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hi My Son is currently in Groton, Ct. for Submarine School then "A" School.

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Comment by janh on June 15, 2011 at 10:18pm
Could someone tell me what the "normal" timeline for BESS graduation and weekend is. Like what time is the graduation on Friday. Then do they get the weekend days off? If they have a blue card, what time do they have to return to base the next morning? If they are on hold after BESS, do they get any additional time off the following week? I'm trying to plan our trip to BESS (graduation is 7/29). Thanks so much for your help.
Comment by tackijacky on June 15, 2011 at 10:03pm

Hi Ladies!  I am also planning to go to Groton over the 4th of July weekend...I did alot of checking around on the rooms before booking my room at the Ramada Inn...the prices seem to be higher because it is a holiday weekend.  My son graduated BESS on 6/3, and we were unable to attend because of some priorities here at home.  His original graduation date was 6/10, and they bumped it up a week because they got done faster.  They were actually done a week sooner than graduation, and had liberty and duties that week.  I also learned that if your grade fell below a certain average, they require them to attend "Night Study"....@BECKIE....have you heard him mention if he was having to attend night study?  Also, I was recommended a book called Flotsam & Jetsam, by Harry McKinney, Rear Adm, USN ret.  The book tells stories of his 40 yr career in the Navy...he was a Submariner....I finally purchased it, and I cant put it down.  You might want to check it out.  I am gonna read it and pass on to my Sailor, there is a picture of the "escape trainer" in the book, and it talks alot about New London

Comment by Angie on June 15, 2011 at 9:58pm

For all of us that will be in Groton during the July 1st weekend, I found the following:


SUBFEST 2011 HOURS, June 30 - July 3rd! (Details within)

by Naval Submarine Base New London on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 12:17pm
Vendors: Load-in begins 8am at Commercial Gate (Gate 7)
Military Only Night: 5pm – 10pm
Open to public: 3pm – 11pm
Open to public: 3pm – 11pm
Fireworks at 9pm (Rain Date is July 3)
Open to public: 3pm – 11pm
Vendors: Load-out to take place immediately after event.
All windows on the west side of building 429 must be secured during the firework display, between 9 and 10 p.m.
Please remove cars from the following areas to avoid having your car towed or damaged by fireworks fall out.
Parking on south side of building 429 and 430 is "park at your own risk".
No parking in the lots between building 429 and 430.
Lot across the street from buildings 429 and 430 will be secured.
Lots south of buildings 408, 409, and 410 will be secured.
A map of base parking is displayed below.
Comment by jim'scupcake on June 15, 2011 at 9:32pm
Cheri...just curious...what class is your son in (graduation date??).
Comment by Rose7..Norfolk on June 15, 2011 at 9:22pm
Beckie....I agree with Cheri, don't worry too much.  Your feeling could be right but also can be that he didn't pass a test.  They have to pass everything if not they hold them back.  So my opinion is try to find out and encourage him may be he need to study a little harder.  Good luck!!
Comment by Cheri (L.A. FT Mom) on June 15, 2011 at 6:52pm
I hope that didn't sound bad.  That is just what I would have said about my son
Comment by Cheri (L.A. FT Mom) on June 15, 2011 at 6:50pm
Beckie  I wouldn't worry too much.  I do know that one kid in my son's BESS class was sent back through the entire BESS because he got a tattoo but it sounds like your son is just being pushed back for part of it.  It may have been his grade on his last test.  All of the guys are pretty smart kids otherwise they would not have scored high enough on the ASVAB.  Maybe he just needed a kick in the pants.
Comment by HockeyMom on June 15, 2011 at 6:02pm

@Defiance my son has had his girlfriend at the time, stay on base, he has to arrange that, but my son's brother and I have stayed at Best Western, #360 on rt#12 it is 3 minutes from the base, they have a restauant on site, with sauna, pool, and weight rm.

not an eligant place, but is not bad it cost a little bit more then you staying on base

Comment by Cheri (L.A. FT Mom) on June 15, 2011 at 2:54pm
Jeffsmom1380  I am so jealous!  Have fun!
Comment by Jeffsmom1380 on June 15, 2011 at 2:41pm
I'm visiting my son over July 4th.  I hear there is a carnival & fireworks!  I am going to Mystic & also Ocean Beach Park in New London.  Water slides & the ocean!  Groton is a great place.

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