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my boyfriend just left for bootcamp a week ago & honestly I'm a mess. & I have so many questions. do they get a call before they write a letter or do you get a letter before the call & how long does iit take to get the first letter

Added by Melanie on July 19, 2015 at 10:14pm — 6 Comments

Taxi Fares

Good Morning:

I am editing this blog post because there have been several instances recently where our Navy Families are paying too much money for cab fares or RIDE SHARES either from the airport or local service while visiting Great Lakes.

This document will save you heartache and money. Please read it in its entirety.

First and foremost, I want to thank all the administrators on the face book pages, Navy For, and Navy website for their outstanding…


Added by OldSarge on April 28, 2016 at 4:04am — 2 Comments



Where has time gone, I remember when you were small, The line you drew on the wall, every time to measure how tall. The running in the house, the hide and seek, I knew where you were, even when you would peek. I held you close when you were so cold, I offered my hand for you to always hold. I picked you up ever time you fell, Took care of all sickness to make you well. I rescued you when you felt any type of pain, Just to place you on the right path… Continue

Added by LA-BriansMom (Ship 3 Div 116) on July 12, 2015 at 11:43pm — 5 Comments

Son just started OCS in Rhode Island, anyone else?

My son just started OCS training 7/5. One hour after he arrived I missed a call from him :( (I heard they get one 5 minute call and I picked mine up too late) I got a text right after saying he was sending me his address yet it never came through. Anyone know if they get to text it to us that first day or if he means it's getting mailed? Still bumming I missed that last call. And I'm dying to get a letter off to him.

Added by eeyoresmom on July 6, 2015 at 10:32am — 14 Comments

Proud but a bit frustrated

I'm sp proud of my son for taking the initiative and enlisting in the Navy. He's very independent, smart, and determined and I'm certain he'll be fine.

But, his independence is driving me a bit crazy! He has shared little information with my hsband and I about what has happened.....well, he's told us things after the events happened! He's been living on his own for awhile now and is very self sufficient. But, he's still only 20 years old and I wish he would talk to us more about these…


Added by bdmom64 on June 28, 2015 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

navy schooling

Hello I am new to this site so bear with me. My son is leaving for RTC on July 8th with an EC rating in the Navy Reserves. There seem to be different answers as to whether he needs to go to "C" school right away or not because he is in the Reserves. Any insight would be appreciated!

Added by lm243 on June 25, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Enlisted Now; I'm Growing as Much as He Is!

It seems like more than the 2.5 weeks it's actually been since that wonderful phone call, "I'm a member of the United States Navy!"  That he had to retake the PRT one time seems, as I knew it would, like an inconsequential matter after we received word that he'd passed the Battle Stations. I still haven't seen him since early April, but just to be able to text by phone or have an occasional conversation still seems like such a treat.  Oh my, he has changed.!

Sisters whose young ones…


Added by Pat S on June 24, 2015 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Updated P.I.R. information checklist **CELL PHONES AT RTC **

** UPDATE 6/12/15 ** Sailors who graduated and are now holdovers at RTC (HOLD OVER SHIP 5) are allowed to bring their cell phones back on Friday night after Graduation. This HAS BEEN CONFIRMED OFFICIALLY.

Welcome to our new Navy Family. Please take the time and read this document. It will be a life saver for you while you are here for the Navy Boot Camp Graduation. 

Please check the EVENTS tab and RSVP for the meet and greet for the week you are coming here for…


Added by OldSarge on June 17, 2015 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Quarter Master

Can anyone give me experiences in training for Quartermaster? What is in store?

Added by Nancy R on June 14, 2015 at 9:05am — 4 Comments

Through the Pipeline

I am a bag of mixed emotions as I write this blog.  I am beyond proud of my Sailor for his accomplishments and at the same time, I'm sad and very scared.

My Sailor has officially become an EM Nuke!  He made it through the Nuclear Pipeline.

He, my…


Added by GANukeMom(EM mom) on June 2, 2015 at 6:10am — 9 Comments

After PIR Travel

After PIR is there a restriction on how far the graduates can go?  My step-son wants to meet us in Chicago, which is about an hour away, after graduation.  Wasn't sure if they are allowed to go that far or if it's too much to do in one day?

Added by mcmomma on May 29, 2015 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

Baby missing daddy?

Any one know what to do?

I have a 13 month old daughter and she is super attached to my husband who left for bootcamp 7 days ago. She has always been independent but for the past week she is inconsolable. She is so moody and it's like she dosent know what she wants. She climbs in to my lap just to get back down and sit on the floor and cry. She dosent want to take naps, and is always Eating. I know this might seem silly to some of you but I'm feeling so over whelmed and im not use to not… Continue

Added by littlesusanq on May 27, 2015 at 1:10am — 3 Comments

Not Sure What Son's Doing

I really wish I knew what program my son was going into after bootcamp.  I know it's Aircrew, but he said he has at least 2 years of school ahead of him before he even begins his job.  He told me what it was at MEPS, the recruiter had just told him, but I didn't write it down and now I can't remember...ugh!!!  I wanted to look up information online about it.  Anybody have any ideas? Thanks

Added by mcmomma on May 25, 2015 at 10:44am — 10 Comments

New to the site and can't seem to find the answers?

Hey everyone, first time asking a question and I know it has been asked before but I tried reading through older post and there are way to many. I have really found a ton of great info. My question is my son left Meps and arrived in Great Lakes may6. I have a few questions. First being is there way I can get his ship and division number so I can locate his PIR? I am a single father and trying to schedule my summer vacation with my daughter so we can see his PIR. My other question is how do I… Continue

Added by Britt on May 13, 2015 at 2:58pm — 8 Comments

Getting Closer

Well it was a countdown that started almost a year ago and now we are down to weeks before my son leaves for basic.  The next couple of weeks are going to certainly fly because there is so much going on between now and his ship date of July 7th.  I have been keeping my mind busy by putting together his high school graduation party/going away party.  I had to have his party the week before he actually graduates because there was no time in between graduation date of June 28th and his leave…


Added by Smiley on May 11, 2015 at 3:34pm — 4 Comments


So I have never blogged before but thought I would start....trying to figure out ways to connect with my son who is at RTC. When I say connect I don't mean literally, I mean when he can't write. So I have taken on my own style "bootcamp". I run, bike, do pushups (YES!!! modified), sit up (every inch off the ground is a plus) anything physical everyday. This is when I connect with my son. I mentally send him positive thoughts, tons of love and as I have written I invoke whatever higher entity…


Added by Hootsmom on May 6, 2015 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

Mailing letters/packages

Hello Everyone

I had a question for anyone who has had a problem with shipping their mail/packages. My daughter is deployed on the USS Normandy, I had sent her 2 packages on March 27th. The ship has had 5 mail dispersments so far...and she has not recieved any of her 2 packages. I tracked it and it hasent updated it shows, that it is still in Great Lakes, Chicago. It has been 1 month now. I have all the information correct and included a return address. I dont know what had happened,…


Added by mslinda1976 on May 1, 2015 at 5:56pm — 10 Comments

graduation questions

This may be silly but is the ceremony a semi-formal? Can I wear a knee length dress and my husband a golf shirt and slacks?

Added by tammy on April 29, 2015 at 7:10pm — 5 Comments

Left for BC in GL yesterday

My son left for BC in GL yesterday. So proud. Got my 30 sec call late last night, bittersweet. Trying to get my emotions in check today, but struggling. I know he is in good hands, will be amazing. Tips for a Mom surviving the first week ? God Bless our recruits and sailors. Thank you for having this site, it has been so comforting

Added by Momack on April 15, 2015 at 11:35am — 10 Comments

New to all this

My oldest son done all this stuff this week at meps and signed his papers.  He will be leaving out for bootcamp the end of October.  Trying to learn all this and get use to all of this.  I have a little over 6 months of him being home with us before he leaves out.  I am proud of him and glad he is doing something like this but at the same time being a mom I am worried about him.

Added by Devinsmom on April 10, 2015 at 7:17pm — 5 Comments

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