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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 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).  


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

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


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hi My Son is currently in Groton, Ct. for Submarine School then "A" School.

Members: 863
Latest Activity: May 7

Discussion Forum

Car at sub school

Started by KKNOhio. Last reply by Catherine May 12, 2020. 2 Replies

Newbie What is BESS?

Started by Dls867. Last reply by SunflowerLynn Sep 24, 2019. 3 Replies

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Comment by Navyboymom00 on March 16, 2021 at 10:20pm

Hi, I’m a new mom to the group, my son will be graduating from BC on April 1st. He is supposed to be going to Sub school afterwards. Does anyone know about how long he will have to wait to transfer? Or is there a wait? Also does anyone know about visitation there? 

Comment by Catskill Mountain Gere on January 4, 2021 at 1:25am

 Hi, Any moms in this group with sailors in Groton Sub school since mid Dec.+ -  My son finished sub school about 2.5 weeks ago and has been in a holding pattern to do A school. He has had long waits, 3 wks between BC & sub school and now  in another holding pattern for almost 3 weeks He still hasn't gotten classed up for A school. To make matters worse his father passed away 2 weeks ago, between this & not being able to move forward with his training, he has gotten very discouraged. If anyone has any encouraging thoughts please send them my (our) way. We are struggling a bit. Thanks. Catskill Mt. Gere

Comment by Catskill Mountain Gere on November 28, 2020 at 6:17pm

Kellyrene, & Catherine,  Are your Sailors still at Groton or have they been sent on. Mine arrived about 2 weeks ago and is doing well. He was told, he will be there for sub school & the next school too. While he seems to have settled in, are there any tips your sailors have mentioned that could help him along the way.  Do you know if home baked goodies can be sent to our sailor??? 

Comment by Catskill Mountain Gere on November 9, 2020 at 2:08am

Hello Ladies, I'm a new-be, my sailor finished BC, IPR on 10/ 23 & just arrived at Groton for BESS. He is very excited to be at Groton but, not ecstatic to be switched from a MM to a TM. Does anyone know what the TM job entails.                                 We would love to visit but, not sure if this is possible with the COVID  issue. Does anyone know if this is possible?

Comment by Catherine on September 20, 2020 at 9:24pm

Kellyrene, congrats on your sailor making it to Groton!   Barring another case of ROM, my son should be graduating RTC and heading to Groton & Sub school in early October.  Would love to hear what your son  thinks of the base, how he likes housing, school, any tips he would give a new arrival for settling in, etc.  Thanks!

Comment by Kellyrene on September 13, 2020 at 1:29pm

Hello! My sailor finally made it! He has been in groton for two weeks now and is really excited about the next part of his journey.  Any new moms out there,  would love to here from you. 

Comment by WearsLargeHats on August 30, 2020 at 2:11am

Hi, Kellyrene. They do Basic Enlisted Submarine School first, then they will do the schools that comprise the SECF training for the various rates that are part of that. It has been a few years since my son went through that, so I don't know if that has changed at all.

Comment by Kellyrene on August 29, 2020 at 10:44pm

Hello! New to this group.  My SR just finished BC and will be heading to groton soon. He is looking forward to being in Connecticut.  Definitely change of scenery compared to his lifelong south louisiana home. He will be in the secf rate. Not sure if they do sub school first or secf school. We are also looking forward to a visit up there. 

Comment by SunflowerLynn on August 3, 2020 at 6:00pm

Hi Dmom...I asked my son who went through Groton last year. He said your son should have been assigned a mailbox at the base post office at Bledsoe Hall, probably has info about it in a packet he would have received the first or second day of BESS.  If he can't find it, he should go down to the PO at Bledsoe Hall and talk to them about it.  They can also explain how he can receive packages, which if I remember correctly he will only be able to do during the hours the post office is staffed.  

Comment by jillybean on January 21, 2020 at 7:43pm

My Sailor has arrived in CT. I hope he likes the cold!


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