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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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Ballston Spa NPTU Prototype, Saratoga Springs New York


Ballston Spa NPTU Prototype, Saratoga Springs New York

We're moving to Saratoga Springs, NY in July for my husband's Prototype School and want to get to know people already there or going there soon!

Location: Ballston Spa/Saratoga Springs, NY
Members: 34
Latest Activity: Jul 31, 2018

Discussion Forum

looking for furniture for my son

Started by Tracydel. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) May 31, 2017. 1 Reply

My son is moving into an apartment near ballston spa. He has queen size mattress & boxspring but needs a frame.He also needs a couch and coffee table. Maybe someones Sailor is moving out and…Continue

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on January 29, 2018 at 12:39pm

Hi Duchess - this isn't an active group.  Here's the link to another Ballston Spa group that is a little more active (but not much):

The nuke moms page is the most active of the nuke groups!

Comment by Duchess2006 on January 29, 2018 at 12:18pm

Don't know if anyone still following this group.  My son started in November.  Just finished his first rotation of day watch, had 4 days off and was able to come home for couple of days.  Will be interesting to see how he does with mid shift and then midnights.  He has never had those kind of hours before.

Comment by SoCal_Sailor_Dad on November 15, 2014 at 10:15pm

Hi BeverlyS, First off, you might want to join this group:

it is more active than this one.
There isn't an actual base for NPTU - it is on the campus of the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory - Kesselring facility, run by Bechtel Corp. you can use this address for reference (google maps references the guard gate to the facility): 360 Atomic Project Road, Ballston Spa, NY
My son graduated in Sept, but he is also leaving on the 21st. They will have a briefing about housing. There is privatized base housing run by Balfour Beatty at Naval Support Unit, Saratoga Springs - it is about 10 miles from the NPTU. facility - my son and a roomate are going to share a 2 bdroom unit there. A lot of nukes also rent at the Winner's Circle Apartments in Saratoga Springs. lists apartments and private rentals in the area approved for Navy. These are some links that I sent to my son:

Comment by beverleys77 on November 15, 2014 at 7:53pm

So I'm trying to help my son find a place to live since he is now Grad and Go on Nov. 21.  Does anyone here know the address of the base?  We are trying to determine locations and where is too far away, etc.

Comment by 5Sailor1AirmanFam on July 28, 2014 at 9:43pm

Going to see my son and wondering where to stay??  Is there a Navy Lodge or Navy Inn up there? Any suggestions?

Comment by NJ Navy Mom Ship 03 Div 115 on April 19, 2014 at 4:25pm

If anyone has a sailor heading up to ballston spa and needs any furniture or household items, please message me and I'll forward my son's email address to you.  He just got his orders and will be leaving in less than 2 weeks.  He has quite a bit of furniture and other household items that he has no use for.  They were also renting a nice little 3 bedroom duplex that will be vacant as of May 15.  He has a queen size bed frame, mattress and box spring that was purchased last May too.

Comment by 1proudmama/EM/USSLincoln/CVN72 on March 19, 2014 at 8:36am

Do you all have or know of a facebook group for protype ballston spa thought I saw one but now can't find it. Maybe it was this one. 

Comment by ktrsb CVN-75 on December 15, 2013 at 1:58pm

They got a little snow.

Comment by ktrsb CVN-75 on December 2, 2013 at 12:19pm

Looking for information on NPTU graduation for class 1302.  An older schedule says late Dec but I understand that's been delayed to Jan.  Anyone with good, specific information about this?

Comment by Jennifer G on August 8, 2013 at 1:33pm

My son is starting there mid Sept. 
I am at work and not supposed to be on there... can anyone tell me here - 

if he is in Goose Creek for Power School and graduates Aug 23rd, can he secure an apartment over the phone/internet/email or must he go there in person during his leave?


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