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Leaving for the fleet

My son graduated from boot camp about three weeks ago. He is in A school training in Chicago now and will be leaving in a couple weeks. He then has about ten days leave, then goes to San Diego. We are unsure of the details of how he gets to San Diego. Do we book him a flight from home to San Diego ourselves or is this does through the navy somehow?

Added by hjeanharr on August 17, 2018 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Graduation September 28

Hi, my son was changed to Div 380 graduation September 28th,

Added by Proudmom59 on August 16, 2018 at 4:44pm — 9 Comments

A school

Hi Navy family! My son just graduated from boot camp last Friday YAY! and is now in A school. What is good to send your sailor while in A school? He's staying in the barracks :)

Thank you any info is helpful :)

Added by Karin on August 14, 2018 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

UBER gouging military at Great Lakes

My boot camp graduate used his Dad's UBER account twice recently when other transportation wasn't available.  Both times, he was charged a premium rate.  Premium rates are supposed to be limited to times when there is high demand, which was not the case. This seems unethical and unfair to young men and women on limited incomes.

Added by ohionana on August 13, 2018 at 11:58am — 3 Comments


My son graduates September 21. I am coming from Spain to his graduation and need to know how many days is he given to spend with family right after graduation. Can he sleep in the hotel with us? We are very confused and will love for some help with this. Thanks

Added by Yasmin on August 10, 2018 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Quick update.....

My son goes next week for his med consult on the skin irritation that is now non existent.... Hopefully they will get him processed quickly and he will be off to basic before the end of the month..... He is handling it better than Momma.  I have had him wrapped in bubble wrap ha ha ha to try and prevent any more surprises. Will update again when we get more word on his ship date. Keep smiling, keep praying! All in God's timing.

Added by Momsy on August 10, 2018 at 3:01pm — 2 Comments

Not able to meet minimum physical fitness test

I just received a call from my son saying that he will be coming home from basic training because he did not meet the minimum physical and will be in separation for the next 10 to 20 days.  I guess he will be able to try and re-enlist in 6 months.  Has this happened to anyone?  Thank you!!

Added by tallmadgemom on August 6, 2018 at 7:21pm — 5 Comments

PIR date pushback

Just got a call from my SR saying he got set back 3 weeks. Does this mean his graduation is moved 3 weeks back or is he not graduating? 

Added by MShell19 on August 2, 2018 at 6:21pm — 3 Comments

Form letter response

Hi Ladies,

I so appreciate all your help in navigating this new chapter in our family's life. 

So I've received the phone call saying "I am here and okay" and we got the box last Friday with a form in it explaining his address, ship number and PIR date. The one issues is that he didn't put any names down on the page to list invited guests. I filled it out but it says he needs to sign it.

Any idea what I should do?

Also, is there ever a chance to get more tickets?…


Added by SJH on August 2, 2018 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

In Limbo

So looks like I am going to have to go through this all over again, my baby is coming back home tonight. I made him wear long sleeves and jeans to help his dad in the yard to prevent bug bites, cuts and/or sunburn before going to MEPS. You guessed it he got a slight heat rash and they would not pass him in medical without a consult. They told him to take a seat until they could get him scheduled with a doctor. They forgot him and he sat there waiting from 8 til 3. By the time they realized…


Added by Momsy on July 24, 2018 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

Do Navy moms get military discounts for hotel stay?

Do Navy moms get military discounts for hotel stay?


Added by Sunflower5 on July 23, 2018 at 5:35pm — No Comments

My Last Night With My Hot Rod....

I am sitting here listening to the thunder roll and trying so come to grips with this chapter of life coming to an end. Our phone has rang off the hook the last couple of days and his Aunt that lives near us came over to get her hug. My side of the family is at least 5 1/2 hour drive away thus the phone calls. His big brother called from Wisconsin and they were on the phone for about an hour (of course he had to talk to his nieces too)  He wanted chinese food for his last day at home, so…


Added by Momsy on July 22, 2018 at 9:15pm — 2 Comments


Does anyome know when Div 309 does there BS? I do know Div 311 and 312 are doing theres now. 

Added by MShell19 on July 19, 2018 at 2:41pm — 14 Comments

5 more wake ups.......

Just 5 more wake ups, just 5 more sleepy " I'm up Momma." and just 5 more wake ups and my next will be empty. He is so bored and antsy pantsy right now, he is cramming in all the face time and game time he can with his buddies. My Dad is 85 and is terminally ill with cancer and I know in my heart that my son has seen his Paw for the last time and I get all choked up when I talk to daddy on the phone right now as he is very close to both my boys.   My sister calls me about three times a day…


Added by Momsy on July 18, 2018 at 8:06pm — No Comments


Are there a lot of uber’s in the area? Or are they hard to get in Waukegan?

Added by MShell19 on July 16, 2018 at 6:58pm — 9 Comments

Sandboxx to book flight?

Has anyone ever used Sandboxx to book their flight to graduation? If so, is the Travel Plus Program legit? 

Added by MShell19 on July 14, 2018 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Anybody relate.....

I go from having a sob fest on his bed while he is gone to the gym to and immense sense of pride in all he is striving to do with his future. I look at him and I still see that little boy who slept in my lap at church on Sunday mornings. I see that sweet little boy who loved to watch Toy Story and drag his Woody Doll everywhere we went. I see that sweet little boy running around with his Bibleman Cape on. I see the little boy who loved playing soccer. I see my little boy who always wanted…


Added by Momsy on July 10, 2018 at 6:11pm — 10 Comments


Does Drivers license info need to match actual current address and the adress on the form our recruit sent us?

Added by 3boysmom on July 9, 2018 at 8:44pm — 3 Comments

OCS Class Number

Hi. I'm new to this group and am sure to have plenty of questions. My son began OCS on July 1. Can anyone share when we may find out his class number for mailing letters? 

Added by Phyl on July 9, 2018 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

July 7

I haven't posed in a while and it will probably be a while before I post again. My son graduated from Bootcamp and is safe in A School. He has Classed up and gets to wear Civilian Clothes, have his cell phone and take weekend liberty. You would think that I would hear more from him. Nope, I get updates only after I repeat the question and it is as short as possible. I will have a party if I can get a complete sentence out of him. He and his sister text back and forth while I hear…


Added by Kbpoohbear on July 7, 2018 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

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