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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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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!

Comment by Stephen Kellogg, Jr. on March 29, 2017 at 10:35am

Navy Dads -

The life of a Navy Nuke is very tough.

The road our children are mandated to travel may often seem insane.

However, that road and the life experience is beyond anyone's greatest imagination for a son or daughter!

When our kids feel lost, stupefied, or bewildered... stand by him/her.  Let them know that you honestly believe they can do it... A school, Prototype, whatever!

My child is a Proud Navy Nuke serving Our USS Carl Vinson, CVN-70, CSG-1 staring down China and North Korea.

A few months ago he had concerns that he couldn't endure Prototype.  His Mother agreed, but me, His Father, chose to push him forward.

Today my son is propelling one of the most powerful machines ever built!  And his mother is proud that he is!

None of this would have happened had I not stood firmly as a Navy Dad!

So... Navy Dads... stay firm and trusting!  Our Nation depends upon us!

Comment by Stephen Kellogg, Jr. on March 29, 2017 at 10:19am

My comments will only be of advice, Jim.

Thank you for your guidance!

Comment by Jim C. on March 29, 2017 at 9:46am

Stephen, This group is for all nukes, although many of the questions regard training. I think it's important for dads of fleet sailors to stick around and help answer questions for those just starting out.

Scott, Thank you for your service, and thanks for volunteering to add an authoritative insider's perspective. Do you now have a nuke sailor?

My son is an ETN2 on the Bush (CVN77), currently in the Persian Gulf. Like everyone here I'm extremely proud, and as Stephen said, also sometimes worried. It doesn't help when I check the news one week and they show a Russian Destroyer shadowing his ship through the Mediterranean, (My son said he saw the Russian ship from the Buzzard's Roost) and then the next week I see Iranian gunboats facing them down in the Straight of Hormuz.

We pray for the safety of all our sailors.

Comment by Stephen Kellogg, Jr. on March 29, 2017 at 8:54am

Jim... thank you for welcoming me back!

John...please thank your Son from me as he serves our Country!

Stephen Kellogg, Jr.

Proud Father of a Navy Nuke driving Our USS Carl Vinson!

Comment by John Peckham on March 29, 2017 at 7:57am

Stephen,

My son is also a Nuke on the Carl on his first deployment.  And like you, I couldn't be prouder.

And I understand.

Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on March 29, 2017 at 6:03am

Stephen, this group is for Nukes. Student or not, for all Nuke dads and moms. Please don't feel as though you are not welcome here, because you are!

 

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