2018 at 7:44pm

Smoothsailing and blackbirdmom, thank you!  That is very helpful. I’m way excited for my daughters future, but the reality of our relationship changing, especially due to her devoting her life to the Navy, is definitely difficult. I support her 100%. I don’t know what I would do with out my Navy family :). 

Comment by Smoothsailing on October 28, 2018 at 10:01am

i'm gathering info on wifi at GL. allison told me about xfinity. any other comments on how to get wifi ?  my son will only be there a month or so then moving on to FL. is a verizon hotspot going to work on a mac air?

Comment by blackbirdmom on October 28, 2018 at 10:01am

I can sort of echo Smoothsailing's advice. Our sailor is our son-in-law. And my daughter and his mother lamented that his communication was not what they thought it would be the first couple weeks out of boot camp, even though he had his phone back. It gradually increased over time. He said later that during that first couple of weeks they were adjusting to a different schedule, and making up for lost sleep if they could. :-) 

Comment by Smoothsailing on October 28, 2018 at 9:55am

i'm not seasoned per se but i did go through boot camp myself albeit many years ago however i remember it like yesterday.

she is adjusting. she has a lot to mentally process. just "be there" for her when she is ready to talk/text  i'm sure it melted your heart a bit but be patient. i'm sure that sounds like idle advise but if you wait and give her a little time things will reset themselves. 

Comment by Stbl on October 26, 2018 at 9:53pm

My daughter just graduated last week. My question to those seasoned moms is:  did you have much contact with your sailor?  I feel like my sailor is very brief and that there is a major emotional distance. She didn’t talk about a whole lot while on liberty either so my imagination is running wild. Thanks for any help!!

Comment by ellen0502 on August 27, 2018 at 9:58pm

Join the Great Lakes A School Q & A (clickable link). It is an active group.


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