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Our son enetered Nuke A school in Goose Creek SC in March.  We thought we'd be hearing from him now that he's out of boot camp.  It seems like he's always studying.  We're headed to SC to see him in a couple of weeks and he sounded like seeing him for a couple of hours would interfere with studying.  Does this place turn everyone into a nerd?  Wish he had studued this hard in college.

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Comment by Debbie in MD on April 15, 2011 at 9:33pm
I don't know about nuke school, but my son sure studied more in a school than he ever did in high school
The threat of being sent to a ship undesignated seems to be quite a motivating factor!
Comment by JessicaB-Sailor Mom on April 15, 2011 at 10:39pm

To be a Nuke is a very demanding study schedule. You should be proud of your Sailor for finally getting it and finally realizing that they have a brain and can use it!! MANY kids find that being in the Navy suddenly makes them care about their grades and makes them competitive with theirselves and each other.


My suggestion to you is to join this group and ask on there how demanding it is

Comment by zuzzardmom on April 16, 2011 at 6:43am
Thanks so much for the feedback.  Please understand, I am proud of my sailor (aren't we all) but the change in habits and focus is downright shocking.  We hope he can spare a couple of hours to see us when we go to Goose Creek but the Navy comes first,  I will join the group above and get more info. 
Comment by Anti M on April 16, 2011 at 9:15am
In my nephew's class of 29, only TWO made it to the end of proto-type.  Granted, that's three schools one after the other, and half his class was busted for underage drinking and other infractions, but academics claimed the rest.  The schedule is grueling, all the extra studying is done in the school, not in their rooms.  Up to eight hour shifts of extra study!
Comment by Eaglemom on April 16, 2011 at 12:27pm

We miss them so much, sometimes we can get upset when they don't SEEM to be making any effort.  But the truth is, this is the NAVY and all his "efforting" is focussed on doing well in Nuke school . . . which is right where it should be.  Be proud of him and know that he is not ignoring you, simply that he is putting his BEST EFFORT toward doing well at what he has chosen to do.  --Which can be amazing to watch in and of itself!! LOL  : ] 

Blessings and Peace!  And Best Wishes to you and your sailor.


Comment by zuzzardmom on April 16, 2011 at 2:36pm
You guys are awesome.  Thanks for the support and the info.  Thankfully, we're staying in an oceanside condo on Folly Beach and thought we could lure him off base on the weekend to come down and enjoy the water before he has to get back to studying.  He gets really down on himself and doesn't think he's smart enough -- he's blown away by the bright sailors he's studying with.  He's made comments on more than one occassion that he doesn't hink he's smart enough to get through the whole process.  We explained he wouldnn't be a failure in our eyes -- we know he's giving it his best.  This is a fantastic group.  So glad I have knowing and caring people to share with.
Comment by Eaglemom on April 17, 2011 at 2:29pm

Tell him he is undermining his own progress if he talks down on himself.   Studies have shown that we believe more of what we tell ourselves than anything said by any other person.  So he should speak good words about himself like:  "It just takes perseverence; i can DO this." 


i would tell him that he is plenty smart enough if he scored well enough on the ASVAB to even get into the NUKE program at all.  It will not be occasional genius that gets him through, but  his steady hard work over the long haul that will get him through.  Tell him he IS ONE OF THE BRIGHT ONES!! 

God Bless!



Comment by Dolphin on April 18, 2011 at 5:26pm

All the ladies above have given great advice.  It still doesn't take away that want to talk to them and just fellowship with the good news and the bad.  The comments are exactly right and the first time you visit you will see.  My husband and I went to visit when he was in between A School and Power School.  He was pulling watch at that time.  We took him out for lunch and he laid his head down on the table he was so tired.  So, please know it is nothing is just a stressful and a difficult time for most of them.  The fear of not succeeding is in the back of their minds.


There are a couple of things many of the Mom's in the Nuke problem do.  They send goodie packages..something from home that they can't get there, text in the morning before school and just say, "I hope your day is good..thinking about you" and send a card (something funny and light).  Do anything to encourage with the expectation you won't hear much back from them.  Then when you get to see them they will tell you how much it all meant.  When you are down if you can afford it...ask him if you can take a couple of his friends to eat out.  There are many of these sailors that their families live in CA and just can't make it to see them.  You won't regret it :)

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2013 at 7:45pm

Can someone give me the address for the nuke school at goose Creek, S.C.

 and is it first name and then last name. My grandson just went there from Great Lakes. 


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