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DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in March


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

Members: 544
Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2017

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...

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

Boyfriend left 15th March, Ship 14 DIV 182

Started by Maddy Pope. Last reply by Nikki. Dec 12, 2017. 5 Replies

My son left for boot camp 03/27

Started by The1Book. Last reply by Voxtrot Apr 25, 2017. 9 Replies

Husband leaves for boot-camp 03/29/17

Started by navy4khays. Last reply by Dawn125789 Mar 30, 2017. 5 Replies

Son Leaves 3/21/17

Started by laxmom. Last reply by MommaBear Mar 28, 2017. 5 Replies

PIR 5/19

Started by Sandi. Last reply by lemonelephant Mar 28, 2017. 1 Reply

Daughter leaves for Bootcamp March 13th

Started by 1995Mom. Last reply by Navymomx3 Mar 22, 2017. 4 Replies

Son leaves 03/14/17

Started by sjm4mom. Last reply by lemonelephant Mar 21, 2017. 22 Replies

March 1, 2017

Started by DocMom98. Last reply by cjtizzy55 Mar 16, 2017. 26 Replies

My son left on the 9th

Started by Shamwow Mar 12, 2017. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Phoenixmom on December 21, 2017 at 1:33pm

To guesstimate the PIR date, count 9 Fridays after your recruit arrived to get the most likely PIR (graduation) date, but then know that it could be the week before if s/he is placed in one of the last divisions from the previous week and is in a "Push Division" (this happens more for those arriving on Monday or Tuesday, but even those arriving on a Wednesday can end up in a Push Division if there were delays in shipping recruits to the RTC) or the week after it if the current week's divisions are filled (this happens more for those arriving on Wednesday or Thursday or in the wee hours of Friday if the RTC skips a week and does not have PIR, which happens most often around the Christmas and New Year's holidays, but it can happen anytime; it can also happen if there were storms that caused flight delays anytime during the week, which changed the arrival dates for some and/or resulted in some recruits who are bused in to receive an earlier ship date thus increasing the number of recruits arriving that week; it happens often for recruits arriving in June, July, August and September when a lot of recruits are shipped who signed up prior to or at the beginning of their senior year of high school). It is more likely for a recruit to be at the RTC for 8 or 9 Fridays than for 10 Fridays. Counting Fridays until PIR may also help to make the time pass more easily than counting days

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 13, 2017 at 12:08pm
Comment by Phoenixmom on December 13, 2017 at 12:06pm
Comment by lemonelephant on March 28, 2017 at 11:39pm

Reasons to wait on The Form Letter before sending letters:

1. The PAO at the RTC asks that loved ones wait on the form letter before mailing letters. See

2. The recruiter does not always give the right address and letters that do not have the correct address may be returned or may be delayed several weeks in getting to your recruit since it will not be a high priority for those in the mail room to look up the correct information.

3. Even if you do have the correct information, your recruit will not receive letters that are mailed before receiving the form letter much quicker, if at all, than letters mailed after receiving the form letter because recruits do not receive mail until they are in their permanent ship and a Recruit Mail Petty Officer is trained. The first Mail Call is on day 1-3 or 1-4 DOT.


Note: If it has been at least 2 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have a 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 Sandi on March 27, 2017 at 2:24pm
My daughter left on 3/20 and I got her box last Thursday, which had amazingly neat handwriting on it. Lol. I'm hoping to get the Form letter this week. I called the recruiter last week and got her address and he ok'd me to go ahead and write her. I hope to get something from her soon. :-).
Her PIR is 5/19. I can't wait!!
Comment by BabyintheNavy on March 26, 2017 at 4:15am
My daughter left 3/20, I got her box Friday. Can't wait for the letter. Proud Navy Mom
Comment by Karen on March 23, 2017 at 1:34pm

My son left for bc on Monday 3/20. I received "the box" today via Fed Ex. Had to be signed for since he was sending his cell phone back home. Got a really sickening feeling when I turned the box over and saw a big hole the size of a fist or foot spanning the whole side of the box. Thank God that he put the cell phone in the pocket of his backpack and not in his shoe. The box had the big S on the tape mark as expected to ensure that the box had been taped and not opened and retaped. Yes the pant legs were still rolled up. Now to wait for the letter with his address.

Comment by SailorMom on March 21, 2017 at 6:57pm

My son leaves for boot-camp March 28th. I am getting so nervous but he is so excited to go. I keep trying to go over check list and he is like mom I know what I need etc... I just want to make sure we are covering all basis. I am a mom what does he expect!

Comment by Jan on March 12, 2017 at 12:15am
My son leaves in 2 weeks. If it helps at all, this is my second go around. Other son went into the Marines. They are really busy in bootcamp and the time will go quickly for you too. No news is usually good news and you will be planning for PIR in no time wondering where the time went. Treat yourselves to something special....pedicure. Starbucks, day trip, movie......
Comment by CeCe on March 11, 2017 at 11:12pm

squirel69- mine is leaving a bit after that. Anxious for sure.  Sleep is difficult and just trying to take it one day at a time.  I'll be thinking of you and your son.


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