Hi, my son goes to BC January 11th. Does anyone have any info about quarantine? Are they in a room by themselves? Are they allowed to bring books? Do they get out and exercise? Just thought maybe someone has a son or daughter who has gone through it and knows what exactly they do for 2 weeks!!
I am sorry no one replied to your discussion. It did not come into my email feed and I have not been logged in much today on the site. Are you following the comments in the the main BC Mom group? Mom2blondies just posted information about her phone call with her son.
I posted the link to this discussion in the BC Moms group in the comment page. Hopefully others will reply. It is a slow day here on the site. I honestly do not know the specifics since my son was pre-Covid, 3 years ago. They are either in a room by themselves or with one other SR. (SR = Seaman Recruit). To my knowledge they do not go out of their room to get exercise. Someone had mentioned that her son had been working on a workout prior to leaving for BC to prepare him for doing a workout during ROM. (Restriction of movement - quarantine) I don't know if they are allowed to have a book, but he can always take an inexpensive paperback. If anything, it will just be taken from him and maybe put with his other personal items in his box. He is allowed a Bible.
Some of the moms will write a short note of encouragement for their SRs to read until they can get a letter. They don't get to do much of anything, they can write letters I think.
Be sure to read this with your son before he goes if you haven't already - Read before leaving - What BC may be like during COVID
And make sure that you read the First Things first that I think Belovedbyhim posted on your my page.
(click on the blue links they go to other discussions on here.)
Hi Joy! My son arrived on 12/8/20. He had to stay at a hotel for 2 nights prior. We dropped him off on Sunday, he was at MEPS all day Monday then flew out Tuesday and arrived in Chicago Tuesday night. Thankfully they get to keep their phones until they get to Great Lakes because he called me the minute the plane landed and we got to talk for a while. Each of his friends recruiters told them something different. Some of the recruiters insisted they drive them to the hotel and check them in but my son's didn't so we were able to drive him and spend the whole day with him after he checked in. He packed a small bag with 1 change of clothes for the hotel, his phone/charger and watch. He was told he could bring 2 books and 1 bible as well as a pen and notebook. There should be a list of things in the booklet he was given for preparation as he went through that list twice just to be sure he had everything. They should bring a wallet with debit card, cash and credit card if they have one. Once they land in Chicago there are busses that pick them up and drive them to Great Lakes. Once they are there they turn in their phones/clothes and get their Navy issued belongings and make the "I've arrived" phone call. This phone call was tough for me but I've heard others that take comfort in it. It is scripted so they are just reading off a card in a monotone voice....not any way my son would ever talk to me but I knew that is how it would be, just didn't expect for it to be so upsetting. In that call he'll just tell you he arrived and that he is getting on a bus to Ft. McCoy in Wisconsin for 2 weeks and there will be no phone calls from there unless it is to tell you he has or has been exposed to covid, the call will also tell you to watch for the form letter that should arrive in 4-5 weeks with more information and mailing address. After the phone calls they all get on a bus to Ft. McCoy where they are housed in groups, not in individual rooms. My son thought he was going to have just 1 or 2 roommates but that is not the case. And because of that sometimes entire floors are testing positive or exposed to covid and having to stay an additional quarantine. Luckily his floor was good and they all moved back to GL on time. He said they get very little exercise, maybe 20 minutes a day and the food is not great at Ft. McCoy. He had tried to put on weight before he left just in case and he said he lost at least 10 lbs while at Ft. McCoy but that since getting back to GL he has gained it all back. Your son will want to make sure he can pass the PSA (run test) with time to spare. He said that he had a bad reaction to the penicillin shot everyone got the day before the PSA and basically had to run it with one leg. Thankfully he is a runner so normally can do the 1.5 mile run in 8 minutes (16 minutes is the max) so with a painful, limping leg he was still able to pass. They don't do much that 2 weeks. He said he wrote letters, did some bookwork (they take some sort of written test) and tried to nurse his leg back with hot showers.
Hello Joy -- Welcome!! Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy Speak and you can find it here. We are here to get you through the “Great Silence” of the next 4 weeks (ish) and the 10 weeks of BC (ish). You will come to learn that No News Is GOOD News and everything is Needs of the Navy. You life will be Hurry Up and Wait and it’s ok to make plans but they are subject to change until after they have happened so it’s best to embrace the Motto: Semper Gumby!! (Always Flexible!!)
The Expected timeline will look like this
Day 0 -- Travel, Arrival and "I'm Here" scripted phone call
Day 1-14 -- ROM (Restriction of Movement/ Quarantine-- Lots of studying and waiting)
Day 15-21 Arrive Onboard RTC and begin P-days (P-days- Initial Processing Days) including 2 days of P-hold (Weekend)
Day 21-- Complete P days. (Initial PFT & Run)
Day 22-- Begin training and mail form letter out. Look for it to arrive around 1-2 weeks later)
All of this is assuming no exposure to COVID with additional ROM
Training typically occurs Monday - Friday but we have heard rumors that Saturday’s are now training days as well.
Normal PIR will be 10 Fridays after departure from Home but it can be less by 1 but it can be extended by ???? (lots!!) It just depends on how many times they get caught in the “Ring of Fire” but do not get COVID. IF they get COVID, Once they are recovered they will not be removed from training again even if they are in the “Ring of Fire”. (so there is that small silver lining if kids get sick)
I Hope you’ll come and join us on the Main Boot Camp Moms page: https://navyformoms.ning.com/group/bootcampmoms You may have to scroll down a ways to reach the comments but we’d love to get to know you and answer any questions or concerns you may have or just be a support from others who “get it”.
Since you have a son or daughter that is getting ready to leave for boot camp soon please sit down with them and have a real good talk about what to expect.
Since Covid has hit things have been all over the place - they get put in quarantine, they get out of quarantine, they get put back in quarantine. A normal 8 week boot camp can drag on much longer and it can take a huge mental toll on them. It's important that they understand THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY! They need to be physically strong but more importantly they need to be MENTALLY STRONG!
Let them know that they probably won't even get a letter from home until they are at least HALF WAY through boot camp. NO you haven't forgotten about them - it just takes that long for them to train someone in the mail room so they can get their mail. The first couple of weeks they may question their decision to join - and that's normal! But they need to be strong. This is just the beginning of their Navy career and they need to learn to be FLEXIBLE.
Remind them they are STRONG and THEY CAN DO THIS. Before they leave ask them HOW BAD DO YOU WANT THIS?