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Navy Nuke: Questions and Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a "Nuke" in the United States Navy. This support group is for the families and friends with Sailors serving in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Program / Power Nuke School.

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Nukes: How They Got There

Started by Jerome May. Last reply by Rocco A Cavallo Mar 29, 2018. 1 Reply

Cliff's Notes on Prototype Training

Started by Scott Henry Nov 21, 2017. 0 Replies

when will my son need to volenteer for subs.

Started by andy winkler. Last reply by Scott Henry Sep 28, 2017. 7 Replies

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Comment by Scott Henry on May 31, 2017 at 10:42pm

Most students that do not make it through the Nuclear Pipeline, don't make it due to something other than academics, like Tim Murray alluded to earlier. The biggest culprit is underage drinking. It is almost impossible to drop someone academically. 3 course failures is an automatic academic drop but, other than that, if there is a mathematical possibility that the student can attain enough points to pass, they will be kept in the program until the bitter end. I have even seen students who were recommended for disenrollment by an Academic Board be retained in the Program. The ultimate decision lies with the NNPTC Commanding Officer. If a student decides he or she wants to make it through, the instructors will do everything in their power to make that happen. (See my Nuke School success story post)On the flip side of that, though, if a student has given up and is just going through the motions, instructors can spot that from a mile away. They will still help these students as it is their job, but they will not go above and beyond like they will with a student who is making a genuine effort. I would say that making it through Nuke School is about 25% academics and 75% attitude. As hard as it is to do, you have to keep a positive outlook to make it through Nuke School. And, like Tim said, if you don't make it, it's not the end of the world. The vast majority of Sailors that do not make it through training go on to have very successful careers in the Navy, whether they stay 4 years or 24 years.

Comment by Tim Bates on May 31, 2017 at 10:04pm

After rereading my comment, I may given the impression that the Nuke schools wash people out pretty easily. Generally, if students bust their butt with the instructors help they can get thru these schools. The Navy and the teachers do everything they can to make successful graduates. The rules are rigid and at least early on, the liberty time is scarce. This discussion site is probably the most accurate info you will find about the NNPTC.

Comment by Scott Henry on May 31, 2017 at 6:50pm

@ Jay, Power School classes convene/graduate every 6 weeks. When a class graduates on Friday, a new one starts the following Monday. Tim Murray usually has the low down on NPS graduations since he lives in Charleston and attends them regularly. As far as when he'll actually report to Charleston, that's up to BUPERS. For enlisted, they go straight from Boot Camp to NNPTC. I'm not too sure about the timeline for Officer Students coming straight out of OCS. If he is designated as a Surface Warfare Officer, he will probably end up going to a ship (not necessarily a Nuke one) first to get is warfare qualifications done before he heads to Nuke School. Submarine designated officers go straight from their commissioning program to Nuke School. At any rate he'll probably have a report date some time within the week before his class is scheduled to start.

@ Brian, A-School classes generally form each week. Very rarely will students have to wait to class up at A-school. Being set back in Boot Camp will have no bearing on his ability to get into an A-School class. The only thing that affects that is the number of people available to form a class. Once they have enough, the class starts. They usually have enough people coming from GL every week to form an entire class.

Comment by Tim Murray on May 31, 2017 at 12:37pm
@Jay, if you're boy is going enlisted, he will follow what Tim Bates was saying. If not, it's a whole other deal. My shipmate Scott Henry has some real good write ups on this blog about how school is. The turnover isn't that bad. I liken it more to a pump than a filter. More sailors are lost from the program due to their own shortcomings than learning the material. The instructors are there to help and they will generally bend over backwards to help. Scott served at the Power School and I was a Leading Crew Chief at the 626 prototype (eventually that will be decommissioned). I know it wasn't uncommon for me and my guys to put in 12 hour days with the students to try to help them along. As long as their head is in the right place, they can do it. If they give it their best shot and still don't make it, it doesn't make them a failure. They will succeed. A good friend of mine is the Command Master Chief on a "Gator Freighter" and he used to be a Nuke.

Anyway, they will love down to Charleston and then class up at some point after that. The waiting period is dependent on a lot of variables.

Good luck on becoming a dentist. :-)
Comment by Tim Bates on May 31, 2017 at 11:39am

The Nuke schools at Goose Creek consists of 3 parts. The first one is  A school, then C school and finally prototype school. All are demanding and have high turnover rates. Students have difficult times because of the speed of courses and rigidity of the rules. The study material is classified and studying is usually done at the school. Removal of material from the school is grounds for Navy separation. Students starting new classes are sometimes in limbo waiting for new classes to start. Once started, the students must adjust to the accelerated pace of study without much free time. Those that cannot conform, soon either are washed out of the Navy or a change of rate. The instructors are committed to each student passing there classes. (My daughter is an instructor in the C school).

This is the toughest course in the Navy. Those that get thru it all become certified nuke operators and are set for life since they are in huge demand in and out of the Navy.

Comment by Jay Crawford on May 31, 2017 at 10:46am

My son is at college right now and will graduate in the fall. He will be going to nuke power school in Goose Creek SC. I was wondering when does the school generally start and when would he move there. I asked him but getting information out of him is like pulling teeth.

Thanks for any help.

Comment by Scott Henry on May 2, 2017 at 6:56pm

Typically there are not a lot of opportunities for extended time off during training aside from the occasional holiday weekend. Most students will also dedicate at least part of a weekend day to study. Depending on the assigned study program, they may be required to spend more. The first real opportunity for extended time off will come following A-School graduation when they are waiting for the next Power School class to form.

Comment by Allen Tilley on May 2, 2017 at 7:49am

My son started Nuke School a couple of weeks ago. This is a new adventure for our family. When will he have some extended time off, so we can go visit him? Thanks.

Comment by Scott Henry on March 29, 2017 at 9:01pm

Jim C, my kids are a little young yet to be Nuke Sailors. I just stumbled on the discussion forum the other day and thought I might be able to provide some insight to the program for all of the moms and dads in here who have kids in the pipeline. Family support plays a HUGE role in a Sailor's success through all aspects of their career from boot camp until the day they get their DD-214. I figured I could help alleviate the stress of unanswered questions and unknowns for the moms and dads so they can concentrate on giving their Sailors that much needed support from home.

Comment by Stephen Kellogg, Jr. on March 29, 2017 at 11:15am

I'm a paraplegic man.  I have supported my Son through A School.  I attended his graduation at Goose Creek.

I supported and gave him a "boot in his ass" to graduate Prototype!

If not for Navy Fathers like us all... who knows what may happen?

But we are all Navy Nuke Dads!

Dads of Nukes... Haze gray and underway!


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