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DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

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»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««


»» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««

We ♥ helping you understand the Navy!

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Welcome to the
MEPS & DEP group...

We love helping deppers, recruits, sailors, and especially their families!!!

  • Don't understand the Navy?
  • Haven't a clue what is about to happen?
  • Do you just want to share your joys or sorrows?

Then this is the group for you!!!

We enjoy helping family member with all information or just to pass the time chatting.

Glad you're with us!

Discussion Forum

off to Boot Camp

Started by mamabear3. Last reply by mamabear3 Aug 10. 4 Replies

MEPS then to Boot Camp

Started by KKNOhio. Last reply by OldCluck64 Aug 5. 3 Replies

Completed MEPs now on to BC

Started by spomed. Last reply by lemonelephant Mar 29. 18 Replies

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Comment by Ceej0347 on September 16, 2018 at 9:50am

Smooth sailing - you  got this!!! It will be ok. Stay strong for your recruit.   Take baby steps and TRY to enjoy the day together. Soak it all in. It’s his new adventure and yours too. 

This is a good thing a hard thing but a good thing!!!!

Comment by Smoothsailing on September 16, 2018 at 9:06am

It is with great trepidation that I move on from MEPS and DEPS to Boot Camp Moms. This is starting to get real, son leaves for the hotel today at 3:30 

Comment by blackbirdmom on August 10, 2018 at 12:42pm

librarianmom - our SIL didn't put Hawaii on his list either. He said it just didn't occur to him to go to there. His top choices were Norfolk (closer to home), San Diego, and Mayport. When he told us what ship he was assigned to and we figured out where it was, we were shocked. LOL  Since visiting San Diego, he has decided that it's way too big and he likes the smaller bases like Pearl. I can't believe it's been 18 months since he left for boot camp. 

Comment by librarianmom on August 10, 2018 at 11:10am

Bandmom...maybe they should change places!  Mine was hoping for East Coast (I think because he could meet up with his fiancee a bit easier). LOL.  He said he was the only one who didn't put Hawaii on his wish list and here is is!  

Comment by Bandmom on August 10, 2018 at 11:03am

Hello librarianmom,  I am glad that your sailor is doing well.  Mine just doesn't like Norfolk.  After being in San Diego, where they embrace the military, Norfolk seems very cold and uninviting.  He is doing well in school, and can't wait to get to the ship.  Keep in touch.

Comment by librarianmom on August 9, 2018 at 10:34am

Hi Bandmom!  My sailor is doing pretty well overall, and he did get his first promotion the first chance he had!  He is now an E4.  He called last night excited he will get the chance for some extra training the next few months.  Sounds like they finally get back into the water in early spring.  Whatever funk he was going through earlier this summer seems to have lifted.  So relieved!  I hope your son gets some good news too and perks up!  

Comment by Bandmom on August 8, 2018 at 11:04am

librarianmom,  My son has been in the navy now for 16 months, has only been out to sea for 2 weeks.  They decided they wanted to send him to c-school after that outing.  He got done with that schooling and now is in Norfolk for 2 months for an additional c-school.  He will be done with that just in time to catch his ship for an 8 month deployment.  He has not been very happy either.  He wants to be on the ship.  However we have been told by some Navy vets that he will now rank up very fast.  We will have to wait and see.  Tell your sailor thanks for his service, and hang in there!

Comment by librarianmom on July 24, 2018 at 10:05pm

Thanks for the welcome back!  Looking forward to the next year and everything it will bring!  

Comment by Phoenixmom on July 24, 2018 at 3:10pm

My Sons Carrier stop in Hawaii before heading Home to SD in May, my son Thought it looked like a picture very Beautiful. I believe it was a day before the Volcano erupted. That is Understandable being bored, there is only so much to do. My Son is on North Island (Coronado) and he hasnt even been to the beach since we took him back to base. He was able to come home for two weeks when they came back from deployment then we went on Vaca for a week and rented a beach House. But he tells me he just works and goes back to the Barracks on base. I beleive they are set for another deployment in late 2019 if I'm not mistaken. Wishing your Middle Son all the best! I'm sure he will do just fine as you will, just make sure he reads the new Standards and what is expected and he should have this no problem. But I am sure it will be nerve wrecking, but you will be in Good hands here. Welcome Back! Hi Blackbirdmom So Happy to hear all is well with your Loved Ones.

Comment by blackbirdmom on July 24, 2018 at 2:29pm

Congratulations librarianmom!

My son-in-law and daughter are also stationed at Pearl Harbor, he is on the Chung Hoon. They are going underway again very soon, for 2 months. Then 8 month deployment in the fall. 

We visited in June. Now I'm spoiled for any other beach. ;-) 


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