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Im a navy girlfriend trying not to be a distraction to my boyfriend in the NUKE program

Started this discussion. Last reply by JessicaB-Sailor's Sweetheart<3 Jul 12, 2011. 4 Replies

Im a navy girlfriend, 20 years old. My boyfriend alex (22) just got accpeted into the nuke program and we are waiting to find out when he leaves for basic. Im extremely proud of him and happy with…Continue


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I'm not a navy mom, but a navy girlfriend. I was told by my boyfriends recruiter to join this site to get help and confidence in my boyfriend, alex's desicion. Im 20 and getting through college with a chemistry major... and now waiting for 6 years for my best friend and boyfriend to come home.
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So far I'm half and half about Alex leaving for the Navy. As of now, hes in a submarine... which scares me and we are waiting for the nuclear test to be released for him to be tested... which i would be happier with. But Im proud of him for doing this not just for himself, but for us.

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At 1:22pm on June 27, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…
Woohoo! Congrats to you and Alex!
Your journey is just beginning!
Let me know if you need any help with anything! :)
At 10:03pm on June 12, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…

You can visit him whenever you'd like. :) But he won't be able to stay overnight with you on weeknights, and he'll have to be Phase 3 liberty (about 8 weeks into a school) before he can stay overnight on weekends. He can come home on breaks, too. Like for Thanksgiving they get a long weekend-- Thursday-Sunday off. A lot go home for that. At Christmas there is a 2 week break that about 90% of them get to go home for (some only get a week because they have their a school leave so close to christmas). After graduating A school, he'll get 10 days to come home. And after graduating Power School, he can get up to 2 weeks to come home. After Prototype he'll get up to a month to come home/move. 

Communication is much better than boot camp (letters only with a few random phone calls). He can have a laptop, cell phone, video game system, whatever he wants. You can talk to him anytime he's not in class or studying because they aren't allowed to bring cell phones into the building. Skype is a huge lifesaver.
Here's the phases. Each one is about 4 weeks long after starting A school. And you have to have good grades and pass a PFA (fitness test) to phase up.
Phase 1- In uniform at all times. Not allowed off base on weekdays. Curfew of midnight. Allowed off base on weekends. No alcohol. No driving. Cannot have car on base.
Phase 2- In uniform during the week. Allowed off base during weeknights (in uniform). Allowed off base on weekends in civilian clothes. Curfew of midnight. Alcohol if of age. Allowed to drive and have car on base.
Phase 3- Only have to be in uniform during class/ while on duty. Curfew of midnight on weeknights. No curfew on weekends.

At 2:13pm on June 11, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…
Good luck to him! :)
Yes, you can go out and live with him. If you are married, you can get on base housing and he can live with you. If you are not married, you will have to live off base without him at your own expense. He would not be able to live with you until Prototype (third school). If married, the Navy will pay for your housing and pay for you to move. If you're not married, the only times he'd be able to stay with you are the weekends after he makes phase 3 (about 2 months into A school).
Hope that all makes sense. :)
At 8:11pm on May 20, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…

Sorry- I ran out of characters! Crazy! haha.

And if he gets on a fast attack sub, they're the same length deployments as carriers. :)

At 8:10pm on May 20, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…

He was automatically offered the Nuke program because of his high ASVAB score. I've heard of the actual Nuclear test before to get into the program- I believe it's a lot of math and science. He probably can't do too much to prepare for it. Not that I know of anyways.

You already have the key to this: KEEP BUSY. I do as much as I can because the more I sit around and think about the fact that he's gone- the more of an emotional wreck I am. Do anything in your power to keep your down time to a minimum. It will help so much. :)

If you two truly love each other, and you're committed to making your relationship work, I promise that you are strong enough to handle it. I had the exact same thoughts you did three years ago (its almost three years ago to the week that Aaron signed his contract). I was constantly on the verge of tears, and I had no idea what was going to happen to our relationship. But guess what, we're still together. And honestly, our relationship is 100 times stronger than it was before he left. 

You'll still get to see him. :) If he gets the Nuke program, he'll have about two years of school-- over half of it is in Charleston, SC. GORGEOUS town. Lots of beach time and warm weather. :) You can go visit him during any breaks you have when he's not on deployments. :)

And as far as subs go, don't be too terrified. I would honestly rather Aaron be on subs than carriers. (And if your boyfriend gets a Nuke spot, he can be on subs or carriers, he'll basically get to choose, but sometimes in times of desperate need they just assign them where they need them). In my eyes, subs are a lot safer. :) And yes, you only get emails, but it's not so bad once they get qualified because as long as there's not some major conflict going on in the world and they're not on some mission, you'll get weekly (if not daily) emails for periods of time. :) And if he gets a Boomer, it's only 3 month deployments. :) 3 in, 3 out. 

At 7:48pm on May 20, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…

Hi Rachel! I saw your post on sub moms about your boyfriend being tested for the Nuke program. :)

My fiance (just got engaged three weeks ago) is in the Nuke program. He's been in for about a year and a half now. I'm 18, and we've been dating for 3 years. I'll be going to college, so we'll be doing the distance thing for awhile. 

If you ever have any questions about the Navy, the Nuke program, or Subs (I can answer some because my brother is on subs), feel free to message me! :) And I'm always here to talk or listen. I know we all have those days where we just need to vent to someone who understands what we're talking about. :)

At 4:31pm on May 20, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

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