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."

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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Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2316
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

What happens after ASchool?

Started by SailorMom18. Last reply by Phoenixmom Feb 13, 2019. 1 Reply

BECC Info?

Started by adubz33. Last reply by SuBHuni34 Nov 29, 2018. 9 Replies

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Comment by Jez on August 27, 2019 at 4:13pm

Lol ya I don’t know how much studying gets done when they have toys! My son learned his first week and immediately went and bought a game device from the nex. 

Comment by Donna816 on August 27, 2019 at 4:08pm

Really? TV's and game consoles?  How will he ever get any studying done? When do they get the guidelines so they know what is allowed?

Comment by Jez on August 27, 2019 at 3:37pm

Laptops are allowed, so is gaming consoles and TVs! It is not as restrictive as boot camp. 

Comment by Donna816 on August 27, 2019 at 2:52pm

Awesome...we are hoping to surprise our recruit with a new laptop.

Comment by Sushicat242000 on August 27, 2019 at 1:08pm

We dropped my Son off Sunday afternoon when his liberty was nearly done for the weekend. He was nervous but excited for A school to start. Several more seasoned sailors stopped him gave him advice about things he was doing incorrectly. Your a sailor now not a recruit a couple of them said in a very caring way. It was so nice to know they are looking out for each other.

Comment by Sushicat242000 on August 27, 2019 at 1:04pm

My son took his with him. He said he was allowed.

Comment by Donna816 on August 27, 2019 at 11:39am

Does anyone know if they can have laptops in A school?  Are they allowed during Phase 1?

Comment by Anti M on August 21, 2019 at 7:27pm

He may need a car after A school/C school.  Might be best to store it for now, insure it as low miles.  If he goes to a ship, he'll need to park it somewhere secure when he deploys, but thousands of sailors do that.  I wouldn't rush the decision.  When he does decide to buy a car, the FFSC has advice on how to do so locally, the car dealers near bases are very aggressive and over-sell to young naive sailors, and even older not so naive sailors...

Comment by Phoenixmom on August 21, 2019 at 5:44pm

Sushicat42000 I'm sure when he gets to his duty station he will be able to have his car. My Son's friends have their car. But stationed on Coronado Island SD. Not sure if it is different at every duty station. Mrs. Anti M can explain she is real good!

Comment by Sushicat242000 on August 21, 2019 at 5:29pm

Thank you for your help! Trying to figure out if we should work on selling his car when we see him on liberty.


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