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Posted: 11/13/09

Ryan has assured me that none of this is confidential, and that all of this information would be easy to find by anyone that really wanted to find out (i.e., it is not dangerous to our Sailors to post this. I was adamant about making sure of this). I thought it looked very helpful, especially to Moms who might be wondering about mailing things or their Sailor's schedule during the first few Phases.

He is an MM - I'm not sure if EMs and ETs might've gotten a paper with more info specifically for them, but a lot of info for all the rates are on here.

***You SHOULD be able to right-click the images (there are 2) and click "Save Image As..." and save it on your computer to print later... but I can email it to you if you like. The former might just be faster/easier for both of us :) ***



"Darla in VA (Mitchell's Mom)"'s Down-and-Dirty Quick Guide to Nuke School (aka, the Nuke Pipeline)  posted 8/2/2010:

Down and dirty explanation of the nuke training pipeline -

* Indoc - 1-2 weeks - Goose Creek, SC - mandatory briefs and classes upon arrival before they "class up" for A-school

* A-school - 3 months for MM, 6 months for ET and EM -
Goose Creek, SC - specific classroom training for their rate (job) -
after graduating they get 1-2 weeks leave and are promoted to E-4

* T-Track - hold period while waiting to class up for
Power Training School - they'll do cleaning, stand watches, etc. Length
varies depending on if there's a backlog of students waiting to class
up. New PTS classes starts every other month on the odd months.

* Power Training School - 6 months - Goose Creek, SC - specific classroom training on nuclear power

* Another hold period while waiting to class up for prototype but I
don't know/remember what it's called. I imagine it's a lot like T-track. (*Casey's Note:  This is called "Grad Hold" and is a lot like T-track in that there are no classes or worries about GPA, they can sign up for college classes thru Trident Tech or Columbia College.  Those teachers come on base and teach them.  Or they can volunteer at various places.  Either way, their schedule is a LOT less stressful than Power School)

* Prototype - 6 months - either Goose Creek, SC or Ballston Spa, NY - hands-on training at a working power plant

Specifically, check out the discussion called Your Sailor's Schedule
Upon Arrival to GC (Goose Creek). I referred to this many times at the

If I've made any mistakes, please let me know.


"BunkerBee"'s Website Suggestions to help you get "Nuke-literate" posted 8/2/2010:

"Read this material:

This was written by a sailor going through prototype last year.

I found them useful to get just a glimpse of the world our sons/daughters are involved in."

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Thanks!! My son is graduating on 10/29 and leaving on Tuesday for nuke school in SC. Great info!
Im glad it was of benefit for someone.. Did you join the Nuke Group? Thats where I found it--------NUKE moms--under a discussion posting.


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