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DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in April


DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in April

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for bootcamp in April...I will leave the year open so that even future Deppers leaving in the month of April of any year can join...Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions

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Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This group was started for the loved one of DEPPERS leaving in the month of April (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

We are an extension of the group but not yet- see the link above.

If you haven't been there, go there now....There is a ton of information that you will need and are probably dying Boot Camp videos! :)

So if you have general information that will be helpful for all new Moms, leave it in the DEPPER group, but if you have April ship out, or other, issues, need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in April, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...

About a week after they arrive at BC, you will receive a form letter, with their Ship# and DIV # (address) on it. Check it against the ones here: Then, watch for your PIR (Pass in Review-i,e, Graduation) date to be posted here:

That IS the official date for your Recruit's Training Group to PIR, HOWEVER things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets. Wait until it's posted to do so, and don't worry, you will still have plenty of time to get your traveling ducks in a row! =) Check here for reviews and info re: hotels, PIR, travel etc:

Next stop, Boot Camp Moms Group:
That is where and when permanent Groups for your PIR date and Divisions will, or should, be formed.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

So if you have information that will be helpful for all, leave it in the DEPPER group but if you have issues, information, or just need to talk to someone that is going where you are...This is the place to be.

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Comment by chcabr90 3 hours ago

Right there with you!  We brought home the backpack our son used to take clothes to the hotel at MEPS.  I just left it on the floor of his room.  I know it will to hard to put his stuff away right now.

Comment by AZ2OH2IL2UT 8 hours ago

Jaxlm17- I know it is so hard. I am sure getting his box today was bittersweet. Getting it probably released more emotions. I am still waiting on my son's box. He left on April 20th. I know that so many things remind us of SR. It seems like EVERYTHING reminds me of my son too. I had to drive his car yesterday. That was hard because I could smell him in the car. UGH. Hang in there. You are one day closer to getting the Form Letter, PIR date and being able to mail his letters off! Again,we are all here for each other. Vent away. I know I do. Take care hon!

Comment by kimberlya 9 hours ago

I know how you feel!  I saw a truck that looks like my son's and I just about lost it.

Comment by Jaxlm17 9 hours ago

Hello all

having a hard day its been only one week since he left.

got his box of personal items today that's was hard.

Next will be his letter

I have been Strong but all the songs on the radio just reminds me of him. he loves music. I would love to have him come out of his room playing it loud. Lol

just need to vent a little

Comment by AZ2OH2IL2UT yesterday

chcabr90- Hugs to you and your family. 

Comment by chcabr90 yesterday

Our son left today for GL!  It was hard to let him go, but he was so ready!  Looking forward to the call later!

Comment by jm3712 yesterday

New Navy mom - Hang in there! I know exactly how you feel, my son left on April 4th, and I have cried so much since then.  It started all over again when his BOX arrived, but hopefully soon you will hear from him, and be able to write to him as well.

Comment by AZ2OH2IL2UT yesterday

New Navy mom- I am sorry you are so sad. I know this is so hard. My son left last Thursday and I have been on here chatting and messaging a lot of mom's who know exactly what this feels like. I have cried so much as well. I am still awaiting THE BOX. I am hoping it comes tomorrow. I saw a FedEx truck broken down and getting towed right by my house and all I could think was maybe that truck has my son's belongs. UGH! I am trying to keep my chin up. It is hard, but you will find that this site does offer a lot of help and useful information as well. I never thought this would be so hard, but it is harder than when our oldest went off to college in a state 1800 miles away at the time. I think once we start can communicate with our SR things won't seem as hard. I am here for you. I love to hear about the benchmarks of all the moms on this site. We will soon be closer to seeing our SR at PIR. I know it seems like it is an eternity away right now though. Did you get to hear from your SR when he arrived to GL? I hope you did. I never got that call, so it has been excruciating. How old is your son? Where did he leave from? What is his rating? Sending you hugs and please know that there are so many of us who truly understand how you are feeling right now. 

Comment by New navy mom yesterday
My son left out yesterday. Was very hard for me to watch him leave. We are very proud of his decision to join the navy. Now just waiting on the box and letter so I can start writing him.
Comment by NavyMomto#28 yesterday
@dominicsmom20 and @flordel772. Our Srs are in same div. I sent you each a friend request if you want to chat privately.

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