Basic Enlisted Submarine School

Basic Enlisted Submarine School
Type United States Navy Training Command
Established 1982
Location Groton, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Campus Naval Submarine Base New London
Website Basic Enlisted Submarine School
A student at Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS), repairs a simulated engine room leak in the school's damage control wet trainer at Naval Submarine Base New London.

Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) is the U.S. Navy's submarine training school for enlisted sailors. Located on Naval Submarine Base New London (NAVSUBASE NLON) in Groton, New London County, Connecticut, the school is an eight-week introduction to the basic theory, construction and operation of nuclear-powered submarines. The course includes instruction on shipboard organization, submarine safety and escape procedures.[1] This program requires passing a physical and mental screening. As of 2015, BESS is open to female sailors, including current sailors who wish to join the submarine force by completing the two-month program.[2]

High Risk Trainers

The Navy operates four high risk trainers at New London that sub school classes attend in random order.[3] They are:


  1. "Basic Enlisted Submarine School Graduation". 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  2. Copeland, Kevin. "Submarine Force Will Begin Integration of Enlisted Women". United States Navy. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  4. "Submarine Escape Trainer Completed", 2 November 2007, retrieved 11 February 2014

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