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

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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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in September


DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in September

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

Members: 569
Latest Activity: 16 hours ago

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

If you have September 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 September, ...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

Son leaves for BC 9/10/18 Anyone else?

Started by jcmom. Last reply by lemonelephant yesterday. 25 Replies

Left for MEPS 09/13/18

Started by Gaby. Last reply by Gaby yesterday. 2 Replies

Son leaves 9/17/2018

Started by Smoothsailing. Last reply by Chitown on Tuesday. 14 Replies

MEPS again?

Started by momof3. Last reply by lemonelephant on Tuesday. 9 Replies

Son leaves September 5th!

Started by NavyMum. Last reply by lemonelephant Sep 11. 12 Replies

Daughter leaving 9/24/18.

Started by RaksAndRoll Sep 5. 0 Replies


Started by MystiWV. Last reply by MystiWV Jun 13. 6 Replies

My son leaves 9/26/2017

Started by Seahawk. Last reply by Lynnie Oct 3, 2017. 26 Replies

Leaving 9/20?

Started by Teachermomto2. Last reply by dtown2005 Oct 3, 2017. 14 Replies

It is here!

Started by Seahawk. Last reply by Seahawk Sep 27, 2017. 4 Replies

Comment Wall


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

Comment by Phoenixmom on Sunday

Hi BusybeeMom it is interesting and that is Great that you to are researching together. Best wishes to your SR.

Comment by lemonelephant on September 14, 2018 at 11:49pm

If your future Sailor has yet to ship, then 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.... 

If you have not yet joined Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), now is a good time to do so (especially if you have a recruit) 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) and then go on to Arrival and What Happens at the RTC. 

Comment by BusyBee mom on September 14, 2018 at 1:13pm

My son and I have been following that YouTube story. We both enjoyed watching it! Thanks

Comment by Phoenixmom on September 14, 2018 at 12:08pm

Sorry for my Typos, these videos will show him what to expect when he gets here, so he will not get caught off gaurd. Hope you both enjoy.

Comment by Phoenixmom on September 14, 2018 at 12:06pm

Hi Kim, and welcom. I have some videos to watch amybe you and son can watch together. this will give him an idea of what to expect when he get here.

Making a Sailor Videos: These videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018.

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

Comment by BusyBee mom on September 13, 2018 at 7:18pm
My son is leaving on 9/17. Anyone else’s child leaving on that date? I’m so nervous for him but trying to stay calm and cool in front of him. He’s been ready his whole life for this but I can see he is getting a little scared and nervous. Breaking my heart!
Comment by MystiWV on September 8, 2018 at 8:21am son ships on the 24th also, from WV :)
Comment by RaksAndRoll on September 5, 2018 at 4:20pm

Hi Moms!

My daughter's BC date was just bumped up from Oct. 2 to Sept 24th.  Anyone else have an SR going to GL that week? 

Comment by lemonelephant on August 31, 2018 at 11:24pm

Deanna, maybe, but unfortunately you'd be found and sent home. It's time to let him get ready to sail off and begin following his dream.

Check your My Page and be sure to go over Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for... with him.

Comment by Deanna on August 31, 2018 at 10:50am
Hello All, my son ships out on Sept 12th for BC. Think I would fit in his duffel bag?

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