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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, eat breakfast and the shuttle was leaving at 5am.  He would fill me in on everything tonight when he returned home.

Because he is delayed entry, he will return home and not receive a ship date until after high school graduation.  I have been a bit anxious all day waiting to hear from him, but haven't dared texted other then first thing this morning before they left.  Hoping all goes well, he had to lose a few pounds before they would let him go to MEPS so I am hoping he didn't eat a big dinner.  :-)

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Comment by Phoenixmom on February 22, 2018 at 11:39am

Good Morning NewNavyMom from DE welcome to the site. I am glad things got squared away. It could be a bit emotional for the next few weeks, just know he is in good hands. He will be working very hard to accomplish this Journey. I help out on boot camp for Moms please come and join, we give lots of encouragements/Prayer scripture/ speak on emotions and give lots of information. Welcome to the site and know you also are in good hands.

Comment by NewNavyMom from DE on February 22, 2018 at 2:30pm

Well, my soon to be sailor passed all his physical exams at MEPS Baltimore yesterday!  He did not get the job of gunners mate that he had hoped for, but ended up with Boatswain Mate, which he seemed excited about...or was talking himself into.  Since he doesn't graduate until June, his ship date is set for August 22.  But from reading some of the facebook posts, this date can be moved up, so I just need to be 'ready' for a summer departure.  He said the two other recruits he traveled down with shipped out.  He roomed with a nigerian male, that was going in the army.  And he met a really nice 17 year old girl that lives only about 30 minutes away from us that was also going in the Navy.  He said they walked the mall Tuesday night, had dinner together, watched a movie, road the bus and saw each other throughout the day.  It is nice to have a friend to go through the process with.  She ships out August 6.  So maybe they will meet up in GL.

Comment by lemonelephant on February 22, 2018 at 4:12pm

NewNavyMom from DE, That is great that he has a new friend who will be shipping in the same month. They may be attending DEP meetings together since they live that close to each other.

He can ask his recruiter to put in a DEP Action Request (DAR) to try to get a Gunners Mate contract if he really wants that. That would mean that if a future Sailor with a GM contract took a different contract for some reason or is unable to ship, then it would open the contract to be offered to your future Sailor. If he chose to ask for the DAR, then when the call came, he would have to decide right then if he was taking the contract or not. The new contract could have an earlier or later ship date depending on the situation.

Yes, it is possible that his ship date could change. That can happen for any future Sailor. It could happen that another future Sailor with a BM contract is unable to ship and they would offer an earlier ship date to your son as a result. Lots will ship in the summer who entered DEP before their Senior years, so he can keep his current ship date and contract even if offered an earlier ship date for BM.

I put info about BM and to help you both prepare on your My Page.


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