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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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DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January


DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for Boot Camp in January. I will leave the year open so that any future DEPpers leaving in the month of January 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 January (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! :)

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Comment by Phoenixmom on Friday

Good Morning all Happy Friday to you, would like to mention that if you haven't please join Boot camp for loved ones. The ladies on there are amazing and there is lots of information there as well.

CryptoDad thank you for sharing very Important information.

Comment by Ceej0347 on November 17, 2017 at 7:26pm
Thanks CryptoDad!
This is important for all DEPers to know. Actually I’m surprised they waited this long to do this.
I have my SR running and doing his push ups and sit-ups now - we actually have contests with all my sons (of course my SR usually wins - but sometimes he lets his little brother come close....)
BC will be here before we know it!
Comment by CryptoDad on November 17, 2017 at 6:40pm

There are going to be a number of moms blindsided by this new physical fitness standard when their kids are discharged in the first week of boot camp.
Get a stopwatch and start them running daily. NOW.

Comment by Bella on November 16, 2017 at 9:20pm

Thanks CryptoDad! Good to know 

Comment by CryptoDad on November 16, 2017 at 8:57pm

Those of you with kids heading for boot camp in January will want to read this:

Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp

Beginning Jan. 1, Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, will require recruits to pass an initial run standard before they may commence basic military training.

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.

If a recruit fails to meet the initial run standard, they will have one chance to retest within 48 hours. If they fail the retest, recruits will be discharged from the Navy with an entry level separation, which allows them to reapply at a later date with a waiver from Navy Recruiting Command

Comment by Bella on November 16, 2017 at 6:42pm
I've sort of come to expect the back and forth, decided he should advocate for himself and then just go with the flow, fingers crossed no delays. He's got a CTI rate. I'm sure your son is happy to have one last holiday at home!
Comment by Ceej0347 on November 16, 2017 at 4:25pm
Well my son was pushed backed from January, for now, due to the Nuke program being full. But was also called to go this month, Navy way (plan A, to plan B to go back to original plan or another plan all together- hooyah!). My son declined for earlier (his little brother beg him to have one last Christmas at home). We were told he could be called every month so hopefully we may still be Jan. Winters haven’t been that bad lately (athough they can be). So hoping a mild one for all the SR’s.
Bella- what’s ur SR’s rate and where’s A school?
Comment by Bella on November 16, 2017 at 4:05pm

Hi all! My son leaves January 18th - Chicago winters are no joke! I'm sure it will be challenging, but I'm probably more nervous about A school! Congrats to all your future sailors :))

Comment by Jesmom6 on November 3, 2017 at 10:11pm

My daughter leaves January 2018 also. Just 2 months from the date she swore in at MEPS! She is following her brother who has been in since 2013. We never thought she would join, but firmly support her decision!

Comment by Ceej0347 on August 23, 2017 at 10:35pm
My son leaves Jan 2018 as well. I'm right there with you as far as the terrified and excited!
He's wanted this for awhile and is looking forward to it. Me I'm going to kiss him that's for sure!

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