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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.

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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 Sailormom01 on November 5, 2019 at 2:25pm

Well, today is day two for my Sailor! He is now a member of the Groton Ct. Sub School. I am excited for all things new and building on the knowledge from Boot Camp. He graduated Nov. 1, 2019.

Comment by Sailormom01 on September 24, 2019 at 11:03am

My son will graduate boot camp on Nov. 1, then off to BESS!!!

Comment by SunflowerLynn on April 12, 2019 at 10:32am

Hello, tazangel! Good to “meet” you! All best wishes to your son as he makes the journey through GL, and then on to Groton. 

Comment by tazangel227 on April 12, 2019 at 12:40am

Hey y’ son just left for BC on Tuesday and after PIR he’ll be going to Groton. Thought I’d stop in to say hi...

Comment by SunflowerLynn on March 18, 2019 at 8:42am

Cindy, feel free to ask me anything.  I'm no expert, but my son has been in Groton for BESS, A-school, and now C-school so I may have answers to other questions that come up based on my experiences.

If you do travel to Groton for BESS graduation, there's a pretty nice Navy Lodge just 5 minutes from the base, and I believe your son can get you a room there.  Rates are reasonable ($79/night last time I checked) and they don't charge any sales or room taxes, either.  Flying into Providence, RI is closest (45 minutes from Groton), but you can also fly into Hartford, CT (about an hour from Groton).

Comment by Cindy on March 17, 2019 at 12:55am

Thank you sunflowerLynn! I feel a little lost since he arrived at Groton . We had so much information about boot camp and then almost nothing. We would be traveling from AZ, I’m going to look in to our options. ❤️

Comment by SunflowerLynn on March 16, 2019 at 11:08pm

Cindy, I certainly did!  And yes, there were family members present for the BESS graduation.  It obviously isn't as elaborate as PIR, but I thought it was a really nice ceremony.  

Comment by Cindy on March 16, 2019 at 4:18pm

Do families attend the graduation from BESS? You 

Comment by WearsLargeHats on March 10, 2019 at 10:00pm

Something is fishy. Sub School isn't like boot camp, they have regular hours and they all have phones and internet when not in class. Hate to say it, but I suspect the GF isn't telling you something. Your options for official channels are limited and they may or may not be permitted to tell you anything. You might try the Chaplain at the Naval Submarine School. I've never actually talked to a Chaplain, but I would think they would at least be sympathetic, and can maintain confidentiality in both directions.

Comment by sailorsgirl on March 10, 2019 at 6:17pm
That doesn’t sound right! The minute my baby hit Groton I’ve been hearing from him everyday. We sleep on the fone together. He got to Groton in sept. Even when he was on legal hold I still heard from him. Your even allowed to leave base after you achieve the specific quails (or something)

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