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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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Latest Activity: May 18

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 SDmamabear on May 18, 2017 at 12:19am

So after no form letter yet again today, we followed up with the recruiter this evening - actually told him that others on this group were saying- and he texted us back with the address! Yay! Ship 3, Div 196 with PIR 6/23, so now we can finally make plans. Plus I'm excited I know she is in the same division as mamh1108's SR.

Comment by lemonelephant on May 17, 2017 at 12:53pm

SDmamabear, I hope you can get the info. Your recruit would have had holiday routine on Sunday, so perhaps you will have a "real" letter this week. Thursday was my day to receive letters when my son was at the RTC.

Comment by SDmamabear on May 17, 2017 at 12:27am
Thanks lemonelephant. The recruiter texted my husband tonight, put in a request & hopes to have a bit of info for us tomorrow.
Comment by mamh1108 on May 17, 2017 at 12:26am


I found out his PIR is June 23. DIV 196. I hope we hear from your daughter soon!

Comment by lemonelephant on May 16, 2017 at 10:44pm

Since it has been at least 2 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have The Form Letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit, but be sure to double-check the address against those at or Ship/Division--How it Works.

Comment by lemonelephant on May 16, 2017 at 10:39pm

No,recruits will have either the typical 9 Fridays or 8 Fridays. Waiting for additional recruits will not affect the PIR date.

Comment by mamh1108 on May 16, 2017 at 3:56pm
I haven't gotten the mail yet today, but since you didn't receive it, I'm assuming I haven't too SDmamabear. If we are waiting for their division to fill up with enough females, does that push their PIR date back even though they have been there longer? Would anyone be able to answer that question?
Comment by kimberlya on May 16, 2017 at 3:39pm

I am beginning to think that your kids are waiting for enough females to fill a division (44).  My son is graduating June 23, and his division is half female.  Maybe someone else on this site with more experience could let me know if that may be true.

Comment by Mittmedicx on May 16, 2017 at 3:03pm
My son arrived in Great Lakes April 26 and I received his box a week after including his graduation letter. Last friday he called around the afternoon time. He said his division earned a 30 minute call so they all called home in time for mothers day. God bless all our sons and daughters undergoing bootcamp. May god keep them safe.
Comment by SDmamabear on May 16, 2017 at 2:40pm

mamh1108 nothing yet either and it is making a terrible emotional mess. I never imagined it would be 20 days with no address to mail a letter to. I understood the not speaking part, but I feel lost.  We gotta stay tough though right? I feel like our SRs are together which gives me a sense of relief. I have not booked a flight because I don't want to end up wrong about it. The hotel was free cancellation up until the day before, so that was easy. The recruiter said he would check if still nothing after Wed., which is technically what he said last week (i.e. wait until Fri.)  He said the timing depends on the division and that 3 weeks is probably more the norm. 


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