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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."

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.


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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Nuke A School FAQ


Nuke A School FAQ

When & Where will my Nuke Sailor:

      Leave for A School ???

      Go for A School ???

      A School Shipping Address ???

Much More...

Location: B Reactor Original Control Room
Members: 355
Latest Activity: May 10

FAQ - Nuke A School - Frequently Ask Questions

When will my Nuke come home for Leave ???

Not Until After he completes A School

He will go straight from Boot Camp to A School

How does Nuke A School

fit into the NUKE Training Pipeline ???

Diagram Here - Overview Here - Details Here

First Hand Description:   Part I    Part II    Part III
Another First Hand Description


Where will he go for Nuke A School ???

He will fly to the:

Navy Nuclear Power Training Command ( NNPTC )

Goose Creek, SC

just north of Charleston, South Carolina

command website: here and more information can be found:

here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and map here

NNPTC is one several collocated bases - base maps and extensive base info

What type of A School will he attend ???


Nuclear Field Machinist Mate ( MM-FN ) - 14 weeks minimum


Nuclear Field Electricians Mate ( EM-FN ) - 24 weeks minimum


Nuclear Field Electronics Technician ( ET-SN ) - 24 weeks minimum


Please Note - Only upon graduation from A school

do students become MMs / EMs / ETs

For more information on what ET-SN, MM-FN and EM-FN

actually mean click: here for brief description       here for extended discussion

For more information on the A Schools themselves:

click here and here and here and here

When will he find out what type of Nuke A School

he will attend ???

During Boot Camp he will be assigned to a

MM-FN or EM-FN or ET-SN A School


He opted for a Guaranteed MM-FN before boot camp


He will have an opportunity to express a preference

a couple of weeks into boot camp


Where can I Ship my Nuke's things to Nuke A School ???

Once you know for sure he will graduate Boot Camp on Schedule

And you know which type of A School he is headed for ( ET / EM / MM )

This Address will work - click here


When will he find out his A School Class Number ???

and when will his class start ???

Your Nuke will be in an Indoctrination Class before he "Classes Up" - click here

His true "A Class" class number comes later and will depend on several factors

The Class Curriculum and the Class Start Date being the main factors

1121 MT   and 1121 A    are two examples of A Class numbers

A discussion of how and when the class number is determined can be found here


What Does the A Class Section Number

Mean to my Nuke ???

Each Class Number has one, or more, sections

For Example, if there are enough students to form multiple MM-SN classes

at the same time

there will be one class with multiple sections

NNPTC often tries to keep Sailors in the same section together in the BEQs


How Much / What Kind of / What to do on

Free Time at Nuke A-School ???


Brief Description click here - Extensive Description click here


Personal Laptops, Internet Access, WiFI, Cell Phones allowed/provided at Nuke A-School ???

Internet Access and Laptops click here - Cell Phones click here


Shuttle Service and Public Transport at Nuke A-School ???

Public Transportation Information  -  click here


What Job will my Nuke do Aboard Ship ???

He will successfully complete 4 distinct training programs

before being assigned to a ship/boat

once on board a ship/boat he will perform one of these job functions:

Brief Description Here - Original Description Here

How will he Qualify to do his/her Job Here


When will he leave for his Nuke A School ???


He will fly out on Boot Camp Graduation Day, the next Day, or one of the following days.

The exact day will be determined by his Division Number and the Number of Divisions graduating that same day, and other factors.


How do I estimate, early on, when his division will fly out ???

Determine when his Division Graduates and How Many other Divisions Graduate the same Day, how to do this is described further below.

Example: February 11th, 2011 graduating divisions:

063–074, 804 & 912 ( 14 divisions )

Division 63,65,65 & 66 - between 3 AM and 5 AM next day ( SAT ) bus pickup           navy bus delivers them to airport terminal or charter plane

Division 071 - between 3 AM and 5 AM following TUE bus pickup
navy bus delivers them to airport terminal or charter plane

Sailors delivered to terminal wait until later that day or evening for fly out.

As you can see the Navy just scheduled flights out each day starting with the lowest number division and working up. Capacity limitations determine how many divisions go out each day. There has to be some system for scheduling and this is the current one used at Navy Boot Camp.

You can determine the graduation date by clicking here: Graduation Dates

or by going here:


You must, of course, know your sons Division, which you will, after receiving the first form letter from Boot Camp, about 7-10 days into Boot Camp.


How do I verify my estimate as his division's graduation gets closer ???

Sailors will be advised of when their division ships out when they get closer to the end of Boot Camp. That information is often posted in various places on this Web site by loved ones who learned by letter or telephone call. Look at the Pass In Review Date ( Graduation Date ) Group that matches your son's division's graduation date ( the divisions PIR date).

For those divisions that graduated on February 11th, 2011 click here: PIR 21111

or go here:

The above is an example you must locate the PIR group for your sons graduation date.


There are Groups set up for each Boot Camp Graduation date, aka PIR date.  There are also often Groups and/or Discusion Forums set up for each division and ship.


The above are all good places to look to see what Recruits are being told about when their divisions will be picked up and taken to the Airport after graduation.  Of course letters and phone calls home from your recruit are always the best source.


*******************************    Disclaimer   ********************************

This information is deemed to be correct as of the date it was written, but it may actually be wrong, in whole, or in part.


Please feel free to advise if you notice anything that appears to need correction or clarification ---- Click: Here to Identify Needed Corrections or Additions


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