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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

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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. 

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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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



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

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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Nuclear Field Class “A” School Charleston, SC. (I "borrowed" this from the Navy Dad's site - should be fairly accurate!)

3 months
Mathematics, physics, thermodynamics, mechanical theory, fluid flow, safety, general engineering maintenance, hand tools and test equipment, valves, piping fittings, bearings and lubrication, pumps, steam turbines, reduction gears, heat exchanges, condensers, air ejectors, air compressors, refrigeration, air conditioning, evaporators, propulsion plant piping systems overview

EM or ET:
6 months
Mathematics, physics, AC/DC electrical theory, test equipment, maintenance and repair, safety, transistor theory, vacuum tube theory, communications, transmitters, receivers, pulse techniques, synchro-servos, magnetism and magnetic amplifiers, digital electronics, microprocessors, radar, AC/DC motors and generators.

Nuclear Power School Charleston, SC
6 months
Mathematics, physics, chemistry, radiation, nuclear power plant components, reactor theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, principles of materials College level classroom instruction with written tests; computer aided instruction.
Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa, NY or Charleston, SC
6 months
Six weeks of specialized classroom instruction followed by 20 weeks of hands-on training at an operational nuclear reactor plant Classroom, independent study, individual interviews/exams, hands-on training (watchstanding); computer aided training.

Welcome to Nuclear Field “A” School! Below, you will find some helpful points that will ensure your smooth transition into the Naval Nuclear Power School.


- Machinist’s Mate “A” School (MMFN)
o 14 weeks of classroom instruction and hands on laboratory instruction.
o Courses will be Math, Basic Machinery and Machinery Equipment
o Instruction will be 1 to 2 courses at the same time.
Math and Basic Machinery will overlap by 3 weeks.

- Electrician’s Mate “A” School (EMFN)
o 24 weeks of classroom instruction and hands on laboratory instruction.
o Courses will be Math, Basic Electricity, Electronic Fundamentals, Digital Microprocessors and Electrical Equipment.
o Instruction will be 1 to 2 courses at the same time.
Math and Basic Electricity will overlap by 3 weeks.

- Electronics Technician “A” School (ETSN)
o 26 weeks of classroom instruction and hands on laboratory instruction.
o Courses will be Math, Basic Electricity, Electronic Fundamentals, Digital Microprocessors and Instrumentation and Control Equipment.
o Instruction will be 1 to 2 courses at the same time.
Math and Basic Electricity will overlap by 5 weeks.

- EMFNs and ETSNs will split the class during week 17.


- You will depart boot camp and arrive at NNPTC on the same day. Once you arrive at the Charleston Airport, contact the NNPTC quarterdeck and the command will provide transportation.
- You will muster with your Section Leading Petty Officer (SLPO) at 0700 in your classroom.

You are required to register your vehicle with the Naval Weapons Station (NAVWEPSTA) Pass and Badge Office Sticker. You will need proof if insurance, car registration and driver’s license.

The WPNSTA Charleston Personal Property Officer inbound shipment phone number is (843) 764-4180/7575

The Navy Federal Credit Union has a branch 7 miles from WPNSTA Charleston Located at 7800 Rivers Avenue, suite 1840, North Rivers Market. Their phone number is (843) 863-8772. There is a Navy Federal Credit Union ATM on base outside of the NEX.


- The Uniform of the Day while you are assigned to Nuclear Field A School is utilities, with the exception on Friday’s, which is the seasonal dress uniform.


- Sick call hours for Medical are 0600 – 0800.
- Sick call hours for Dental are 0700 – 0800 and 1345–1445.


- At some point in your training, usually the 4th to 5th week, you will be allowed to have a vehicle. During your indoctrination, and before you are allowed to drive a vehicle, you will be briefed on the base regulations.


- The following general habits have been found to be useful at NPS:

o Take a good set of class notes.

o Before attempting to work homework problems, review your class notes to include the work examples. Work hardest on those areas you find confusing.

o Attempt the assigned homework problems without the aid of notes or textbooks. This will give you a daily quiz on the material covered in class.

o If you are unable to work the problem, return to your notes and determine how the concepts apply to the problem and continue from there. Flag the area of your notes for future review.

o Read the reading assignment for the next day.

o DO NOT GET BEHIND! Keep up with your homework daily.

o Do not put off other subjects to cram for an exam. Get help on material you do not understand as soon as possible.

o Ask yourself how the material can be used or tested. Make up (mentally) questions on the material. Answer these questions out loud.

o Practice sketching diagrams presented in class.

o Look for areas where material learned in one subject applies to another subject.

o At the end of a topic, review the Topical Guide Objectives.

o Engage in a round-robin of questions and answers with other students using your notes to check their answers.

o Study the whole topic to obtain the overview as well as the details.

o Plan when and where you are going to study and how much time you will spend on each subject. Write down your plan and adhere to it. The weekly study log is designed to assist you in planning your time. You should re-evaluate this plan periodically, in light of your academic performance. Discuss your findings with your academic advisor, incorporating into your plan any suggestions he/she may make. If you take the time to plan and organize your time, you will make much more efficient use of it.

o Schedule extra instruction early in the week with your instructor to take place during your study halls. Check the NDI Watch Bill so that you may be aware of what additional times he/she is available. Adjust study to maximize your utilization of this aid to your study efforts.

o Study your weakest subject first, during the day, so that you can consult with your instructor when you have problems.

o During lectures try to associate the new information being presented with your previous knowledge – from this subject, other Nuclear Power School subjects, or from your previous experience. Look for fundamental principles. Do not concentrate on memorizing isolated facts and formulas. You cannot expect to obtain an adequate understanding of the subject material unless you actively engage your mind during lectures. This must be a continuous, conscious effort. Start now to form good listening habits and do not let yourself become lazy.


- The following general habits have been found to be useful:

o Review the lecture material first.

o Do homework with closed notes. Treat it as an exam.

o Anything which must be looked up should be flagged for later study.

o Try to balance the time spent on each subject, each night.

o Memorize equations which are needed for homework by writing them several times without looking at the equation.

o Practice laying out your work clearly and logically. Follow procedures outlined by your instructor.
o Try every problem, but do not let other subjects suffer by spending too much time on one or two homework problems.

o If you do not understand something, ask your instructor. Look for fundamental principles. If you understand problems that are presented in class but cannot solve similar problems on your own, you probably do not understand the principles involved.

o Do not neglect your math proficiency.

o Keep a file of corrected homework for review purposes.


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My son bought a bike while at A school, Goose Creek.  He stated that it is considered a vehicle and must also be registered on base.  If not registered the lock is cut and it is sold at auction. 

E's Mom 

My son will be graduating A School in a few weeks, when we asked him the time of graduation, he said he wasnt sure? I know hes swimming in school work, so thought I would ask here.. .:) What time does graduation start in GC? I have the date, just need to know when to show  

Hi jenb - if my memory serves me correctly I believe the graduation time was 0900.  You will want to allow extra time to get through the security checkpoint (make sure you have license, registration, insurance on the vehicle and ID's of all those attending as their name will be on a list).  We breezed right through that part but it took a little time to find a parking spot.  The ceremony itself is about an hour and they allow plenty of time for you to take pictures. It was very casual - indoors too.  As it gets closer your son should be able to tell you the exact time.

Congrats to him!

Hi, can I find out how far into Nuke A School do they have to be before they can get a car?


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