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October 2011 Blog Posts (114)

Got My First Letter

I am all excited! I received my letter from my son. It was very short, but it was wonderful to read. He is in on Ship 04 Division 020 with a graduation of 12/16. Got the address to write him a letter. Does anyone know why he can only have 4 guest at the graduation?

Added by stormdh on October 31, 2011 at 9:47pm — 7 Comments

Driving Priviledges

Good morning - I was reading the rules for after basic graduation and one of those is the recruit cannot drive. Can you tell me how long this rule is in effect. Is she able to drive after she gets her permanent station orders?
Thank you for the information.

Added by denako on October 31, 2011 at 8:26am — 4 Comments

My Heart for Yours...Always <3

I smile every night i fall asleep knowing that when i wake up i have one less day to walk through in hopless agony waiting for the feel of your lips on mine. you seem like a dream of a happier time when things were simple and there was sunshine. i look at our pictures and beam with pride knowing that you were always one to strive for the best and now your following your dreams and helping me to realize mine your strength and honor and courage and pride. your support and love and loyalty are…


Added by flipflops91 on October 30, 2011 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Realization hits hard...

So, K's grandmother sent her a present for her birthday (tomorrow - yes, Halloween).  It is the cutest stuffed bear dressed in a sailor suit and sings "Anchor's Aweigh."   When she played it, K realized that in less than 3 months her entire life is going to change and that she will no longer call the only home she has known for 20 years "home."  It was quite a shock for her.  She is still excited - not…


Added by mom2kandq on October 30, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Missing my boy

We had anticipated the day Jesse would depart for many months since he made the decision to join so many months ago.  While at first I was very nervous, after meeting with the recruiter and asking my own set of questions it seemed like a positive path overall.  Prior to his decision to go, he knew what he enjoyed doing but wasn't really passionate about any career path and his direction after H.S. was vague.  When he made the decision to join I saw a passion, vision and purpose ignite in him…


Added by PARTYOF5 on October 30, 2011 at 6:33pm — 1 Comment


House of Jerky is matching donations 1/4lb for 1/4lb for the N4M Holiday Project


Added by Bandito's Mom on October 30, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Finally, first phone call!

My husband's cell phone rang about an hour ago with a number that he didn't recognized and he almost didn't answer it, but then he did! I looked at him funny until he said "hi buddy", then I started crying because I knew it was our son. My husband said to my son that he better hand the phone over to me first. I was trying to not cry because I wanted it to be a very positive call. I just started asking my son questions so he could talk and I could get better under control. It was great to…


Added by salimo98 on October 28, 2011 at 7:17pm — 6 Comments

Box in the mail

Our son left on the 24th to Great Lakes and it was the hardest thing to do! He is our oldest and just graduated from high school. He called from the airport on his way out...tears :( Then, yesterday we got the box with his belongings. So, i guess now wait on the letter and phone call. Don't really know what to expect.

Added by drum4Himom on October 28, 2011 at 11:40am — 10 Comments

Meeting a recruiter

My son, Ben has set up a meeting with a recruiter for Monday-Halloween. I'm concerened of course so I am going with him.

I will spend the weekend gleening this website and any others that I can find to make sure that I ask the right questions- get the right answers and get the best future for my son.

Added by rosepalek on October 28, 2011 at 11:23am — 2 Comments

What a relief!

It is amazing the relief I feel in having received our first letter from our SR--to know that he is safe and doing well.  Even hearing about his daily routine helps me to feel connected to him once again.  I know all of you will soon get letters and feel that same sense of relief.

Added by CareBearWI (ship04 div803) on October 28, 2011 at 7:20am — 3 Comments

Just saying - To those ladies that insist on getting married to their sailor after boot camp....

In the past couple months I've heard about 1000 times from ladies that want to get married after their sailor gradutates from boot camp....

I am dedicating this video to them....(it was from their younger days....)



Added by Craig on October 28, 2011 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Happy Mom :)) Tickets Bought to go see my son GRADUATE

OK Guys i haven't been on for a while cause things have gotten better for me i write to my son every day like i was talking to him when he was here and like just got home i would tell him about my day so that's what i have been doing and found it to be soooo soothing so far i have gotten 4 letters and 3 phone calls from him WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!! he is doing good tired and sleepy all the time but he told me the funniest thing "What keeps him going through the day is the GOOD food at the end of… Continue

Added by rainmom on October 27, 2011 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments


My son was called by his recruiter on Friday that she had heard about his medical waiver.  Apparently it's being reviewed now and they needed his file sent to them (for the 3rd time) and he should know by the end of this week!  I sure hope so!  Of course, then it's a wait to get back to MEPS and pick a job (if there are any available) and then the wait for BC.  So our waiting is not over with yet - least we know that the NAVY is looking at his case now!


Added by flgirltwo on October 27, 2011 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

The Day You Left

Wow today has probably been the toughest day of my life. I go to talk to patrick a couple times before he finally got to boot camp but in the time he was on the plane our dog got hit by a car and is now at the vet's doing well, from what i am told and then i go to work with my cell phone turned on waiting for that last phone call from him to tell me he loves me and everything will be ok and instead my phone doesnt let his call come through and all i get is a voicemail...dont get me wrong im… Continue

Added by flipflops91 on October 27, 2011 at 1:37am — 4 Comments

Grandma received a letter!

My mother-in-law called my husband today to ask if we had received a letter from our son. No letter here, but she told him she got one today. She also told him not to tell me because she was worried I would get upset that she got one first. He told me anyway lol. I am not upset, I know our mail is slower than the lower 48. I am really glad she got a letter! Now I know he is ok! Waiting for mine...............:-)

Added by salimo98 on October 27, 2011 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Tearful Phone Call

Tears of Joy!  My beautiful daughter called tonight.  I screamed when I heard her voice.  I put her on speaker phone - then my cell phone's battery died!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  My phone decided to quit on me on the phone call that I have been longing for!  Thank goodness she called again to her Daddy's phone.  I had a good 6 minutes to talk. She was tearful because she misses us and her dog!  I was scared for a moment that something was Seriously wrong.  What a great night...and there were 3…


Added by Phillies on October 26, 2011 at 7:12pm — 4 Comments

Day of Departure

My son shipped from Arizona yesterday to Great Lakes IL. I am a new Navy mom and very sad to have seen him go. I know he is doing something great for himself and our country, but it is hard to think of that as your watching your baby walk down the airport towards his gate. I did hear from him yesterday when he landed and he said he can call again in about 3 weeks. I read on this site about a kid in a box. I did not know about that and probably would have freaked out to open a box with all his… Continue

Added by stormdh on October 26, 2011 at 4:28pm — 12 Comments

Divisions from RTC FB page

I was playing around on the Recruit Training Center Facebook Page today and found that on the sidebar there is a Discussion tab.... lots and lots of people who may not know anything about N4M site.  Kind of sad that there were 2 full on discussions for each Division, one N4M and one RTC..... anyway, I hope some of them will find their way to our site.  For the ones I left messages for, here is the 11/4 PIR group 

PIR 11/04/11 TG 51 8 DIVISIONS…


Added by Bandito's Mom on October 26, 2011 at 1:14am — No Comments

Going Away Party

Well, I guess there's no denying the fact that he is actually leaving anymore... We had his going away party this past weekend and it was AWESOME to see so many people that we know and love there supporting him full-heartedly in his future endeavors.

So now we can check "have going away party" off of our to-do list before he leaves, along with "get pictures taken" and "take care of financial matters". Now if only he would work on "lose weight", we'd be golden. I'm worried that he will…


Added by allie42989 (ship07/div036) on October 26, 2011 at 12:20am — 3 Comments

Just maybe

My son talked to his recruiter on Friday!  She told him that she was told that we should hear back on his medical waiver by this Friday!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Added by flgirltwo on October 25, 2011 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

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