Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes,
- All Sailors complete this
training together. You'll be in the same class as many other ratings
- Physical training is a big
part of "boot camp." Be ready!!!
- Rating designation takes
place around week 5 of boot camp.
- Report directly from RTC to
your NF "A" School
Nuclear Field Class "A"
School (NFAS), Charleston, SC
- ET's, EM's
and MM's each have their own "A"
- You'll learn the basics of
your rate and prepare for nuclear power school.
- Laboratories and practical
skills are emphasized.
- Your first opportunity for
leave is upon "A" school graduation.
- You will be advanced to E-4
upon successful completion of "A"
to apply for commissioning programs.
Nuclear Power School (NPS), Charleston,
- All rates complete a six
month curriculum, but each classroom is separated by rating.
- All students start with basic
math and science and quickly progress into advanced reactor principles and
- Nuclear Power
School is your first
opportunity to be picked up for an officer program.
- Students are assigned to stay
in Charleston or move to Ballston Spa, NY
- After a short classroom
phase, you will go "in-hull" to an actual operating nuclear
propulsion plant for qualification.
- Upon qualification, you will
stand proficiency watches.
- Payment of Nuclear Field
Enlistment Bonus upon graduation.
- Another Opportunity
for officer program accession.
Most personnel will report to their first ship after prototype. Select
individuals will remain at prototype for instructor duty. An additional
opportunity exists for a small number of interested Machinist's Mates to attend
Engineering Laboratory Technician school at their
prototype or Nuclear Welder's school in Groton,