NNPTC has a stand down over the holidays. He will essentially have the week between Christmas and New Year's Day off as there are no classes scheduled. He may be required to show up for muster a couple of times during the week, but that takes place usually around 7 in the morning and then he will have the rest of the day free. He may also be required to put in a few hours of study time. How much depends on how far along he is in training, his current GPA and hours program, and, to an extent, his comfort level with the material and how much he thinks he needs to study.
Whether or not he will be able to stay off base with you will depend on what phase of military training he is in. If he gets there by Thanksgiving, he will likely be in Phase 2 which allows overnight liberty on weekends and holidays. He may be able to get special permission to stay with you for the duration of your visit. That would be up to his Section Advisor. If he has a scheduled muster in the morning, I would recommend him staying on base the night before just to ensure he doesn't miss it because he got stuck in traffic trying to get back to base. He can walk right out of his barracks room to muster and then go on with his day.
If you are looking for a house to rent, I would look at staying on Isle of Palms. It's about 20-30 minutes from the base, depending on traffic, but it's a really nice area and has the best beach in the Charleston area. Also, the rental prices should be a little lower since it will be the "off season" Don't stay in Goose Creek. The area around the Base has a couple of motels, but they're sketchy. There are a couple of villas on base available to rent, but he would have to make the reservations. They are not inside the gate so you would have access to come and go as you please as long as you are an authorized guest. They aren't the Ritz-Carlton, but they are very reasonably priced and fully furnished. My folks stayed there when they came down for my retirement ceremony. You can look them up online. Just Google "Foster Creek Villas." Otherwise, there are decent hotels near the airport and in Mt. Pleasant. There are also hotels in Downtown Charleston, but they are spendy.
I can also give you some recommendations on at least half a dozen great places to eat, but that can wait until your plans are actually firm.
Phase three is when they can have overnight liberty, not phase two. Has there been a recent change?
All in all, a special request chit may work, although it may be just as easy to take five days leave. He'll accrue more than enough while he's in a school that long.
Tony, that will depend on how well the class is progressing and the instructor. My son was an AWO and it took about 3 weeks of "good behavior."
It was bugging me that I couldn't remember so I looked it up.
CNET Instruction 1540.20, Navy Military Training Policies & Procedures
Phase I - The first 3 weeks after recruit training.
Phase II - Personnel may be advanced to Phase II upon meeting the following conditions:
Phase III - Personnel may be advanced to Phase III upon meeting the following conditions:
The chain of command or a nonacademic review board may recommend Sailors be set back to a previous liberty phase for military infractions or unsatisfactory performance.
If he is in Phase 2, which he will be if he gets there at Thanksgiving, he should be able to stay with you for the duration of your visit since there will not be academic days during that time. The only exception would be if he has to stay in his barracks the night prior to a muster day (which I would recommend doing anyway just to be sure he doesn't miss it).
The villas are kind of a hidden gem. for whatever reason, they don't get publicized much other than the website so not a lot of people even know they exist. Once he gets to Charleston and has a more firm idea of his schedule, he shouldn't have any trouble making a reservation. You should be able to check availability on line. I know my folks didn't have any trouble getting their reservation.
No problem. If you have any questions about the Nuke pipeline, or anything else for that matter, I'll be happy to answer them.