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Does anyone know how long machinist mate's are in A School for? My boyfriend graduates basic feb 8th and then will be leaving for Charleston! Just trying to get some information. (: 

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A School is 14 weeks, then Power School for 24 weeks then Training Unit for 24 weeks. There are several weeks to several months between schools.

Okay thanks! During those weeks/months between school, would he be able to come home?

If he is in school during the 2 week Christmas stand down they usually can request leave and sometimes they get 2 weeks after Power School for leave. The time between A school and Power School they will stand watches, clean etc. After Power school they are on Grad hold and they can be assigned several things, college classes, work at a museum, cleaning crews, etc. They will be given something to do and will not be allowed to go home for that time except for extended holiday weekends if they aren't on a watch detail and have requested a chit (a sort of permission slip) for the time away from the base. They usually can't go more than 350 miles from the base without special permission.

Wow, so he won't be coming home much for the next two years probably. That stinks! Thanks though :)

There is no particular time span. It could be days, weeks, or months. Yes they can go home between the programs. They just have to request the time off.


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