I know that Nukes will go to A-school immediately from boot camp. Have your soldiers advised what they might need/want once they get to A-school? I'd like to be able to have some boxes packed and ready to go with his needs when he moves to Goose Creek. I just don't know what those needs are...
Hi Dawn - take a look at the nuke moms page - I "bumped" the discussion on a Sailors Needs for A school. They really don't need much though - the Navy provides most of it.
They can take an X-Box and can use it when they aren't in class or studying (although most have mandatory study hours). Some worry that it will be a distraction but it can also be a stress reliever - your son will hopefully figure out what is best for him.
Come on over and take a look at the discussion.
He asked us after the few weeks they have to wear only Navyissued clothes to send shorts and T-shirts.
Hi Vida, my son is going to Pensacola also and looks like they are in the same PIR date for BC.
Remember, a barracks room is not a dorm room, so no decor or homey touches. The rules vary, so they may need to use issued bedding, or put away quilts and other personal items when not in use. They can have their electronics and game systems, but need permission to leave them out. Some barracks allow things like coffee makers, but you need to wait until they check in to find out the current policies. They do get to wear civilian clothing after a few weeks, but have limited room in a locker.
Unlike college, there is not a list of things they need to buy for class, most of that is issued. They will not be using a personal laptop or computer for study.
At first, keep it simple and easily portable until they settle in and know what is allowed. Very often, when the graduating students leave, they give stuff away to the new guys. Those headed to ships must travel light.