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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's Moms/Wives/Girlfriends/Friends


Nuke's Moms/Wives/Girlfriends/Friends

People with sailors who are in the Nuclear program

Location: Charleston, SC
Members: 154
Latest Activity: Jun 1, 2021

Discussion Forum

Nuke Welding School

Started by SailorsSweetheartJessie Mar 14, 2015. 0 Replies

Hi! Can anyone give me information about the Nuke Welding School? My husband is planning to apply to go there after he graduates from Prototype. I've heard they live in a hotel while they're at the…Continue

Questions. Questions. Questions.

Started by CoreysWife Ship 14 DIV 324. Last reply by Emily-aaronsgirl11 Jul 31, 2014. 7 Replies

My husband leaves for boot camp July 1st. Then he goes to charleston for school. My question is how long will the process take to get me and our daughter moved with him? And will we be waiting…Continue

Goose Creek, SC apartments

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Hi! My fiance is trying to find an apartment for us in Goose Creek SC, and I was wondering if anyone has advice about which apartment complexes are good, versus which ones to avoid.Thanks!Continue

So many questions!

Started by SailorsSweetheartJessie. Last reply by SailorsSweetheartJessie Aug 28, 2013. 6 Replies

Hi everybody! I'm new to all of this and I have a lot of questions. My boyfriend of over a year has been at boot camp for a week and I miss him like crazy. He is a Nuke, although I don't know…Continue

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Comment by Jsparkle (MM Wife) on January 14, 2011 at 2:07am
my husband leaves for bootcamp march due with our son feb 8th. i was wondering how hard is it with them being gone and having a newborn all at the same time
Comment by AshJewell on January 3, 2011 at 8:34pm
Thank you!
Comment by Emily-aaronsgirl11 on January 3, 2011 at 8:20pm
Your hubby knows exactly what he's talking about. He's right! :)
Comment by AshJewell on January 3, 2011 at 6:12pm
My husband is at RTC right now and will graduate 1/14/11. He will be flying to Goose Creek the saturday following PIR. He told me that HE was told he would be able to go down there, pick out a house, and be home to move me the following weekend. Does that sound right? We are doing a DITY move so we don't need to rely on movers. I am also pregnant, and I'm just wondering what my life is in for over the next 18mos of schooling in SC! I am still very new to the whole "navy wife" thing and could use any tips and advice!!
Comment by Emily-aaronsgirl11 on December 9, 2010 at 6:05pm
There are two different types of subs. Fast attacks and Boomers.
Boomers have two crews, a gold crew and a blue crew. They share the boat. Therefore, your sailor would be on a three month rotation: on land three months, out at sea three months. Boomers do NOT make port calls (i.e. they don't pull into ports at other countries for breaks). It's three months straight at sea. The only two bases that have Boomers are Kings Bay, GA, and Kitsap (Bangor), WA.

Fast-attacks are smaller than Boomers. They have only one crew, therefore, they are on a similar schedule as carriers. Out for 6-9 months and then back in until the next deployment. They DO make port calls so your sailor would get to see a little bit more of the world.

The only communication on ships are emails. I know my brother's sub (he's on a Boomer) does "half way boxes" where before the guys leave, their family can get together a shoe box size container full of goodies, cards, etc. for their sailor to recieve halfway through the deployment. Also, they have one "drop box" date where they'll collect cards and pictures for the sailors and will get them out to the sub wherever it may be.

Carriers- 6-9 month deployments. Basically like a floating city. Carriers make port calls, and they have the best form of communication. Emails, phone calls, and internet (meaning Skype). I think Skype mostly happens while they're in port. And like Kelli said, phone calls can get expensive. Emails seem to happen much more frequently on carriers compared to subs, though. On subs there's not a lot of computers, so the line to use them can often be lengthy.

So that's all the info I have for you. :) I haven't been through a deployment with my Nuke yet, but I've heard lots of things and have been through a few with my brother. Hope this helps. :)
Comment by Kelli_wife of JP on December 9, 2010 at 3:23pm
Laura, I don't think you can skype them, but you do get phone calls and i think email.Calling also depends on how much money your sailor has on the calling card..I was told it is super expensive. It also depends on what kind of ship he is on. My husband is a sub vol and i know i will only ever get emails and it will be rare. But I asked a friend who's husband has been in for years and he was a chief.. So she pretty much knows a lot about things within the military.. I hope that helps.
Comment by Lauradomenica (Ship 02 Div 915) on December 8, 2010 at 8:17pm
Hi everyone, I just had a quick question. Although it's quite a long ways away, I had a question about being able to talk to my sailor while he's on sub or surface duty. He most likely won't be volunteering for sub duty, so my question is, if he's on surface duty, will I be able to talk to him by phone? or only by internet such as emails or skype?
Comment by Lauradomenica (Ship 02 Div 915) on December 4, 2010 at 11:48pm
haha I figured as much and I laugh at him when he gets all stubborn like that because he knows he's not one to listen unless he has to and now it'll become his life so he better get used to it quick. plus who wouldn't want their wisdom teeth out for free and quick? With his luck, an infection will pop up during basic and he'll be mad that he didn't get them out when he should've lol
Comment by Emily-aaronsgirl11 on December 4, 2010 at 11:42pm
No problem. :)
P.S. By the time he gets to the dental part... He's not going to be making a big deal out of anything. He'll be told what to do and when to do it and there will be no if's, and's, or but's. :)
Comment by Lauradomenica (Ship 02 Div 915) on December 4, 2010 at 11:26pm
Thank you so much aaronsgirl11! I told him that I didn't think it would set him back because they allow him a few days to rest & have light work. I'll try to convince him not to make a big deal out of it when he goes and they tell him they have to take them out because he said he'd rather wait but I didn't think they'd let him. Thanks again for the help!

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