Originally Posted by NavyTurtle
Only thing I am really confused on is how does housing work
while you are in the pipeline and right after when you get to you first duty station. I havenít been able to find much on that. Also owning a car or motorcycle in the pipleline? When are you allowed that?
For A school and power school you will be in barracks in Charleston on the same site as the school. When you move on to prototype they will give you a housing allowance (BAH) to get accomodations off site. They don't have barracks for prototype. DON'T GET THE BOAT
YET! Once you get to a ship the rules may vary as far as who gets housing allowance and when. For my ship and captain
, we didn't get BAH until PO2. This means that you will have your BAH revoked when you get to your permanent duty station. My understanding was that some situations and ships won't approve BAH until PO1. I was still a PO3 when I made the boat
plan work. Its why I could only afford a $12K boat. This all means that you will be living on the ship if it is a carrier and the same I think for fast attack subs. SSBNs(?) have a totally different rotation and the boat is shared amongst two crews so when the other crew has it, you are provided barracks on base usually with 1 to 4 roomates.
If I remember correctly, you aren't allowed to have a car for the first 3 months of school. It has something to do with reacclamating to the world after boot camp as well as proving yourself to be responsible. They do this by giving you stickers on your badge. A green dot after so long of good behavior and then a blue dot which gives you all of your basic freedoms back. I don't remember which dot gets you the right to have a car. The base has plenty of parking, you'll just have to get a parking permit
Now this is all going back almost 15 years when I got to A school so things may be different but you'll find that the naval nuclear program is very slow to change and for very good reasons that you will learn at some point. To my knowledge, it was still this way when I got out in 2009.