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I thought i read somewhere that as much as you want to give your Sailor a gift they cannot take back with them, can anyone who has "been there, done that", confirm that and at what point can they take a gift that you bought for them...any input would be great!  THANKS!

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Comment by Anti M on August 17, 2012 at 6:30pm

It is true unless they are going to school in Great Lakes, in which case they can have them after they check into their new barracks room on Friday afternoon.  Of they are flying out on Saturday, you can give them their gift at the airport.  Noting goes back into RTC side of the base.  

Comment by sailorwifenmom on August 17, 2012 at 10:16pm

Yep - what Anti M said, nothing can go back with them into the RTC side.  Also, unless they are going to A school there in Great Lakes, whatever you do bring to give to them, I would suggest having it be small.  You can meet up with them at the airport the next day and give it to them then, but keep in mind, they have ALL their gear that they're transporting, too... So, you're talking a full (and fairly heavy) seabag and a full backpack. 

We brought our son's laptop for him and a small external hard drive with a bunch of family pictures and things on it, and the phone that he wanted to get while he was on liberty.  Other than that, I would suggest mailing it to him once he gets to his A school, or, if you want to see him get it, show it to him, then take it back with you to mail it :-)

Congrats on the upcoming PIR :-)

Comment by lemonelephant on August 17, 2012 at 10:19pm

There are only a few gifts that Sailors can take back to the RTC.  Those gifts include a watch that meets Navy standards, a NEX card, a Bible, and a small cross or religious medalion.  Almost any other gift would have to wait until after leaving the RTC (either at the airport or A School).

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Comment by sable on August 20, 2012 at 7:37pm
What would be an appropriate Navy watch? Would a Navy ring witith PIR date engraved on it be an approprriate gift ? Would they be able to take the ring with them from liberty? Greatly appreciate the advice. Out of the two what do you think would be the most desirable? I like the laptop idea but I think I'll wait till Christmas on that.
Comment by lemonelephant on August 20, 2012 at 7:45pm

Some Sailors like to pick out their watch based on the requirements of their rating, so you could check in the group for your future Sailor's rating to see if there is anything that they look for in a watch or wait and pick out a watch with your new Sailor. There is a place in the NEX to order rings--I think it is with Josten's. Some Sailors do not wear rings because they are a hazard, so I'd go with the watch. Also, iPads offer more versatility than a laptop.

Comment by lemonelephant on August 20, 2012 at 7:55pm

Wedding rings are permitted at the RTC, but not other rings.


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