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Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17)


Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17)

For loved ones and graduates of Ship 5(17) no critics!This is a haven for the above, not for those seeking to attack those in need of support! PLEASE READ THRU MASTHEAD. MANY QUESTIONS ANSWERED HERE!

Members: 544
Latest Activity: Jan 5


LEGAL 847-688-4949 hit 1 at first prompt, 7 at 2nd.
***Have recruit sign WAIVER so they can speak to you about their case. The hours in Legal are 9 am to 5 pm Central Time. This is only if they are being separated and have been transfered to Ship 5.
If they are being separated on medical issue, have them sign HIPPA release so you can talk about the medical issues too.
Medical 847-688-6755
ADDRESSES FOR ALL SHIPS add division number.
Ship 5
3610 Illinois Street
Great Lakes, IL 60088-3118
PUBLIC AFFAIRS 847-688-2405 if no word from recruit they will have them call back!!
TRANSPORTATION ;Once your recruit has a date going home a civilian handles the actual arrangements His number is 847-688-2767 ext 112, Most recent update is this person only hands over the paper work to the travel office which handles the travel arrangements.Have recruit call when he gets to that point to firm up the arrangements.
Contact your CONGRESSMAN if your recruit is getting a raw deal, it does wonders.
Recruit Training Command Ombudsman
(ombudsman assists with problems recruit s family is experiencing)
Ombudsman info
Great Lakes, Illinois 60088-2845
DSN: 792-3603 ext. 100
PHONE: 847-688-3603 ext 100
This one has specific numbers too
NORTH CHICAGO VA HOSPITAL NAVY LIASON; for hospitalized recruits
1-847-688-1900 ext.85438 or 85441
write to
5722 Integrity Drive
Bldg 768
Millington, Tenn 38054
Phone; 800-522-3451 Mon thru Fri 8am to 4 pm
GreatLakes Web page
go to Great Lakes Directory on that page for phone numbers not listed here
RED CROSS ASSISTANCE FOR CONTACTING MILITARY IN FAMILY EMERGENCY,1082,0_476_,00.html Refer to this page re Red Cross Assistance Phone number; 877-2727337
TAMP (Transitional Assistance Management Program) is a program that offers TriCare standard benefits to separated service members (and their dependents) for 180 days after separation. The coverage begins the day following separation, and you can then go to CHCBP (Continued Health Care Benefit Program- similar to COBRA at $933/quarter for service member, $1900 for family), The separated service member has to call and activate the TAMP benefits. That's it- just a phone call. The service member had to have served for than 30 days and the cause for separation has to be no fault of their own (like a medical condition). DEFINITELY worth looking into! Here's the info:
Here's the link for info about the CHCBP, as well:



This contains all the codes and authorities complete with detailed explanations. It explains every block and every code on a DD-214.


Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction in the Military Services

  Department of Defense INSTRUCTION NUMBER 6130.03


Criteria and Procedure Requirements for Physical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction in the Armed Forces

  Department of Defense INSTRUCTION NUMBER 6130.4

Discussion Forum

Is it possible to win appeals in SEPS ??

Started by TexasMom. Last reply by bnzmom Dec 15, 2017. 6 Replies

What are his chances...

Started by TXNavyMom. Last reply by lemonelephant Sep 7, 2017. 1 Reply

SEPS since June 13th

Started by SHIP 5 Mom. Last reply by nikita0825 Jun 29, 2017. 13 Replies

What does it really mean?

Started by MrsL. Last reply by Antsmom Jun 21, 2017. 15 Replies

Got the call today

Started by Dawn125789 Apr 6, 2017. 0 Replies

Son has not contacted me since the move to SEPS

Started by ProudTnMom. Last reply by redshewmn Apr 3, 2017. 1 Reply

my daughter sent to ship 5

Started by serenasmom. Last reply by 360107 Jan 23, 2017. 10 Replies

SEPS timeframe

Started by gogogirl. Last reply by lemonelephant Jun 28, 2016. 1 Reply

What next? New to all this

Started by Notsonavymom78. Last reply by Emily'sProudMom Feb 22, 2016. 2 Replies

Seps for knee injury.

Started by Brittbrat850 Oct 5, 2015. 0 Replies

Appealing Sep

Started by Deebs. Last reply by pooks9661 Sep 27, 2015. 8 Replies

SEPS--not the journey we expected

Started by A11rightythen. Last reply by JeepJKPearl Aug 2, 2015. 6 Replies

Daughter moved to Ship 5

Started by Phoenix Mom. Last reply by Phoenix Mom Jul 29, 2015. 3 Replies

Son in Ship 5 - ADHD

Started by Tonya. Last reply by Kim Jul 29, 2015. 15 Replies

Ship 05 July 2015

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Address for Letters?

Started by smalltowniowamom. Last reply by jamesjr1mom Aug 25, 2014. 6 Replies

Sent to Ship 5 Yesterday (6/5/14)

Started by SPC Nuke Husband (SHIP 5 SEPS). Last reply by SPC Nuke Husband (SHIP 5 SEPS) Jun 16, 2014. 3 Replies

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Comment by Texas_Mom17 on January 3, 2018 at 5:35pm

My son was separated on 12/4/17 for medical reasons as well. We received a call late last night that he had sustained an injury and was taken to the hospital after not being able to make a phone call and being told that his separation could be extended for an additional six months he panicked and left the hospital. He was classified as a UA which is a serious offense. We were able to talk him into going back to the base and we are currently awaiting a status on his case.

He has been in Ship 5 for almost 5 weeks and is desperate to get home. The neglect is awful they are treating these young men as if they are second class citizens. We are very disappointed in his military experience. 

Comment by BigMosMom on January 3, 2018 at 12:46pm

My son was sep'd on 11/29/17 and came home 12/22/17 due to medical reasons.  He is STILL fighting pneumonia that he had for nearly 3 weeks at SEPS.  Norovirus ran rampant through the entire campus while he was there.  They took away the "buffet items" to reduce the chances of spreading it further, thus, taking away the healthier food options like the salad bar, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. leaving nothing but gravy-laden, fattening food options.  Not exactly an environment to aid in sick SRs healing.

He is completely turned off by anything military now that he is back home.  He was never given a JAG advocate and told by Legal that he would never win an appeal so don't bother doing so.  This backhanded neglect in assisting SRs who voluntarily enlisted with a career in mind is haphazard and neglectful and tarnishes the U.S. Navy reputation for only recruiting the "best in class."  The RDCs in charge took away their tables, chairs, and bathroom stall doors because of a few childish SRs vandalizing antics.  

I hope after a couple of months of healing at home and remembering the vision he had for his life in the Navy will align my son with a fresh focus and possibly reenlistment.

These are the facts.  No negative backlash please.  Every case is unique, but one constant is that the Navy did not encourage Ship 5 SRs to use the resources availed to them.  And they held their mails and packages.  My son never received the packages we sent to SEPS and his letters that we wrote to him are coming back in the mail that were mailed over a month ago and also letters telling him his options to appeal and request a JAG advocate.  Only 2 phone calls while in SEPS as well.  

Comment by Jen on October 18, 2017 at 12:24am
If anyone wants to email me. the one ship 5 Seps group has been moved to a secret group. One can only be added through a current member now. There is also another unsearchable group due to secret settings. I am willing to offer any support. Email me. Best wishes. Your kids can appeal their cases on some of these cases.
Comment by JB on October 15, 2017 at 4:45pm
My son was moved to this ship also. Dx with ptsd..... due to a recent hurricane. We had no damage what so ever and not only that we are not even from that city but leave around it. This is so wrong. What to do now. His heart was set for navy...
Comment by SoILMom on September 16, 2017 at 11:17pm
Hope it helps.
Comment by 2CleanorNot2 on September 16, 2017 at 4:25pm

Thanks for the suggestions - I went on there and have been accepted to the groups, SoILMom. Very helpful!

Comment by SoILMom on September 15, 2017 at 9:49am
2cleanornot2: I am sorry. Yes it's hurts. There are 2 great facebooks sites you need to join. They are very helpful and extremely supportive. Ship 5 seps sponsored by navy and ship 5 seps. Please let your son know I am proud of him. And we will support you on these other sites.
Comment by 2CleanorNot2 on September 14, 2017 at 9:19pm

We just got the call on Monday, SoILMom. It hurts. So much. It also hurts - not knowing, nothing.

Comment by SoILMom on September 8, 2017 at 9:46pm
Got the call today. End of third week. Son says he couldn't pass written test or the physical fitness test. I thought three weeks was too soon to have to pass the physical fitness test. And I can't imagine him failing written tests. He was so upset he could hardly speak. I am so hurting for him right now.
Comment by Lady Bug on July 27, 2017 at 10:49am

If anyone needs a good support group go to

 Unofficial SEPS Experiences      on Facebook.  

Great group that has a lot of good information.


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