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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.

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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."

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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


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Submarine Schooling in Its Various Forms

Written by  Mark


The school at Groton, CT (often called "Sub School”) is officially Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS).  It typically lasts 7-8 weeks, six of which is actual schooling.  BESS covers some crucial topics, namely fire-fighting and combating flooding.  Enlisted nukes receive that specific training shortly after reporting to their first boat, but don't go to Groton for it, unless their boat is home-ported there.  Each submarine base has a training department for that sort of training.  Most of BESS is a very basic overview of submarine systems, which any nuke who has successfully completed prototype training will breeze through and readily pick up in the submarine qualification process.

The so-called ‘technical’ submarine ratings receive their A-school training after BESS, and can last up to eight months.  These include:

  • the SECF group of Electronics Techs (all varieties),
  • the Mechanics (torpedomen and auxiliarymen),
  • and the Missile Techs (found only on boomers).

Since all those A-schools (except Missile Tech C-school) are also in Groton, many folks mistakenly assume they are part of BESS.

‘Non-technical’ submarine ratings, such as yeomen, logistics specialists, and culinary specialists, complete their A-schools before going to Groton.  They attend BESS alongside their technical-rated shipmates and report to a boat upon its completion.

“Nucs” or “Nukes” (those who operate the reactor and propulsion plant) comprise about one-third of a submarine's enlisted crew and never attend BESS.  They report to a boat after completing A-school and nuclear power school (both in Goose Creek, SC); then plant prototype training in either Goose Creek or Ballston Spa, NY.

Officers also go to a sub school exclusively for them (there's both a basic and an advanced), abbreviated as SOBC, and SOAC respectively.  After completing the officer side of the nuclear pipeline, they apparently find the basic course to be a nice vacation prior to reporting to their first boat.  The main reason officers, but no enlisted nukes attend a separate sub school is because they must receive an introduction to the unique ship-handling issues of a submarine - since only officers ever "have the conn," or give orders to "drive" the boat.

Attaining dolphins (qualifying on submarines), contrary to popularly held belief does not qualify a submariner to do everything on a boat. Modern day submarines are too complex for that - the enlisted submarine qual simply means they have the "broad strokes." 

“Classing up” is the process of waiting for enough personnel to arrive at a training site, so that a minimum required class size is met and schooling can begin.

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