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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).  

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**UPDATE 3/07/2022**

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Hi MOMS in the Navy ,


Proud to be a Navy MoM..My son is in Nuke School SC, and will complete first 6 mos ( started Jun3 ) and will finish Dec2?? Does anyone know how long can he visit us?? How do they make the schedule off? When does he go back to school after Dec? what about the next 6 months? ( Power School) and then Prototype? I want to know because we are planning family ge ttogether everytime he comes home and it helps to plan a trip if we know ahead what dates?? If I cant find the rxact info I just need approximate time/dates. Thanks if you can give any info. He is in class 1137 mt now . 

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PraiseGod - you need to join the NUKEmoms group.  There are a couple other nuke oriented groups - loved ones in nuke program and nukes in charleston(I think), but the Nuke moms is the most active. My son is a nuke EM but has been out in the fleet for a while so not sure if things are still the same.  The ladies (and a few men) on that group will usually answer you very quickly.  There is also a facebook site, but it is private and you have to ask to be added.  Good luck to your son.  Please try to plan on going to the power school graduation.  It is worth saving your pennies for.  Hope this will help you with some of your questions.  From another proud nuke mom

Thanks . I did join the Nuke moms. I have a great question you know the answer. My son is in A school and wants to pursue officer program. 

1) after Nuke school graduation, can he go to Naval Academy? what are the chances he will get accepted. ?

2) Or can what are his choices where he does not have to work on the ship and continue college?

Read this discussion from '09 - there are lots of good information. I listed four ways of becoming an officer. The fifth, of course, is for the enlisted sailor who acquires a degree during his enlistment. Upon completion of his degree, he could apply to the Officer Candidate School program.

If your son is interested in attending the Naval Academy, your son must be under 23 years of age at the time he enters "boot camp" for midshipmen (typically in June). There are a number of slots reserved for prior enlisted sailors at the Naval Academy, I encourage your son to apply ASAP if he is interested. The process is long and arduous.

1) Officer Candidate Program (OCS) - must have a college degree.  There is a Nuclear Propulsion Program that a candidate can apply for in his/her sophomore year in college (mostly for engineering or science majors). If accepted, assistance could be for tuition and living stipend (in the old days sometimes up to 35 to 40K per years). After graduation, go right into the OCS program. NUKES only.

2) STA 21 - Seaman to Admiral - for currently enlisted sailors

3) NROTC - typically for high schooler applying to college or junior college transferee. Those under #2 go to colleges with NROTC programs too.

4) United States Navy Academy - typically high school applicants, but a number of slots for prior enlisted. Extremely structured & restrictive - no "typical" campus life. Typically more difficult to get into than NROTC but could depend on major.

This is just off the top of my head. Please do some googling and get the latest stufff.

Good luck.


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