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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. 

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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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Nuke Wives

All wives of Nuclear Engineers: DISCUSS your questions or woes or good news here!

Location: Goose Creek, SC
Members: 90
Latest Activity: Apr 29, 2018

Discussion Forum

I'm so confused!?!?

Started by MrsBuzzy. Last reply by NukeWife Apr 29, 2018. 2 Replies

My husband's PIR is 04/29... He is a MM and will be going to A school in Goose Creek, SC.He gave me the impression that he will be in SC for a few days then come home to move me...Other wives have…Continue

I need help

Started by Ruby12. Last reply by Paigeeeeable Jul 15, 2015. 2 Replies

My husband just left for boot camp and he will graduate july 19th if everything goes as planned and then i was told that his A school will be in Chicago but i looked up the schooling for a nuke and…Continue

Please help

Started by Ruby12 May 29, 2013. 0 Replies

my husband just went to boot camp and graduates july 19th and they told me that his A school is in chicago and not sure . i want to move with him during his /a school and live with him form this…Continue

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Comment by Paigeeeeable on March 10, 2016 at 9:05am
Ashley if you have more questions feel free to message me I'm currently still in Charleston while my husband is in nuke school :)
Comment by Paigeeeeable on March 10, 2016 at 9:04am
Hey girl my friends just did this here. They got married over school stand down which is around christmas and New Years time. Once you guys have the marriage certificate you can apply for base housing or off base housing. There's no waiting to get married one guy got married right after he got here at the court house here in Charleston.
Comment by Ashley on March 10, 2016 at 3:21am
@NavyWife0412 that is where mine is going as well! Thank you for sharing your experience.
Comment by NavyWife0412 on March 10, 2016 at 1:43am
Hey Ashley...we were in a similar situation and I can try to answer your questions. We were going to wait to get married until after he finished prototype, but we decided to get married a little earlier also.

I don't know if there's a specific waiting period for getting married. After Boot Camp, mine went to South Carolina and we got married about four months later after he finished A School. We waited because that was when he had time to take a few days of leave, so I don't think there's a Navy rule for waiting (someone correct me if I'm wrong).

Once you're married, he will qualify for BAH and you can get housing together. If he's in A School, Power School, or Prototype, you won't see him much because the hours are tough...but you can live together.

I hope that helps.
Comment by Ashley on March 10, 2016 at 1:30am
I have never used this before but I don't know anyone that has been in my situation. Someone told me this website could be helpful to me. I'm sure my concerns have been asked about a million times but my significant other was unable to get all of the information we needed before he left for boot camp and now I'm left here wondering while he is gone. I never realized how hard it would be to be away from him. We originally planned to wait at least a year to get married and try to move back in together due to my work but recently I have realized I would prefer to be with him as much or as soon as possible. I know that he will be very busy with school and such but I would like to see him as much as I can. I know there will be a lot of rules. I'm not even sure what all I need to know yet. But I was wondering if anyone could give me advice and answer a few questions for me.
1. I'm sure you have to wait a little while before you can get married after boot camp. How does that work?
2. Would we have to live separate for awhile and only see each other on weekends at first?
Comment by navywife125 on July 15, 2015 at 4:29pm

Hi Paige-sent you a friend request.  My husband has completed the pipeline and we are 2 years into actual Navy life :-).  If you add me I can message you and also try to answer any other questions you may have.  

Comment by Paigeeeeable on July 15, 2015 at 4:12pm
Hey I was wondering if anyone could help me make this process easier for me and my husband he will be going into A school after boot camp he graduated on 28 we are suppose to move to charleston to get base helping and the recruiters aren't any help do I have to sign up for base housing I how does all of this work in so confused.
Comment by Ruby12 on May 29, 2013 at 3:15pm

i was wondering when i go live with my hubby during is A school is there a long waiting list for that and is there any thing i can do to speed up the process 

Comment by NF Mom on May 3, 2013 at 11:47pm

My husband, who is former military, warned me about giving advice to people about housing, moving and marriage in the military.

There is a wrong way, a right way, and a military way to move wives and rent houses.

Doing it the right way the military will pay for your move and most of the cost of you driving your cars and most ( perhaps all ) of your costs of setting up a household.

If you get in a hurry and do not follow the rules it will cost you both money and in a worse case damage a military career ( all though that is apparently unlikely ).

Example: my son received somewhere in the range of $1, 000 to $1,2000 dollars as compensation for the incidental expenses of setting up a household, and he was not even married.  That payment would be in addition to moving and other expenses.

Sailors must get permission from their commanders to get married, or even to bring their wives to their base and live off base with them.

The permission is almost automatic, but they can require them to receive training and counseling, prior to giving permission.  That can take days or even weeks.

I have never been a military wife. So, please do not get in too much of a hurry and just show up, but the more information you gather, the smarter the decision you will make.

My understanding, and this may be wrong, is the sailor must get a liberty or leave to go back home and move his himself and his spouse as part of his moving his household from place of enlistment to his first base.  But that may be wrong, in whole, or in part.

Comment by NF Mom on May 3, 2013 at 10:56pm

Married  housing at Goose Creek was plentiful ( as in more than they needed for married personnel - and they were offering it to singles who are forced to move out of the Barracks when they transfer to the prototype command at Goose Creek), but that was a year ago now, so things may have changed.

Married housing at Goose Creek is also superior to living off base for Nukes who must commute multiple times a day - to base.

Married base housing at Goose Creek ( actually PPV housing not technically Navy owned ), at least where my son lived, was right down the road from both the NNPTC campus ( A-School and Power School ) and a little further down the same road from prototype.

The housing was also outside the secure gates - so visitors did not have to go through security, but still on base so it was patrolled by Ari Force Police.

The off base housing ( Civilian owned and managed - not PPV )  - near the base is lower end ( think bed bugs ) and in more of high crime areas - there are very nice off base areas further from base - but it takes longer to commute to A-school and Power School and even longer to prototype.

The address my son formerly lived at was

if you want to Google map it...
you can get directions from the house to NNPTC ( for A-School and Power School )
or directions from the house to NNPTU ( for prototype )
Google maps is so cool :)  - at least it is for us "old folks"
The PPV housing also covers all utilities in the rent and must accept what the Sailor receives as BAH for rent ( as I understood how it worked ).
Of course the Sailor must actually receive BAH and he must pay rent by payroll deduction.
Any way it is a great deal for married Sailors given the other options for housing, and the distance and the condition of off base housing.
Hope this helps answer some of the questions.

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