Tell us something about your experience with waiting as a Depper. As a mom with two sons, ages 22 & 26 I would like to offer the following advice:
Ask your recruiter to have you recite the Sailor;s Creed, or the General Orders, while doing PT. Out of order. Get yelled at while you're doing it. That's more like the way it happens during boot camp.
Spot on advice about managing your life, Bee!
While everyone is giving advice: get a passport. No, it is not necessary in the Navy for the most part, but if you come up against a situation where you need one, it will be essential. (in a foreign port and you need to go home on emergency leave for example, and cannot get military transport right away)
Get a POA and Living Will/HIPPA release for your parent. Just to cover bases, because if you get sick or hurt, the Navy won't contact your parent unless you have given instructions for them to handle things.
Pack a sense of humor. Boot camp gets weird and you'd better be able to roll with the tide with a smile on your face.
my son was a depper in Queens NY They would do pt at the recruitment center and run on the streets. Dont know why they dont do that.
How is it going? Please drop in and tell us your progress.
Your son is 100 percent correct, the sooner they sign the more jobs there are available. If he changes his mind it is called FTO of failure to obligate. I was told if they do this they cannot re-enlist.
My daughter joined almost a year ago her ship date is August 15. They go to meetings during this time which is very helpful they will meet new people and become more excited about the journey they are on.
If you sign for him now you are giving him a great start to his future, if he waits until he is 18 he may not get the job he wants.
Its the best thing that you can do for him if this is what he wants.
This same situation happened to me. My son knew at the age of 17 he wanted to join the delayed entry program. I went with him to the recruiting station and listened to the recruiter and what the Navy had to offer. My decision was if my son wanted to join the Navy he should atleast be old enough to sign himself in. The Recruiter was alittle confused with my decision, saying the Navy was a great career for my son. I didn't disagree with him joining the Navy, I disagreed with me signing him in. I talked with my older son and he agreed with me. My son would be turning 18 soon and if he wanted to commit atleast 6 years of his life to the navy it should be his signature on that contract and not his mom. My son defended my decision to his recruiter and said he understood why I didn't want to be the one to sign him in. I am happy to say I am the PROUD Mom of a US Navy Sailor. My son graduated boot camp May 20, 2011 and is in Pre-Buds school. I am proud of the decision HE made for his future. He told me I did the right thing in not signing because his future career was decided by him as a man and not his mom. Hope this helps you and your son. At 18 he may not get the job he wants and he also may not want to be in the Navy. His decision.
Pssst - Your son is actually is a great position right now. The Navy has a weird rule about high school juniors. He is one of the few that can actually stay in dep for 455 days (15 months). Most deppers are only allowed 365 days (1 year). So he can actually see ratings that are way in the future, unlike most that must pick immediately.
So lets say they (the Navy) releases the quotas for one year from now earily. Well he's 1st in line. All the others wouldn't qualify. The only ones that would, would be the deppers that just joined 1 month prior. Why? Because if it were 2 months prior then they would exceed the 365 day limit, thus they can't qualify.
Man, I know this doesn't make sense to you, heck, it doesn't make sense to me when I read what I wrote. But I understand it, and let me say, your son is in a great position as long as he join either before July 31st.
(note: The rule below say high school seniors, which means high school juniors that are about to be seniors. Not seniors that have graduated).... Man is this some sort of a puzzle? It seems like in huh?