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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**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).  


RTC Graduation

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

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


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Nuke School Charleston

My husband is in Nuke school at the NWS in Charleston, SC. We are enjoying it here! This group's for anyone who wants to talk.

Members: 974
Latest Activity: on Monday

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NNPTC graduation day

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Face Book Group?

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Timing for first visit at Nuke School

Started by Nat's Mom. Last reply by CSW Jul 14, 2017. 6 Replies

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on October 11, 2021 at 5:09pm

Hi Beth - this group isn't real active - be sure to join our Nuke mom's group - here's the link:

Nuke moms

Comment by Nautical Mom on July 26, 2021 at 9:33am

Power School Graduation !!! I can't believe we're here (rolled back 4 months but doing great and I'm so proud of him)

How long does the graduation itself last? want to make a reservation to take him out to eat afterwards :)

Comment by Northwoodsmom on April 14, 2021 at 10:50am

Rakenator, thank you so much for your encouraging words. My son has been struggling, went through RoM and hold and now is starting over in Power School again. They are helping him polish up his math skills.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on April 14, 2021 at 10:35am

Hi Nautical Mom - like the others said, they will work with them to get them to pass, especially if they are making an effort to get it done.  B didn't pass Power School and had to recomp - along with quite a few others in his class.  They all passed and moved on to prototype.  He said Power school was the most difficult for him.

Do come over to the nuke moms page and post your concerns there too.  It's more active than this page and you'll find more support.

Hang in there!

Comment by Northwoodsmom on April 13, 2021 at 11:02pm

Nautical Mom, I only know what my son has told me. He was struggling in Power School but got sick and sent to ROM, afterwards he was put into Hold. During Hold he was allowed to go in and study his notes and things. He called to tell me he was starting classes Tuesday and I just assumed it was Power School but he said no he was in P-track and is taking classes to go over the things he was struggling with before the next Power School started. The way he explained it was after A School if your score wasn't at a certain level you would go to P-track for extra help. His overall score was above that level but he still had problems with the calculus which there is a whole lot of math formulas and if you don't understand them at the beginning you just continue to get lost. My understanding is if you are putting in the effort they will do everything they can to help you. My son didn't have any college courses and has been out of HS for 8 years.  They will work with him!.

Comment by Nautical Mom on April 13, 2021 at 9:54pm

hi everyone - I have a son in power school in Charleston and he is struggling...what is the worst-case scenario if he does not pass, does anyone know - i have no idea of how to offer advice other than to say it'll be ok...but will it?? 

Comment by Pat on July 11, 2019 at 10:21pm

Did your son or daughter get notified of the hold?  

Comment by MamaKatie on July 11, 2019 at 9:42pm

@Pat I’m wondering the same thing! 

Comment by Pat on July 11, 2019 at 7:22pm

What does it mean to be placed on Grad Hold in Charleston?  Is that before power school grad or after?


Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on April 25, 2019 at 11:39am

Hi Dawn - sorry you didn't get a response sooner here.  This group isn't real active - the nuke moms page is where you want to post your question.  One thing I can recommend is a black G Shock watch - we got our son one from Kohl's when he graduated boot camp.  It doesn't have to be real expensive - black rubber band is the best for wearing with uniforms.

He won't need much for his room - pretty much everything is provided - there is a discussion about it in the nuke moms group.


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