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Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC

As you prepare for your future Sailor to leave, breathe and take one day at a time.

Read OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes To Your Profile) within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and start practicing OPSEC and PERSEC now. You will most likely need to make change number 3 at the bottom and change the Privacy Settings for your My Page from "Anyone" to "Members" (or to "Just My Friends" if your future Sailor has a contract for a special ops or Spook rating) and there may be other changes that you need to make as well.

Your future Sailor may want to join http://www.navydep.com to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer him/her to some good links on there, such as http://www.navydep.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2205, which will help with learning The 11 General Orders. There are also flash cards to assist with learning the info for the DEP PQS online at http://www.cram.com/tag/dep, http://quizlet.com/ (type Navy DEP in the Search box), and other sites. Quizlet has a free App that your future Sailor can use on some Smart phones. Encourage your future Sailor to study the DEP START Guide and complete his/her DEP GUIDE PQS and get and stay in shape. [https://issuu.com/galarzabg/docs/navy_s_delayed_entry_program__dep_... is not an official Navy site, but it has the DEP S.T.A.R.T. Guide. The other links I have give an error message.] The Navy Recruiting Command Fitness and Nutrition Guide will help him/her to know what to be doing to prepare and will give the standards that s/he must meet. [https://issuu.com/melendezab/docs/nrc_fitness_nutrition_recruit_guide is not an official Navy site, but it has the guide.] A recruit can be advanced to E-2 (or to E-3 if s/he entered as E-2) by successfully completing the DEP GUIDE PQS, passing a written multiple choice test with 80% or above at Recruit Training Command (RTC), and passing the PT-Baseline (the first PFA) with a SAT-MED. Completion of the DEP GUIDE PQS will be confirmed and documented by the Classifier at MEPS. (If the recruit does not have the signatures within the DEP GUIDE, s/he may still be able to be advanced by passing the test and initial PFA in some instances.) Working out ahead of shipping can help to prevent injuries while at the RTC as well as helping to insure that the future Sailor is able to pass the PFA. (See Prevention of Stress Fractures for Those in DEP.) The YMCA in some areas and some health clubs and fitness centers offer free or reduced rate memberships to those in DEP.

It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC and that s/he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

A MUST READ for All New Navy Parents within NavyDads.com has some good info for future Sailors and their loved ones.

Make sure that your future Sailor stays healthy and injury free, especially in the last month, because even a small cut or blister on a hand or foot when s/he reports to MEPS can cause a future Sailor to be delayed in shipping.

A website that will have a lot of information for you and your future Sailor is http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/. There are tabs for you and your future Sailor. You will need this website once you have a recruit since you will download the gate pass there, but it will have lots of good information for you before you need that.

Here are some things you need to do in the last month before your future Sailor leaves:

  1. Assist your future Sailor in getting his/her slim black wallet ready. (Buy one in the men's department,

      even for the gals. We have seen recruits be able to keep other conservatively colored wallets and even

      a green wallet, so if your future Sailor already has a thin wallet that s/he is comfortable with use that

      because s/he will be less likely to send it home.) Tell your future Sailor to KEEP the wallet unless s/he

      is told specifically/personally to put it in the box.

      a. Driver’s license and DEP photo ID. [Check to see that your future Sailor's driver's license will

          not expire during boot camp. This is especially important for those with a contract for Aviation

          Boatswain's Mate - Fuels (ABF), Equipment Operator (EO), Master at Arms (MA), and Religious

          Program Specialist (RP). Sailors with contracts for those ratings have had to remain in holding

          in GL and have not been permitted to go to "A" School due to an expired driver's license. Some

          had to get a contract for a different rating or for one of the PACT Programs when a new license

          was not obtained by a specified date. Those with a contract in the Nuclear Field also need to have

          a current driver's license, but not having it does not cause delays until "A" School, so those with a

          contract for NF should also make sure to have it.]

      b. SS card—not a copy (Recruits have been put on hold when the SS card was forgotten and did

          not arrive at the RTC by a specified date. If the SS card is lost, order a new one as soon as it is

          discovered to be lost.)

      c. a small amount of cash ($10-$25) Your future Sailor will be given a voucher for meals, but it's

          nice to have a little bit of pocket money. $10-$25 would not be enough if your then recruit is

          delayed in shipping and has to spend extra time at a hotel or airport due to storms or some

          other cause. The Navy picks up the tab for the hotel, but not always for food beyond what the

          voucher covers. Some recruits have received an additional food voucher, but others have not. If

          you check the weather and suspect that storms in Chicago or another location may delay your

          then Recruit, then you might want to be sure that s/he has $50-$60 to cover meals for up to two

          days.

      d. stamps (they can be purchased at the RTC, but it is good not to have to)-- Don't send stationery

          as it takes up room and may be sent back anyway and besides they get stationery, including

          envelopes, to use at the RTC. I typically only suggest sending preaddressed stamped

          envelopes if the recruit has relatives in another country since postage is higher and the recruit

           may not know or have the correct postage or if your recruit requests that you send some after a

          few weeks due to running out of the RTC stationery.

      e. a few Band-Aids and a couple of strips of moleskin (make sure s/he knows how to use it to

          prevent/treat blisters; they can get these from medical, but it is good to have them early)

      f. Decide if s/he is going to use Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) (I suggest that s/he does.) or

          Armed Forces Bank or his/her own financial institution. S/He will need to have form 1199A

          completed at his/her bank (the bank has the form) if s/he will use that and put the form in

          his/her wallet and/or take a blank check. Recruits/Sailors are paid a day earlier if they use

          NFCU than if they do not—we have been seeing deposits to some other institutions also arrive

          a day early—and there is a branch located at most places where your future Sailor will be

          stationed. They also have the active military account which will reimburse your future Sailor for

          up to $20 on ATM fees every month.

          Your future Sailor can set up an account with NFCU prior to leaving for the RTC by calling

          1-888-842-6328 and get the 1199A Direct Deposit Sign-up Form online at

          https://www.navyfederal.org/pdf/ebrochures/1167ep.pdf.

          If your future Sailor has bills that s/he wants to set up to pay by allotment, have him/her take the

          information to set that up during P-days. S/He will need the name of the company/person, the

          phone number, the address and the account number or if the allotment is to be made to a

          person's bank account s/he will need the Bank routing number and the account number as 

          well as the person's name.

          (Paydays are the 1st and 15th, but recruits must be at the RTC at least 3 full weeks to be paid

          on a pay day, so if you will be paying bills for your recruit, it is best to have enough back ahead

          of time to cover one to two month's bills because although your recruit will be paid from the first

          day, it could take 3 or 4 pay days for the pay to settle in to what it will be. If you are the spouse of

          a recruit, know that BAH has been paid in the first pay period for some, but others did not

          receive it until near the end of boot camp or after PIR, but it will eventually be caught up. If you

          are unable to put enough money back to cover the bills for the first month or so, then speak with

          the creditors and see if the bills can be suspended or payment delayed for a month until a

          deposit has been made. Payment on student loans may be deferred while the recruit is at the

          RTC. Not all institutions will defer the payment so have money put back and a plan in place for

          making the payments if the loans are not deferred. For more information on pay and BAH, see

          When Will the Recruits be Paid? and Information for Spouses.)

          Some recruits have had their bank accounts compromised while in boot camp so be sure that

          your recruit lets the bank know that s/he will be in boot camp in Great Lakes, IL and the

          approximate dates so that the bank will flag any charges during that time and call a designated

          person to check on the charges. If you are not already an authorized user on the account, this

          may require a POA from the bank specifying that you are to be contacted for this purpose.

      g. a list of addresses and phone numbers of those s/he will contact during BC—include the info

          of people s/he may need to contact for security clearance as well as friends and relatives. S/He

          would be able to keep a small address book, but the list in the wallet is better and less likely to

          accidentally get sent back. Now that most people have cell phones many do not have important

          phone numbers memorized. (Have him/her give you a list of email addresses or phone numbers

          for his/her friends and/or access to his/her fB account so you can pass on his/her address once

          you get it.)

      h. Activated calling card or calling card numbers.

          If you choose to purchase a calling card, be sure to activate it and write down the info on

          the back of the card before putting it in the wallet so you can add more minutes if needed.

          If you or your future Sailor has a PennyTalk account, your recruit can use that account to make

          calls from the RTC. Calls within the USA and some other countries are 1 cent per minute. This

          may be a good option if your future Sailor has people to call in other countries. See

          http://www.pennytalk.com. (Note: A 49¢ connection fee is charged each time a call connects. A

          99¢ monthly service fee applies to all accounts. A 90¢ payphone surcharge applies to each call

          made from a payphone, which is what your recruit will use at the RTC.) See Phone Cards and

          Phone Calls.

          Make sure your future Sailor knows how to use the calling card. Practice before s/he leaves.

          Calling cards are available for purchase at the NEX at the RTC, but it is good not to have to

          activate a calling card before making any calls.

          Your recruit will need a calling card to make any calls other than the "I'm here!" call, which is the

          last call your then recruit will make from his/her cell phone before putting it in "the box" to send

          home, or calls for information or if there is a problem. All other calls are made from a payphone.

          Recruits are not permitted to keep their cell phones at the RTC.

       i. small photo/s

       j. Slip a short encouraging note into his/her wallet from you and/or other loved ones so s/he will

          be able to read it in the days/weeks before s/he will receive mail. (Also encourage him/her to

          write a note to you either before leaving or on the way to BC and slip it in a pocket or shoe for

          you to read before you get mail from him/her.)    

      k. a small calendar if your future Sailor wants to mark off the days until PIR (know that some

          RDC's do not permit calendars so your then recruit may have to tear it up)

      l. gallon sized zip-top clear plastic bag. Your recruit can use it to keep the items together that s/he is

         allowed to keep and can use it to keep letters together in his/her A/B drawer once s/he is in his/her

         permanent ship.

  2. S/He will be able to keep a small Bible if s/he wants to take one or s/he can get one at the RTC.

      S/He will also be able to keep a small religious medal if s/he wants (it must be silver in color and

      smaller than his/her dog tags). Some will send them back though, so make sure your future Sailor

      knows to keep it. Some have taped the religious medal in the wallet since many have not been able to

      keep a chain if worn on a chain to the RTC. S/He will be able to keep and wear a wristwatch, if desired.

      It is best if it is water resistant and black or silver in color, but recruits have also been able to keep

      watches with a navy blue or brown wristband. Married recruits are able to wear a plain wedding band.

      Anything s/he takes that s/he is able to keep must be able to fit in his/her "valuables sock" (a tube

      sock that s/he will carry) during P-Days. Everything else will be sent home.

  3. Help your future Sailor decide what s/he will wear to MEPS and if s/he will take a change of

      clothes or not. Remember that your future Sailor will be taken to a hotel the day before the ship

      date for MEPS and will stay overnight at the hotel. S/He must have clean underwear (boxers for

      the guys and full-coverage underwear and sports bra for the gals) and socks at MEPS. Old

      clothes are permitted, but be sure that your future Sailor is not wearing clothes with holes and

      know that flip flops are not permitted at some MEPS. Future Sailors have not been able to ship

      when they have shown up in clothes that are not allowed. Recruiters or parents have made trips

      to buy suitable clothing the night before swearing in at MEPS. Be aware and be sure that your

      future Sailor is dressed appropriately.

      Also discuss his/her options of sending the clothes back in the box, trashing them, or donating

      them.

      My son took a change of underwear that he changed at the hotel and threw the others away there.

      He shaved with a disposable razor and used the hotel toiletries. He also wore his least favorite

      clothes and trashed them at the RTC rather than sending his clothes home, so all I got in "The

      Box" was his cell phone and a set of keys he accidentally left in his pocket.

      If you are going to MEPS to see him/her sworn in, s/he can take a backpack with his/her toiletries

      and a change of clothes for the hotel room and give it to you when s/he sees you.

      (***This will only affect a few, but if you have an FPO or APO address, consider having your then 

      recruit send "The Box" to someone within CONUS rather than to your address because "The Box"

      may take a while to arrive and some have never received it.)

  4. You need to determine if you are going to MEPS and the airport and find out from the Recruiter

      when you should be there if you are. Some MEPS require that the recruiter submit paperwork

      ahead of time in order for you to attend the swearing in. This is especially true if MEPS is located

      on a military base because you will need a pass to get on base. If MEPS is located on a military

      base, you will need current ID for everyone in the vehicle and current vehicle registration and proof of

      insurance in order to drive onto the base. Your recruit will have to be with you at the airline counter to

      get a gate pass if you plan to wait with him/her. Some airlines consider a recruit who is shipping to

      Boot Camp to be under orders and will permit loved ones to obtain a gate pass and accompany

      him/her past security and others do not. If you intend to accompany your then recruit to the airport,

      check with your future Sailor's recruiter to see what airline will be used and call to check to see if you

      will be able to accompany your then recruit.

  5. Talk with your future Sailor about how you want to handle any bad news. My Sailor told me he only

      wanted to be notified if his father, sister, or I were to die. He asked that news of any other deaths

      or hospitalizations, even grandparents and close friends, be kept from him until after PIR.

      Fortunately, we did not have to face that.

  6. Decide if you need a power of attorney. There are 2 types, a general Power of Attorney and a

      Medical Power of Attorney.

      You may need these if s/he has bills or personal property that you will need to take care of or if

      s/he were to be hurt while at the RTC. You can get the forms to do both kinds of POA for free

      online and customize them to your needs and then have them notarized. Craig has a general

      POA on the navydep.com site http://www.navydep.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1596  and

      http://www.expertlaw.com/library/estate_planning/medical_power_of_a... has a Medical Power of

      Attorney form. You only need a POA if you will need to take care of financial matters or personal

      property for your recruit and the MPOA is only needed if your recruit is incapacitated; otherwise,

      the HIPAA form or medical information waiver form is all that is needed.

      A durable POA that will cover both is best drawn up by an attorney and most will charge less than

      $50 to do so.

      Keep a photocopy of your future Sailor's driver's license with the power of attorney. Some states

      must have both in order to use the POA. Some banks will only accept their own POA that must be

      signed at the bank, so check with your financial institution if you will be taking care of any banking

      business for your future Sailor. If you will only be taking care of matters dealing with a vehicle, you

      may only need the form that can be obtained from the license bureau or DMV.

  7. For those of you with exes, speak with your Future Sailor about who s/he should send "The Box"

      and the Form Letter to. The recruit decides who those are mailed to, not anyone at the RTC. Some

      have sent the box to one parent and the Form Letter to the other, while others send both to

      one parent. It is good to know ahead of time how this is going to be handled because the Form

      Letter will indicate the address, PIR date, and password to get the vehicle pass if you plan to drive

      onto the RTC. If both parents are going to PIR, then the one receiving the Form Letter will need to

      share the information in that letter with the other, but everything except the password can be found

      on this site somewhere as well as at http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/ (especially

      http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/fam_guide.html), https://www.facebook.com

      /NavyRecruitTrainingCommand, and/or http://www.mwrgl.com/special_services/itt/itt.htm. If you think

      there may be a problem, encourage your Future Sailor to write the password in the first letter to the

      other parent along with the PIR date.

      You can print off more than one vehicle pass using the password.

  8. Help him/her determine the names of up to 4 people who s/he will be sending tickets to for PIR.

      Your recruit will be permitted 4 guests. Plan ahead of time who will attend if only 3 guests are

      permitted. Everyone ages 3 and older must have a ticket to attend. Those ages 2 and under are able to

      attend without a ticket. This is very important since only those with tickets will be able to enter the

      RTC. Your then recruit will have the final say as to who will attend.

  9. Call and put his/her cell phone on military hold/suspension while s/he is at BC beginning the day

      after you expect him/her to arrive or a day later than that in case s/he arrives in the wee hours of

      the morning. Set it up so that you can call the day before PIR and remove the Hold so that s/he

      will be able to use his/her phone on Liberty and once s/he gets to "A" School. If you work in a

      place where you are not permitted to receive calls at work (a school or hospital, for example), you

      may want to have your then recruit call his/her cell phone for calls made after the first week at the

      RTC since no one should be calling that number. You would have to see if that is acceptable to

      your supervisor before your future Sailor ships and then not put the phone on military

      hold/suspension.

      If your future Sailor has a vehicle, you may also want to have him/her removed as a driver on the

      insurance and look into having the vehicle changed to a "pleasure vehicle" if someone will be

      driving it every now and then or to "in storage" if it will be parked to save money on the insurance.

10. Have him/her help you decide what to do about the things in his/her room. Also, have him/her set

      aside the things that s/he will want you to bring to GL with you to have on Liberty and at "A" School

      so you won't have to guess what to bring. Things to take PIR weekend, which must be able to fit in

      his/her black backpack (obtained at the RTC), include: favorite underwear, laptop, cell phone charger,

      and one set of clothes--some choose a favorite T-shirt or 2 and have the jeans sent later (also

      cell phone after you get it in "the box"). Things you will be able to send later, depending on the "A"

      School and its length may include:  additional set/s of clothes, gaming system, musical instrument, a

      few favorite pictures...

      (You can check on the site for his/her "A" School to help determine what is and is not allowed and

      how soon. If you don't know where your future Sailor will go for training, go to Ratings, A School

      Locations, and Links to Groups.)

SCAM ALERT: If your future Sailor has any bank cards or credit cards, have him/her call a week or so before the ship date and let the bank or issuing agent know the dates that s/he will be in BC and provide a contact number of a loved one that they can call if there are any charges made on the card from any place other than the NEX at the RTC. There have been reports of charges being made while the recruit is in BC. Sometimes the charges are not able to be reversed if they are not discovered until after BC. There have been some reports of credit cards being maxed out before the charges were discovered.

Although your future Sailor is covered by Tricare health insurance from the day s/he swears in at MEPS on the way to the RTC, I suggest that you don’t drop your Future Sailor’s health insurance until after PIR. If something happens and s/he is sent home, s/he may have trouble getting health insurance, so this is one case where I say to plan for the worst case situation when I typically tell loved ones to plan to attend PIR on time and don't think about the possibility of being sent home or a delayed PIR. Check with your agent to see how easy it would be to add him/her back on if s/he were to be separated and if your policy allows dependents to be added at any time, then you may be able to remove him/her from the policy once s/he has sworn in at MEPS and is on the way to the RTC. Being separated from the armed services is not a qualifying condition that allows a person to be added on outside of the regular enrollment time for many policies.

Females should get their hair cut in the last week before leaving if they wish to do so. Have her go to a good stylist and have her hair cut well above collar length and she should be fine and may not even need another haircut until A School. (See http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/SUPPORT/UNIFORMS/UNIFORMREGUL...   and http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/documents/FemaleRegsPrint.pdf.) Beginning January 2015, female recruits no longer must cut their hair. (See http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/ftrStory.asp?issue=3&id=84782. The article includes an interactive viewer so you can view all sides of the hair styles. This pilot program was to have run from January through March 2015, but has continued. See http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/01/09/navy-begins-rtc-and-o....) New female recruits are still permitted to keep long hair if they wish and are taught how to properly wear their hair in a Navy regulation bun. Female recruits who wish to have their hair cut may still request to do so. Hair pins and barrettes that match the hair color may be permitted. Corn rows that are uniform in size and distance apart and do not include beads or other adornment have been permitted for some as long as the length is above the collar for those females with hair that would better be styled in that manner. There are some videos on youtube that discuss appropriate hairstyles for females while in Navy BC and afterwards. Your future Sailor's hair should be her natural hair color when she ships because she will not be able to do any color touch ups during BC. Recruits with unnatural looking hair color, including highlights, have been required to dye their hair, so it's best to address that before shipping. Your future Sailor will need to remove any nail polish or fake nails on both hands and feet before reporting to MEPS.

Females who are on birth control pills prior to shipping should take their birth control pills with them along with a signed and dated note from their physician. The recruit will either be permitted to keep them or they will be tossed and something will be prescribed from the pharmacy. All female recruits are offered the option of birth control during boot camp.

Relax and enjoy the time you have together. Don't start missing your loved one before s/he leaves. Make the time together good for everyone.

If your future Sailor wears contacts, make sure that s/he wears glasses or takes glasses and a contact case to the RTC because s/he will have to remove contacts upon arrival and it will be several days before the eye exam and new glasses are given and s/he will not have any eye correction during that time. In fact, your recruit could be without correction for nearly a week if s/he does not take/wear glasses to the RTC and it could be longer if your recruit is held in P-days for some reason. (The vision exam is on P-3 or P-4 and glasses are received that day, but there is no processing on the weekend, so it is usually about a week or longer for most recruits from the time they arrive to the time they receive their glasses. See http://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/locations/USSRedRover.asp.) Those who wear glasses are able to keep and wear them until after they receive their new glasses, then they must put their civilian glasses in their A/B drawer and can wear them for pictures and PIR if they meet Navy standards. Some recruits have been able to keep contacts in a case along with a small amount of solution and others have sent them back. They must put them in their "Valuables Sock" and then A/B drawer and can wear them for pictures and PIR. You will be able to send contacts to your recruit to wear for the graduation pictures and for PIR.

If your future Sailor wears a retainer (permanent or removable), s/he will be able to keep it at the RTC as long as it was declared in the paperwork; a waiver may be required for some ratings. Recruiters sometimes tell future Sailors to remove them, but your future Sailor should respectfully refuse and ask that the retainer/s be documented. If your then recruit wears the retainer/s to BC, then it will be more likely that s/he will remember to keep the retainer/s and not accidentally put it/them in "the box" when packing it.

If you accompany your future Sailor to the Recruiter’s Office prior to his/her shipping out, walk a few steps behind and be alert as you approach the recruiter’s door. Your future Sailor will have to stop and request permission to enter. You don’t want to accidentally walk into your future Sailor as s/he is executing the salute before entering.

On the day s/he leaves, remind him/her to drink plenty of water because s/he will be drug tested soon after arrival at the RTC and DO have him/her take his/her cell phone because s/he can call/text you along the way and will be able to make that last call to you from it. Let him/her know to call once s/he gets to Chicago before getting to the RTC so you will have a little more time to talk because the next call will be a scripted 15-30 second call and there will not be time for chitchat. There are no longer phone banks to make the "I'm here!" calls from, so your then recruit must call from a cell phone, either his/her own or a borrowed one.

There have been some reports of people taking cell phones and/or watches prior to the recruits getting to the RTC. Let your future Sailor know that at no time prior to packing "the box" should anyone ask for those or other personal items--if it happens, they need to respectfully decline the offer and then get the name of the individual and report it. Anything that a recruit cannot keep will be sent home in "the box" and not held for them until later and they will put anything that they can keep in their "Valuables sock" and keep it with them.

See http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/pdfs/Required_Checklist.pdf, http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/what_to_bring.html and http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/pdfs/What_Not_to_Bring.pdf.

Videos that may be helpful: What To Bring to Boot camp.

I hope that helps.

Check out the discussion Arwen posted, Your recruit's final MEPS experience - an overview of their last ho...; but be sure to read my reply concerning the statement about not eating for a day or two--Recruits DO eat. I also suggest that you join the group, Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), and start checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) there; Arrival and What Happens at the RTC will let you know what happens at the RTC and what to expect.

Make sure to join the group for the month that your future Sailor leaves to connect with others with loved ones who may be leaving the same day/week and may have PIR with your Future Sailor. Each of the following is a clickable link.

DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January                     DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in February

DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in March                          DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in April

DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in May                             DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in June

DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in July                             DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in August

DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in September                   Leavin' for bootcamp in October or

DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in November or                      October Boot Camp Family

     November Boot Camp Family                             DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in December

You may also want to check out »» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««.

 

Many loved ones with a future Sailor have asked about the blue candle tradition and some have wanted to include blue candles as favors at an "Anchors Aweigh" party, so check out Blue Candles.

If you have a young child and would like a book to help explain about Daddy (or Mommy) being away at boot camp, then check out Hooyah Daddy!!: My Daddy's in Navy boot camp Kindle Edition available from amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CXIQ54G?*Version*=1&*entrie....

The Page, What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology), will help you with many of the new terms you will come across.

 

After your loved one has shipped:

  • If your loved one is on your auto insurance, you can take him/her off of the policy. When s/he is home on leave your Sailor will be able to drive your vehicle and be covered without being added back on if you give him/her permission to drive the vehicle. (See the info in number 9 above concerning your recruit's vehicle.)
  • Call and put your recruit's cell phone on hold. (See number 9 above.)
  • Check out the information in Arrival and What Happens at the RTC to know what is happening and what to expect.
  • Join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) if you have not already done so.
  • Try to be be patient and to remember "No news is good news!"
  • Join your PIR group once you receive The Form Letter. PIR groups are posted in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and in the DEP groups.

 

The above information is provided by lemonelephant, the mom of a retired Sailor.

Discussion updated  11/25/2017

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Searched high and low for a small black wallet for my SR...finally found it and off she went. When my kid in the box came, so did the hard to find wallet:(

That is strange because she should have been allowed to keep it.  Sometimes recruits get flustered when they are told to put things in "the box" and send back things that they could have kept.

This is try lemonelephant...I have even seen posts about trash coming home in the box!
But I have seen this happen with the female recruits...its hit and miss.

I'm wondering if the type of wallet, bi-fold or tri-fold, makes a difference.  I know that both males and females have been able to keep both leather and canvas wallets.  I know my Sailor prefers a trifold canvas wallet (it stands up to washing better and he's done that several times), but I thought it was just his preference.  I have seen "Navy" wallets in both trifold and bifold.

Style of wallet doesn't matter as long as it would fit in a back pocket.  And yes, because women don't usually carry wallets which fit in pockets,  when they hear "everything in the box" they could easily freak a bit and send it back.   

Katie, she may want it at graduation.  Do ask her.

To this day, even though I have several beautiful large "lady" wallets, I usually carry a small black wallet with the essentials which would fit into my pocket.  I rarely carry a purse.  Navy broke me of the habit.  Oh, I have purses, I fill them, then leave them in the car when shopping, my wallet in my pocket!

No trunk in our hatchback, but I make sure it is covered, on the floor.  Good tip!

I have it packed in her bag to bring! Along with her pretty lady wallet and purse:) Thanks for the advise ladies:)

try?? What is that? I think I meant "true"...LOL

I looked at that several times and decided it was a case of auto correct not correcting and then figured it out. 

Thank you so much for this list, it is so helpful.

Here is the answer one recruit gave her mom when asked about this:

My daughter answered the question about her slim black wallet getting sent back in the box....she didn't "need" it....they gave her a "valuables" sock to put everything in.  So, it was her decision.

Thanks bg's mom  ship 11 div 44.

oh my stars!!! remind me NOT to search for the wallet now!!

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