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DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in March

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DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in March

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

Website: http://www.navyformoms.com/group/deppersinbutnotyet
Members: 550
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPPERS leaving in the month of March (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...
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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:http://www.navyformoms.com/group/bootcampmoms
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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My son leaves March 5th for boot camp

Started by Sunshyne3. Last reply by lemonelephant on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Boyfriend left 15th March, Ship 14 DIV 182

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My son left for boot camp 03/27

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Husband leaves for boot-camp 03/29/17

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Son Leaves 3/21/17

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PIR 5/19

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Daughter leaves for Bootcamp March 13th

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Son leaves 03/14/17

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Comment by Phoenixmom on February 16, 2018 at 5:01pm

REQUIRED CHECKLIST

Click the link above to view the REQUIRED items you must bring with you to RTC.

WHAT'S OK TO BRING

Click on the link above to view a list of AUTHORIZED personal items that you may want to bring to training, but are not required. Any unauthorized or unnecessary items (including your civilian clothes) will be boxed up and shipped home at your ex

WHAT NOT TO BRING

(click here to open and download printable pdf)

Click on the link above to view of a list of items which are UNAUTHORIZED to be possessed by recruits in training.

Comment by Phoenixmom on February 16, 2018 at 4:59pm

here is also a great site to read on.

What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

Comment by Phoenixmom on February 16, 2018 at 4:58pm

when your recruit get to BC this is what you will be expecting that evening Late.

Your recruit will most likely make a very short scripted phone call soon after arrival at the RTC. "I made it. I'm here. I'm fine. Look for a box in a few days and a letter in about a week. I will try to call in about 3 weeks. Love ya. I gotta go." (Sometimes they say 2 weeks.) You may be able to get in a quick "I love you." before your recruit hangs up. Recruits are sometimes given 2 minutes for this call, but even then some recruits stick to the basics they are told to share and cut the call short. This call can come at any time, even in the wee hours of the morning for some depending on the flight or bus schedule. This call may be from the recruit's cell phone or a borrowed cell phone from another recruit arriving at the same time since there are no longer phone banks available upon arrival. If your recruit took a cell phone with him or her, then this will be the last call from that phone before you receive it back in "the box" a few days later. See Phone Cards and Phone Calls for more on that.

So before your Loved one leaves be sure to read the site.

Comment by lemonelephant on February 16, 2018 at 1:38pm

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 get the tickets for PIR.... 

Comment by Phoenixmom on February 9, 2018 at 11:04am

Good Morning to you all and Welcome to the site, if you have any Questions please feel free to reach out. And Congratulations to your Loved One.

Comment by Phoenixmom on February 6, 2018 at 1:33pm

please for those that will be coming soon to BC soon this is a must read so no surprises come into works.

Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) for you. 

Make sure they are fit and start running. so many are not passing, these are the new standards.

Comment by Phoenixmom on February 6, 2018 at 1:32pm

Folks please read the New Standards with your Loved one and Have them to start running. So many are not passing the run so this is a must.

Folks please I encourage you and your Loved ones read the new standards before they leave to BC.

Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 31, 2018 at 7:08pm

As far as the Box you need to be home to accept it if not they will leave a note to pick it up.

You may be able to leave a signed and dated note for FedEx to leave the box without a signature, but you may need to have the form from FedEx that indicates it is permitted. You can also go to www.fedex.com/us/delivery and set up the delivery options. FedEx used to leave the box without a signature, but since most of them contain a cell phone now, they must have a signature unless directed to leave the box without a signature. Other loved ones have been able to go by a FedEx office and sign a form that permits the driver to leave a box arriving from GL or Waukegan, IL without a signature. If there is nothing on file with FedEx, the driver will leave a note on the first delivery attempt that has a place for you to sign if you want the driver to leave the box on the next attempt without a signature. Some recruits trash or donate the clothes that were worn to the RTC rather than paying for sending them home, but if your recruit took a cell phone with him/her, you will receive "the box" or you may receive a large padded FedEx envelope rather than a box. (Look for the cell phone in one shoe and the battery in the other shoe or in separate pockets.)

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 31, 2018 at 7:06pm

If you have a phone call from the 847 area code, or US GOVERNMENT, or PRIVATE CALL, or RESTRICTED, or PAY PHONE, or WITHHELD, or UNAVAILABLE or ATT CALLING CARD, be sure to answer!!! (It is possible that a Recruit could call from another area code as well--773, 224, 312, 872 are all area codes in that area.)

Comment by Phoenixmom on January 31, 2018 at 7:06pm

Just an FYI, if you have a Loved one that just barely left for BC, depending on the time they arrive at Great lakes you will receive the I'm here call, it may be late in the evening, you want to keep the phone close. these calls can come with an area code 847 or a different one, the reason being is they may be using another's cell phone if they hadn't taken theirs.

Soon after your recruit arrives at the RTC, s/he will be permitted to make the “I’m here!” call. It will be short (30 seconds or less--10 to 20 seconds is average) and to the point. "I made it. I'm here. I'm fine. Look for a box in a few days and a letter in about a week. I will try to call in about 3 weeks. Love ya. I gotta go." (Sometimes the recruits say 2 weeks instead.) Recruits are sometimes given up to 2 minutes for this call, but many still stick with the four pieces of information that they have to relay and cut the call short. This call can come at any time, even in the wee hours of the morning for some depending on the flight or bus schedule. If your recruit took a cell phone with him or her, then this will be the last call from that phone before you receive it back in "the box" a few days later. Sometimes a recruit does not get to make this call if s/he did not take a cell phone or his/her cell phone battery is dead because the recruits now must use a cell phone for this call and there is not always time for everyone to make the call on a borrowed cell phone. There are no phone banks at Inprocessing.

 

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