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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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: 976
Latest Activity: Jan 23

Discussion Forum

NNPTC graduation day

Started by Oliveoil Feb 22, 2020. 0 Replies

Face Book Group?

Started by Navy Mom ship 03-055. Last reply by Em's Mom❤️⚓️❤️ Jul 15, 2017. 89 Replies

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 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 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.

Comment by Dawn1231 on April 6, 2019 at 2:28pm

My son is graduating high school in June, shipping off shortly thereafter to boot camp and then off to A-school in Charleston so he can follow in his dad's footsteps to be a Nuke.

My question is, people keep asking me what to get him for graduation, and really, other than money/gift cards, I don't know what to tell people.  So here's my question:

When they move in to A-school in Charleston, I know bed and dresser is provided.  What will he need to be "move in ready"?

Comment by PacNWmom on March 31, 2019 at 2:03pm

ILsubmom - My son sent his PC to Goose Creek, so I asked him. True to form he doesn't remember if he used UPS, Fedex or USPS (thank goodness he can remember all that math and science!), so I can't help you there. He did advise wrapping the tower in bubble wrap. He didn't and it arrived with "some superficial damage". The monitor broke, though, so he advises you sailor buy one at the NEX rather than shipping his. It's the tower that really matters, obviously.

Hope this helps!

Comment by ILsubmom on March 26, 2019 at 7:48pm

Has anyone had experience sending larger, fragile items like a desktop computer via UPS to the Charleston base? We tried to ship an upright vacuum through Amazon & it ended up being refunded because it was "undeliverable". Any advice would be appreciated!             

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on February 13, 2019 at 1:39pm

Welcome Clover0626!  Please be sure to join NUKE moms too.  The group is more active and you'll find more info there.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on January 29, 2019 at 1:38pm

Pat - T-track can be anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.

Comment by Pat on January 28, 2019 at 2:17pm

How long is the T-track between A School and PS?


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