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Hi there,

Can anyone give me some info about where FC's usually attend C school, and where my SR and our family could be stationed after C school is completed?

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My son is an FC he has been in 41/2 years. He did C school in San Diego, Ca. However, there is also a C school in Dam Neck, Va. My son will be going to Harpoon school at Dam Neck starting a week from this Monday. He will be there two months then home on leave for the entire month of July. He has been stationed in Japan for the last 3 years on the USS John McCain. After he finishes his leave he will be heading back to Japan to finish up his enlistment December, 2016. I'm not sure where all they can get assigned. 

Was is your son stationed on a ship or at a base? Will the Navy move my children and me with my husband if he gets stationed in Japan?

Usually an FC will go to a ship for the first tour after C school.  If he is an E-4 or above (and he will be),he would be authorized to take dependents to Japan.  

Anti M, Thanks for replying back! I was hoping you would respond. Can you tell me if he becomes ET where we could end up for his C school and where we could be possibly stationed? Also how long are the C schools in duration and will he attend the C schools before we PCS?

I was an ET, and it is an extremely varied rating.  While FCs have only a few C schools, ETs have dozens of C school opportunities, all over the country. Some are over 6 months, some are a few weeks, sometimes they go to several short related C schools.  Mostly VA and CA, but my long one was in GA on an Army base!   FCs work weapons systems, ETs work those, plus radar, navigation, communication, test equipment, and more.  

An ET would initially get sea duty, but their choices for shore duty after that are nearly unlimited compared to FCs.  Except for sub bases, ETs go everywhere. Even then ... anywhere but on a sub.

Thank you for the good information. I now just have to wait to hear from my SR to tell me what rating he has been given. I hope I hear something soon, PIR is 5/8..

My son sent to Dahlgren for C school. He is stationed in Norfolk. He is currently on deployment. He is on the USS Oscar Austin

How long was C school in Dalghren?

About 5 months

FC C schools are in Virginia or San Diego. Mostly in Virgina though
It really depends on what type of an FC they are. If they are Aegis FCs, they will go to school in Dahlgren, VA.

CWIS FC could go to school in VA or San Diego, harpoon FCs is San Diego so it depends on their system.

FCs are very sea going rates so expect them to get orders to a ship when they complete their C school ---- and that's when the adventure really begins.

PS...hubby was an FC for years and we lived in Japan, he also taught FC school and now our son is an FC as well - fingers crossed that he will be an FCC this cycle. Great rate, let me know if you have questions.


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