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Hello my recruit left on September 18, 2018 and I know they mail all his stuff and phone back, but someone told me that once we get the box with his things, in 3 weeks we can send it back. Is this true? Will he be able to message us and call us normally? 

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Comment by ellen0502 on September 22, 2018 at 2:20am

No, it is not true. Your recruit is issued the only clothing he can wear, and he cannot have his phone until after PIR. You do not mail his things back to him.

Phone calls are random, and are usually made Mon - Thur, and Sat from 8am to 8pm CST, and on Friday and Sunday they usually don't start until 1pm. There is no messaging available. His first phone call will come at about three weeks.

Comment by NavyGfJackie on September 23, 2018 at 2:20am

Ok yeah I thought so. Is there something we have to send back? Like reading on here I’ve read about cards so they can call us or something? 

Comment by Smoothsailing on September 23, 2018 at 8:58am

NavyGF, my son refused to take a phone card. (He didn’t want to bother with it) so I’m no sure if I’m going to get a call or not. I’m thinking I will send him a phone card once we get their address which should be soon. 

Comment by Laurel on September 24, 2018 at 10:41am

My son was in Div 165, in the TG with PIR on 4/20/18. He told me later how he got his phone card. So they set up their bank accounts for direct deposit at the beginning. They were required to put money (I think it was $150) onto a purchase card for the NEX, for items they would need during boot camp: like toiletries, paper and pencils, etc. Some items they were required to buy, and others were discretionary, including phone cards and postage. Hope this helps! 

Comment by Smoothsailing on September 24, 2018 at 7:11pm

Laurel, thank you. That is super helpful. I could not picture how he was going to make any purchases. Got it now. 

Comment by NavyGfJackie on September 24, 2018 at 7:36pm

So then even if I don’t send him a call card he still will be able to call me? 

Comment by Laurel on September 24, 2018 at 7:44pm
I hope so! I was called by my recruit without sending him a phone card.
Comment by NavyGfJackie on September 24, 2018 at 8:26pm

Ok and another question, after PIR do they get to come home with us? Or when do they get to come home from bootcamp?

Comment by Laurel on September 24, 2018 at 9:00pm

NavyGfJackie You will probably want to join the group, Boot Camp Moms (and Loved Ones), even though you may not be a mom of a recruit, because the admins who run it have put a whole lot of information out there which you will want to know! Depending on what questions you have, you read about the topics. But to answer your question, which is a basic question, no they don't get to go home. We just visited that afternoon and evening, until it was time for him to go back. It's not like "leave," but it's called "liberty" which only lasts that day that evening after PIR. Many of them will have to go to the airport the very next day, for their "A School." Those whose flight doesn't leave until Sunday might get to visit some on Saturday too. And some will have A school in Great Lakes, and they might get to visit on Saturday as well. A School is right after boot camp, and that's where they learn their rate, or their job. PIR is Pass In Review, or another name for boot camp graduation. Best wishes, and God Bless!! P.S. Do join that group, and read all you can that the admins have put out there for you! 

Comment by Smoothsailing on September 24, 2018 at 9:16pm
NavyGF. I sent you a private message asking you what your BF’s A school is. I too might be able to help you out. Definitely join the Boot Camp Moms group. You will learn so much!! I can help you navigate. What happened after graduation all depends on what his A school is (What his job will be)


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