Group for Moms of Gunners Mates in A School or on Duty
Latest Activity: Feb 14, 2020
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Thanks for accepting my request to join the group. My Sailors PIR was 2/7/2020. That was more emotional than I expected. I was sooo proud of all the sailors that day. We got to have him all weekend as his "A" school is in Great Lakes as well. He was told "A" school would start on Feb 20th. He had 2 weeks to get all his pre-testing done and he had it done in 4 days. He said he wanted to get it out of the way. He is "shadow" watching now with other watchmen. He was told yesterday that he would not be starting "A" school on the 20th but it would not be much longer. Has any others had this situation ? We were looking forward to having him graduate in August so we could stay on base at the RV camp with our coach.
If there is anyone who is on here and has not gone to their PIR we found a WONDERFUL hotel. it is about 20 minutes from base but sooooo worth it. Embassy Suites Northshore/Deerfield. It is modern, clean , free buffett breakfast ( actually really good food) Free cocktail party from 4:30pm - 7:30 pm. The rooms are really nice and all is open to a Atrium in the middle where there is also a restaurant. They would not let us pay for our sailors meals, They gave them to him for free for his service and the honor of him staying there .
My son graduated A school today. So proud!
Hi all, does anyone know how long A school is in great lakes
Well, we are making some progress...our sailor is no longer in DTP :) He left for GL on Wednesday and arrived safely to report this morning. Despite our advice to wait on purchasing a vehicle, he just couldn't stand not to have wheels. He was fortunate to have had a great credit score already established as he obtained a secured credit card in high school and did well with it, so was able to get a decent loan from NFCU. Now he's car (and insurance) poor, but seems happy. Looking forward to having him class up and start A School as he really had way too much time on his hands in DTP!
Thank you for your reply Gunnie430 :)
NavyMom2014 - thank you so much for your reply! Great information :) For now our son remains in a holding pattern in Goose Creek. He decided he couldn't live without wheels, so I guess he will have to figure out the vehicle issue when he gets to A School. I will check in again when he gets orders to head to GL.
Welcome to GM Moms! A few small bits of info and advice for you to take or not, do with what you wish.
1) Don't be in a hurry for your sailor to start A school. My son was "on hold" for about 3 months while waiting to "class up" for his group to start. He graduated from boot camp 12/5/14 and didn't start Tech and A school until mid to late April of 2015. I don't know if that will be different because he has already been somewhere else for a while. Just what we have experienced.
2) Once your sailor's group is toward the end of A school, they will "pick their orders." If you are not familiar with that process, this is where they pick their specialty (if they so choose), which will determine whether he goes to C school and where, as well as determine where his first duty station will be. His duty station can be, as Gunnie430 said, anywhere in this great big world and believe me, it is a great big world. Over 6,000 miles separates me from my kid.
3) I don't recommend (which came from my son while he was in GL) not to have a vehicle. One reason, he may not be permitted to get one. Two, he will not be in GL long enough to worry about it. Three, it's one less thing you all will have to worry about taking care of in the few short days between A school graduation in GL and wherever he goes next. There is a train stop not far from base and they took taxis when they went places. They find ways to get around without a vehicle. Our son has been at his duty station for over 2 years now, and just got a vehicle. It is pretty much just something to get back and forth from his barracks and the ship, but mostly because he is expecting to have to find off-base housing when he gets back in from his current deployment patrol.
If you have anything else, I can try to answer too.
Good luck to your sailor!
Gunnie430 - Thanks for your reply. I'm interested in learning a bit more about the following: 1) GM A School specific courses our sailor will take; 2) how does the follow up C School assignment work; 3) what are the base locations that our sailor may be assigned to once he graduates; 4) do you have any advice regarding the pro's/con's of having a vehicle while in A School? Just trying to gain a general sense of what to expect in the next 6 months as our sailor tends to be a bit hit and miss on communicating the details :)
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