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

**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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

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Surface Engineering for those that have Loved Ones in these fields DC EM EN GSE GSM HT MM MR


Surface Engineering for those that have Loved Ones in these fields DC EM  EN GSE  GSM  HT MM  MR

Hi Folks wanted to set up a Group for Mother's who may have a Loved One in any of the rates Above. Been looking to share information with others or just to meet other's who have a Loved one in any of these groups. My Son is a EM3 Petty Officer And Not much happening on other sites so I thought maybe I would give it a try. Please come join let's chat and Learn together.

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Comment by Phoenixmom on November 7, 2019 at 10:48am

Welcome jessi914, Your Son will experience a lot. He will be at A school for at least 6 months he will do ATT school and BECC before actually doing A school. My Son is on a Carrier doing EM. he has been all over in just the two years being in. Welcome again if there is anything I can do please ask.

Comment by jessi914 on November 6, 2019 at 7:35pm

My son is leaving for RTC in 5 days.  His chosen rating is EM.  He's very excited and we are super proud of him!

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 8, 2019 at 2:09pm
Comment by Phoenixmom on October 8, 2019 at 2:06pm

The Apprentice Technical Training (ATT) School,

Basic Engineering Common Core (BECC) Description ... › notes › training-support-center-tsc-great-lakes

Comment by VKSMom on September 19, 2019 at 5:12am

Hi! My son is currently at GL waiting for classes to begin (his PIR was 8/30 his rate is MR). I’ve been able to get a little bit of insight as to what he is doing now from reading through this group, but I’m curious Phoenixmom if you could explain what ATT and BECC classes are? He has mentioned a few classes he’s done and also the “Stand Watch” part but my understanding is he hasn’t officially started his “A” school classes. I’m also being told his rate is rare so wondering if that will impact how long he’ll have to wait for things to get rolling. Thanks for any insight you can give! 

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 19, 2019 at 12:09pm

That's is great start, They have to be comfortable in where they are located to like what they will be doing so that is Awesome. They will usually get a schedule, because in between they have to fit in "Stand watch" Plus they will have night school. so there will be times he will be extremely tired, and may not speak or talk or have conversation much with you, we usually texted and when he could we faced timed, I met a lot of his buddies that way he would introduce them over the phone so we can see each other. So glad for technology! School will be about 6 months give or take. they have a ATT class and BECC class once those are passed then A school begins.

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 19, 2019 at 10:34am

Good Morning Ma'am Typically No, but if they don't have a certain amount in class they tend to wait for class to fill up. My Son's class wasn't all that big maybe 11 or 12 and he had to wait maybe 2 weeks at the most. He can try and find out why such a delay. Your Son is going to Love GL My Son Loved it! except for the cold that is. every time we faced time he always had a hoodie on even in his room. LOL.

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 3, 2019 at 5:30pm
Comment by Phoenixmom on April 3, 2019 at 5:29pm

Hi ProudMom314 usually they are asked where they would like to be placed. My Son was able to pick Hoping yours will also. My Son is a EM he enjoys it very much. He is linked to the USS Theodore Carrier. He may wait a few weeks till class fills and usually it is a 5 to 6 month course for all classes. first he will have BECC and ATT those classes have to be passed in order to begin actual A school. then A school is just a few weeks.

Comment by Proudmom314 on April 3, 2019 at 5:17pm

Lol East Coast. Just about dinner time here.


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