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Div t-shirt ordering

I have just one ? How can I order a div. Shirt for myself and family son graduated Nov 22 div. 018
But I can't seem to find any info

Added by Tacha on November 27, 2017 at 8:32am — 4 Comments

Away he went!!!

Well the last few days have been so crazy! We have taken every opportunity to spend as much time with our son as we could. We had a great going away party for him on Saturday, celebrated Thanksgiving on Sunday, and had family time on Monday. We went to movies, had heart to heart talks, got necessary banking and Power of Attorney paperwork together. We dropped him off at his recruiters station on Tuesday where we said our final goodbyes. He decided that he wanted to go at it on his own from… Continue

Added by Kami on November 22, 2017 at 9:14pm — 2 Comments

Graduation advise

Our son graduates in January.  We have looked for plane tickets and rooms, but keep getting information saying one thing and then another.  Where do I get the "ticket" is it mailed or do I pick it up? Is it easier to rent a car and get on base or use the shuttle? Can our son ride back to the hotel in the shuttle? if anyone can help with questions I would appreciate it so much.


Added by Silliesmom2017 on November 22, 2017 at 4:22pm — 2 Comments

Positive thinking

I know how difficult this is for us all as parents this is the first Thanksgiving that I will not have my son at our table. I do not mean to be on the down side but with this mission that he is on it does have it’s up and downs for both him and I. I wake up every day at 4am to wait for that phone call from my boy to hear about his day. And he sounds good and the best part out of our conversations is him telling me how much he loves and misses us. Thank goodness for technology because I would be… Continue

Added by Lisa on November 20, 2017 at 9:02pm — 2 Comments

The call....

My son was on the DEP until June. About 2 months ago he signed the paperwork to leave early. He is 19, and just ready to start this chapter in his life. I can’t blame him, most of his friends left for college, and it’s hard to work a job knowing this isn’t what you want to do. Monday the call came.....he would be leaving in 7 days. The 21st of November is the day. He was so excited and nervous. Needless to say, I felt like someone had ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. I just thought… Continue

Added by Kami on November 17, 2017 at 8:53am — 6 Comments


my son arrived at BC on 10/24/2017, I did receive a call that evening.  but no call since, I miss him so much it hurts. But like i have been reading, no call is good news.  that you all for everything you post, it gives me some sort of peace and relief to my anxiety.

Added by Rocky on November 15, 2017 at 9:04pm — 5 Comments

couple of BC general questions

Would anyone know the answers to these random questions? 

  1. Are recruits allowed to bring contacts, saline solution & cases to BC for pictures & PIR? 
  2. Do you know how much will be deducted in BC for uniforms (Male/Female)? I'm assuming they won't get all their uniforms at BC.
  3. Will they have footwear for showers or do they bring them?
  4. Will the recruit put the addresses on The Box and Form Letter or does the mailing address for these 2 items come…

Added by sambam32 on November 12, 2017 at 1:22pm — 2 Comments

Graduation from Boot Camp for Son who leaves December 13, 2017


Does anyone know when this class of students will graduate boot camp? I'd love to attend, but need to make arrangements ASAP because I am also leaving to teach in China in February and need to make flight arrangements. 

Thank you,


Added by LoveMyKids on November 5, 2017 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Thanksgiving at Great Lakes, 1980

Since that time of year is nearly here, I thought I'd bump this up.

One year in Great Lakes, there we were, stuck in the barracks. One of the guys had family in the area, his mom told him he could bring a few of us home. He and I were dating, his buddy was dating my roomie, and three of his friends were stuck at Glakes for the holiday. We all had liberty for the entire weekend so it was decide that we'd all go to his place for dinner.

The problem? The only car we had to…


Added by Anti M on November 2, 2017 at 8:58am — 11 Comments

Moving to an apartment after living in military housing?? BAH questions

Since hubby has to report to his first Duty station soon we won't have enough time to save up money for a deposit to live in apartment so we decided to live in military housing. After I lease is up how do we stop the bah from going to the military housing and come back in hubby's check for when we move? Or does it stop automatically once we move out of the military housing?

Added by lovemysailor07 on October 29, 2017 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

Boot Camp Graduation

My son graduates next Fri Nov 3. For those of you who have already gone through graduation, what is the "dress code?"

Added by Jennifer on October 27, 2017 at 6:59pm — 12 Comments

How I managed my daughters ship date

I don't know if this is of help to anyone but this is my take on my daughter leaving for boot camp.

She had a rough year her Senior year of school.  So when she told us after she turned 18 she enlisted in the Navy we were shocked and devastated.  She and I are very close and I know she was thinking about it but did not realize how determined she was.   I could not imagine not seeing her every day, in her room or hearing the jingle of her car keys when she came home from Tae Kwon Do. I…


Added by bellproud on October 24, 2017 at 9:58pm — 7 Comments

Questions about Boot Camp

My son leaves on Jan 9. I am so excited but have a lot of concerns at the same time. Any tips any mom that has been through this can tell me would be greatly appreciated. So glad to find this website. Thank you.

Added by Missomd on October 24, 2017 at 11:19am — 11 Comments

Latest Sarge's survival Guide

Good morning to all our Navy Family.

i just completed the survival guide. All links have been double checked. This is a major change. Please take the time to read and pass on to our new members.


John Spadaro

U.S. Army Retired.


Added by OldSarge on October 24, 2017 at 8:18am — No Comments

Cell Phone Came Home Monday 10/23

Son arrived BC Thursday 10/20; cell phone got sent back and received 10/23. Recruiter said  on 10/23, graduation should be 12/15. Should we book our flight and hotel?

Added by Fayehorne on October 23, 2017 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

I feel like I am complaining constantly

Yesterday was my birthday. I missed my boy so much it was the first time since he was born we spent a birthday apart. I did not feel to wake up but I did and I did try my best to hold it together I kept crying everytime I was alone which really did not help the mood of my dinner party. Everyone kept saying how lucky I was to have great sons and I must be so happy that he is out of the house. Don’t people understand that I did everything for my sons and do they not understand that my boys are… Continue

Added by Lisa on October 23, 2017 at 3:43pm — 4 Comments

Bootcamp Blues

My son just left for basic a week ago yesterday, and I know I am just beginning this long journey, but I am missing him terribly and am a teary eyed mess! Is this normal? Or am I just a big marshmallow puff of emotions? Oh i hope it isn't the big "change"! Lol

Added by A'sMom on October 20, 2017 at 9:35pm — 7 Comments

Same here got the call

got the call that he is ok at BC and he will call back in 3 weeks ,haven't received anymore info about where to write him or anything.

Added by Noraelia on October 20, 2017 at 4:20pm — 3 Comments

Got The Phone Call

I have arrived at BC phone call came; lasted 20 seconds made via his cell phone. "I have arrived BC, will call in 3 weeks. You will get my stuff in the mail. You will get a post card with my mailing address. Good bye."

Added by Fayehorne on October 20, 2017 at 8:03am — 5 Comments

Request for makeup

Good morning everyone.

So excited to have received our first letter.  She requested her makeup and acne pads.   Is this really okay to send so soon?  It is only her 3rd week?

Added by Kaloura67 on October 20, 2017 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

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