Hello everyone my son will be starting BC Nov.26 then he is to go to GROTON,CT for A SCHOOL. Can anyone tell me what BESS is? I have read that he will need to pass this then start A SCHOOL. Is this in GROTON also.. Sorry there are just so many questions.
Hello Dls867. My son graduated bot camp Aug 3, and went to Groton for BESS and A school. BESS is "Basic Enlisted Submarine School." It's about 6 weeks, and it's pretty much what it sounds like -- a basic introduction to submarines. They have some quals to get through, some classroom time, some time in hands-on trainers (damage control, escape trainer, etc.). They have a graduation ceremony upon completion, then begin their A school. Depending on the A school, and whether they have a full class ready to go upon completion of BESS, they might start the Monday after BESS graduation, or they could have a small delay, waiting for enough students to form up a class. My son started the Monday after the Friday BESS graduation.
Hope this is helpful!
Can parents attend BESS graduation as we did with BC??
You sure can. I went to my son’s BESS graduation. It’s definitely a much less elaborate ceremony than PIR, and not that many parents attended, but it was a great day, and I’m very glad I went. It’s held in a large theater/auditorium on base. There were a couple guest speakers, several individual words were given out, and then each recruit was called up to cross the stage and receive his certificate. Hope this is helpful.