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My son left for BC on 2/26/18

My son left for boot camp on 2/26/18. Still no address has been giving to me as of today :(. Does anyone know about how long it takes to receive their address? 

Added by Carol Nav18 on March 9, 2018 at 2:30pm — 25 Comments

Feeling like a bad mom

Good morning to all the wonderful moms out there. My son has been stationed away for more than 7 months. Because of where he is I get a phone call or a message when ever he can. It’s really hard when you are not hearing from your kid and knowing we talked everyday. His schedule changes all the time and the comfort was that in June he would be back here and stationed where I can travel often to see him. But now that’s not happening he said maybe the end of the year. He has changed a lot since…


Added by Lisa on March 8, 2018 at 8:02am — 10 Comments

Today starts our journey - MEPS Baltimore

Today (February 21, 2018) my just turned 18 year old son reported to MEPS for his delayed entry processing.  He was escorted down to Baltimore yesterday by his recruiter and 2 other recruits.  They checked into the hotel about 4.  He was excited to meet new female friend at the hotel who was also going to be processed.  They went to the mall and walked around, got a bite to eat, before returning back to the hotel.  He text me this morning about 4am, said that he was going to get a shower,…


Added by NewNavyMom from DE on February 21, 2018 at 1:50pm — 3 Comments

Failed run time on final PFA

Does anyone have any upbeat words of encouragement, I am really sad me son failed his final run on PFA?

Added by Cdolldonna on February 5, 2018 at 9:40pm — 9 Comments

Lost & Confused

Help.... Sent a question... Dont see it nowhere... Lost on how to get involved for help

Added by ProudNavyMom on January 24, 2018 at 1:25pm — 5 Comments

Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp

Here is the link to follow to read about the new standard:

Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp

In a nutshell... starting January 1 of 2018, ALL Recruits will be required to pass an initial run standard BEFORE they commence basic military training. If they do not pass the initial run standard…


Added by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on January 18, 2018 at 6:22pm — 4 Comments

Travel using Sandboxx app??

Has anyone used Sandboxx to book their travel?? Our son is at BC in Great Lakes and we are trying to make our travel arrangements for February 2018. Sandboxx claims that if our graduation date is changed, there is no rebooking fee. If it is canceled, then we will receive 100% of the base cost of the ticket. Advice is greatly appreciated!!! 

Added by ChandlersMom on December 29, 2017 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

MCPON Addresses PFA Separations

Date: Dec 21, 2017

Effective immediately:

* All commands will discontinue processing members for separation as a result of PFA failures.

* Separation orders resulting from PFA failures prior to Soft End of Active Obligated Service (SEAOS) with approved dates after March 31, 2018 are…


Added by Kaye S. on December 23, 2017 at 7:41pm — 5 Comments

New Journey

My son left on November 29th and we did the best we could to have an early Christmas that included him, It still will not be the same without him here on Christmas I have received my second letter today and I’m so glad he is doing well feeling strong and committed... I am a happy mom :) I can’t wait to be there to see him graduating...such a new and exciting journey for us both.

Added by CJB’sMom on December 22, 2017 at 10:05pm — No Comments


Hi MorningSun:

It will take awhile for you to get mail my FS left on 11/9 and I did not get anything until 11/19/2017, and

that was just his address to write to.  He did not get any letters from me (20) in all until 12/2/17.  All I can say is be patient.  If all goes right you will get a call after three weeks.

Hope this helps!


Added by Silliesmom2017 on December 15, 2017 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Christmas Packages

My daughter left November 28th.  I have sent letters daily.  Have not received anything back as of yet.  Wondering if anyone knows if we can send them a Christmas care package and what we are allowed to put in it?  I was hoping to hear from her with this info but time is of the essence now.  Thanks for input regarding this.

Added by MorningSun on December 14, 2017 at 3:49pm — 9 Comments

Ready to go!

Thank you for the info Phoenixmom!  I booked flights today, and hotel anyone interested the Homewood Suites by Hilton at 10 Westminister has rooms for $85.00 per might (includes Breakfast  7 days a week and Dinner M-THU) with beer and wine included. 1-847-945-9300 12 mins from location.  Sounded like a great deal to me. room is equipped so you can cook too, if you want to.

See ya there 1/5/2018


Added by Silliesmom2017 on December 13, 2017 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

Any one else love one leaving march to Chicago for basic

I am kinda scared i know hardly nothing about the navy.

Added by Nikki. on December 12, 2017 at 9:13pm — 16 Comments

Graduation set for Jan 5, 2018

My FS letter said his graduation day was 1/5/2017.  It is now 23 days away, and I have not made any reservations, in fear that he may be held back.  Does anyone know if there is a time frame in which we should have received notification, that he is being held back?  All flights are non refundable and hotels too.  Not rich, can't afford to loose money. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.



Added by Silliesmom2017 on December 12, 2017 at 4:03pm — 5 Comments

Navy separations

My husband is in separations for hepatitis C would he be able to fight this case, hepatitis C is curable

Added by Opall2017 on December 9, 2017 at 2:16pm — 4 Comments

Playing Speak Out!

Madison got the game Speak Out for us and then went on deployment. So when she got back we finally got together and played the game. What laughter and fun it was! Trying to talk and say the phrases on the cards with the mouthpieces in our mouths was a…

Added by John and Yvonne on December 3, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Letters not being delivered????

Hi everybody:  has anyone else's FS said they are not receiving letters?  I have received three from my son and they have arrived in like three day.  He however, has not received any of the seventeen I have mailed to him starting on 11/20/17.  I started writing letters after he said he arrived and was safe. I received his address on the 17th of November and I mailed all the letters individually on 11/20/17.

please let me know if anyone knows the reason why or has this same…


Added by Silliesmom2017 on December 1, 2017 at 4:45pm — 11 Comments

What a crazy 24 hours!

My son was supposed to ship out mid-January, 2018, but he got a call from his Section Chief on Monday telling him he was on stand-by to ship out on Wednesday . . . this Wednesday!  Then he got the call about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday that he needed to be at the recruiter's office (about 30 miles away) and then to the hotel (about another 30 miles away) by 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night.  My son called me at work, I said "Bye!" to my very understanding bosses and co-workers, texted my husband (a teacher…


Added by Zacsmom on November 29, 2017 at 9:37pm — 8 Comments

Our PIR experience - Nov. 22nd PART TWO

I'm adding things I forgot to mention in my first post.

Our hotel in Waukegan had a restaurant/bar inside, but I never went in. The hotel also had a small room next to the check-in with restaurant pamphlets, vending machines, and a computer and printer. We only stayed one night. My daughter's friend was staying in Gurnee. It wasn't that much further, but the hotel was MUCH nicer: newer beds, continental breakfast, ELEVATOR! ;)

There were also many more places to go and see in…


Added by VangieAH on November 27, 2017 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Our PIR experience - Nov. 22nd

Hi everyone.

I decided to write out our experience in case it can help anyone.

We booked a hotel through some online booking oldest daughter did it so I can't remember which one. I'll update if I can. It was a hotel in Waukegan and it didn't seem too bad.

I booked the flight through sato. We flew Southwest to Midway because it doesn't fly into O'Hare. I suggest you do this the soonest possible, I wasn't able to due to my other daughter's school…


Added by VangieAH on November 27, 2017 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

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