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DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in July


DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in July

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

Members: 762
Latest Activity: Sep 18

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

If you have July 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 July, ...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...

Once your recruit has arrived at RTC, the next stop here is to join the group Boot Camp for Moms (and loved ones)  Hangout and ask questions in this group until your form letter arrives.

Within a week to ten days 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 Security Access Form. The Security Access form needs to be completed and sent back to your recruit ASAP. 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.

After you have received the form letter, join the group for your recruits PIR. There you can ask questions about PIR, training, hotels etc.Those groups will be posted in the Boot Camp for Mom's group.

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

Still waiting for the box

Started by Christine. Last reply by HypnoticPupper Aug 12. 17 Replies

Approximate Graduation

Started by librarianmom. Last reply by lemonelephant Jul 17. 20 Replies

Son leaving in July

Started by librarianmom. Last reply by lemonelephant Apr 5. 58 Replies

Hurry up and wait!

Started by schuylerc83 Jul 31, 2017. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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

Comment by RhondaI71 on August 7, 2018 at 12:51am
My daughter left July 31st, so now it’s the waiting game.
Comment by Navymum18 on August 5, 2018 at 2:32pm

Hello!!. So I picked my son's box yesterday at Fedex ship center and it was damaged, so I double checked there just to make sure his phone and charger were there he had also sent home his dep card. 

Can't wait to receive the form letter!!. 

Comment by Navymum18 on August 3, 2018 at 7:19pm

I just got off the phone with Fed ex customer service no other attempts to deliver same day or weekend. Luckily I can pick up tonight, driver will be returning to fed ex location shortly and I need to be there by 6:30pm or they would re deliver Monday next week. Can't wait!!.. :)

Comment by Phoenixmom on August 3, 2018 at 6:15pm

I would call fed ex number on the slip and see if they can attempt to deliver again, I dont know if they deliver on weekends but wouldnt hurt to ask..

Comment by Navymum18 on August 3, 2018 at 5:43pm

Went to Safeway and when I got home had a Fed ex slip on the door.. They had attempted to deliver :( 

Do they normally try again that same day before heading back to facility?

I thought the earliest I would recieve the box would be Monday since he had left on 07/30. 

Thanks!!... Love being apart of these new experiences with everyone.

Comment by Phoenixmom on August 2, 2018 at 11:11am

Good Morning NavyMom18, Yes they will attempt to drop of " the Box" and it needs to be signed for they can attempted to drop it off again if you call and ask just give a specific time. 9 to 14 business days after the arrival of box the form letter should give or take arrive. I'm sure you know the changes with the form letter being sent if not I will post the sites and info. Best wishes to your Loved One and also to your Family. This could be a very overwhelming few weeks until the communicaion door opens.

The Form Letter will arrive in your regular mail around nine to fourteen business days after the recruit's arrival at the RTC since it is not mailed until the day after the recruit passes the first PFA, which is on about the fifth business day after arrival (later if the division that your recruit was tentatively placed in upon arrival did not fill until a later date). See Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training (FIT)

Comment by NavyMom18 on August 1, 2018 at 10:25pm
My son left of July 27. They attempted to drop his box today, will have to wait till tomorrow. No letter yet. Anyone else have someone leave the same day?
Comment by librarianmom on July 30, 2018 at 11:43am

Beebop and all...

We stayed in same hotel as my son when he left a year ago, and we will do it again when my middle son leaves next July.  We had a great night with him, and had lots of good family memories.  We did dinner and ice cream and just relaxed.  I highly recommend it!  

Comment by lemonelephant on July 30, 2018 at 3:57am

AJDJ, your recruit MAY or may NOT end up in the division that he was tentatively placed in upon arrival. The address in the system can be wrong up to 11 business days or more after the recruit's arrival at the RTC if the recruit failed the initial run and then passed (or failed) on the second attempt and was placed in a new division (or SEPS) or if the RTC needed to move recruits for some reason. Wait on The Form Letter, which now arrives 9 to 14 business days after the recruit's arrival, before sending letters and to know the PIR date for sure. Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening and what to expect. 

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Comment by Beebop34 on July 29, 2018 at 10:34pm

So glad our recruiter suggested staying at the hotel where our future sailor was staying after MEPS and day before leaving for boot camp. It was a spendy motel, but we were able to visit with him some in the evening and have dinner with him. He also was able to fully charge his phone and use his own toiletries, and drop them off at our hotel room on his way out at 4:30 the next morning on his way to MEPS/ship out. We were able to arrive at MEPS in the morning, too, and photo/film the swearing in ceremony. We also watched as they all marched off to the shuttle to head for the airport for RTC. It was a memory I wouldn't want to have missed.


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