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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, no last names are allowed, even if your last name differs.  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

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OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

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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DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in December


DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in December

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

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Latest Activity: Oct 8

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

If you have January ship out issues/questions etc., 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 January, ...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 your recruit arrives at BC, you will receive "The Box." The box will contain your recruits clothes, shoes, cell phone etc. If you do not receive the box, and your recruit did not take a cell phone it is very possible s/he donated clothing items.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the password for parking at PIR. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), 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 their PIR date is posted to do so, and don't worry, you will still have plenty of time to get your traveling ducks in a row! =)

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

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

Discussion Forum

Pir feb 3, 2016

Started by hunternavy. Last reply by Dallass Mom Dec 24, 2016. 8 Replies

Son leaves Dec 12th, 2016

Started by KoaNani. Last reply by lemonelephant Dec 20, 2016. 77 Replies

Son Leaves for MEPS 12/15/16

Started by Kimberly. Last reply by lemonelephant Dec 18, 2016. 6 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in December to add comments!

Comment by ProudNavyGirlfriend on June 14, 2017 at 1:02pm

Hi all! I have a question for the ones who were in the dating stage when your sailor left for bootcamp. Did they distance themselves when bootcamp got closer? My boyfriend told me the other day he needed some time apart, because he's going to be so busy with work, working everyday and getting home wanting to go straight to sleep. He said he didn't want it to seem like he wasn't making time for me. I can't help but think that maybe since he leaves in December, he's getting a little anxious and distancing himself to make leaving easier? I don't know, we haven't talked since Friday and I miss him a lot.

Comment by ShawnMom on February 1, 2017 at 9:07pm

PootsMom - Beautifully said. Congratulations!

Comment by lemonelephant on February 1, 2017 at 2:45am

I have left info on some of your My Pages about your future Sailor's rating (job/occupational specialty) or field and "A" School. If anyone else needs this info, leave a comment on my My Page with the rating or field and I will comment back on your My Page. I have info on every rating and field. I also have that info for the PACT programs.

Comment by lemonelephant on February 1, 2017 at 2:44am

It's not too early to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for..., and to start discussing some of the things there with your future Sailor such as how to handle bad news and who will be put on the Access List....

If you have not yet joined Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), now is a good time to do so and to begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) starting with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (some of you have changes that you need to make--at least change 3; make change 4 if your profile pic includes your future Sailor) and then go on to Arrival and What Happens at the RTC.

Comment by lemonelephant on February 1, 2017 at 2:43am

fayegirl14^ and Pootsmom, congrats on the new Sailors and thanks for sharing.

Comment by Pootsmom on January 31, 2017 at 8:23pm
I'm following in fayegirrl4's footsteps...I can PROUDLY say I HAVE AN UNITED STATES NAVY SAILOR and I am one PROUD NAVY MOMMA!! Thank you to all on here for support and admins for always answering us DEP/Boot Camp parents questions or setting our minds at ease. For those who are waiting to ship or just arrived at RTC, find a group on here or Facebook to talk with, trust me IT HELPS!! My family and friends couldn't understand what I was going through but the people in these groups could. They were a life saver. There will be rough times but trust me when I tell you....seeing that big door open up at 0920 makes it all worth it. My son loves it and doesn't regret a moment. The bonds he made at boot camp were as close as those with friends at home, and that's how I feel about the people I've met in these groups. You will laugh, cheer and yes cry together. We're all one big family, NAVY FAMILY! Fair Winds and Following Seas to all! HOOYAH!
Comment by fayegirrl4* on January 30, 2017 at 7:29pm

I can finally say we have another SAILOR.  Our second son FINALLY made it through. His original ship out date was July 19th, 2016 but was delayed 4 months. He finally left Dec. 5th. He graduated this past Friday.  He is SO HAPPY- finally.

Thank you admins, esp lemonelephant, for always answering my questions, even when I should have just searched the site... Im making room for future members.  Im still on NavyFor Moms but now that I have a submariner and a SPACT apprentice... no need for DEP.  Thank you all, God Bless and Fair winds and following seas to your Sailors!

Comment by lemonelephant on December 21, 2016 at 2:48am
Comment by MelissaJPA on December 20, 2016 at 2:27pm

Thank you! My mom is so cute she is all set to send her cookies. :)

Comment by ShawnMom on December 20, 2016 at 12:48pm
melissaJPA, I too waited for the right moment to open the box. It felt like a nice reunion of sorts that way.
My understanding is that you can only send items that will find in a regular envelope with a single stamp. Band-Aids, Mole skin, stamps, etc. and definitely no food. Start planning thatbpackage for after boot camp. In the meantime your letters will be priceless.

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