My daughter is in boot camp now. I do not know her PIR date yet. I’m just curious after she graduates what is next. I keep hearing A school and that some are getting leave after A school. Could someone fill me in?
Welcome, Rhonda71! Read the following link and it will fill you in a little better.
(It’s on the right side of the main Nuke Moms page, along with other useful documents to read and help you get up to speed). Your sailor will go through indoc when she arrives at Goose Creek and then class up for A School within a couple of weeks (usually) in whatever rate she gets assigned to. If she’s a machinist mate (MM) A School will be 3 months long and if she’s either an Electrician’s Mate (EM) or Electronic Technician ET) then A School is 6 months long. Typically after A School they get 10 days off unless they arrive at GC near Christmas (in which case their 10 days of holiday stand down take the place of that leave and they only get a couple of days off after A School). I hope that helps answer your question. Feel free to keep the questions coming!
Thank you so much!
My son's PIR is next week - just got the call today! That's the good news. I am concerned, though, because he wrote me that *he's* concerned about having chosen to be a nuke. By all reports, it's a really tough rating, academically, and thus very stressful. Of course, like anyone who was offered a spot the nuclear program, I know he's *smart* enough to do it. But I'm worried that if he goes in unsure whether he made the right choice, that could mess with his head. And in such a tough program, he's going to need a clear head. Does anyone have any advice on what I could say to him, or how I could encourage and support him?
It is definitely a challenging path to be a Nuke, not just in the two years plus of schooling but once they're out in the fleet they work tremendously hard so it definitely takes a certain kind of person. If your sailor loves math and science and either has a mechanical, electrical or computer bent, I think it will be a happy choice. They have a lot of support to be successful because the Navy is investing a lot in them. On the other side, if they are not cut out for it, there are plenty of young men and women who have re-rated to other jobs in the Navy that require brains and skill and are very happy with their new paths. Some of the sailors I have known of who got re-rated went on to cryptography and other interesting careers. I would say to let your son know that you are 100% behind him but that you will not think any less of him if it's not for him and if he is really unhappy to reach out to his instructors to find out what other options there are at that point. If they are struggling academically they get a lot of mandatory study hours tacked on and from what my son has said, one of the best things you can do in that case is let them know you're there for them but don't bug them to communicate too often because it just adds to their stress levels. I hope that helps!
I needed to see this tonight! My "Unicorn" will be graduating on Oct 26! Nuke School is freaking me out. Her ASFAB score was high. Her Recruiter only talked Nuke.
Hi, Rhonda171! Sounds like we must be the newbies here, since both our kids are still in bootcamp. Good luck to your daughter, and to you and your family as well. Isn't this journey quite the trip?!
Yes it is! So excited for this journey. So much to learn!