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Address to Write My Son in Boot Camp at Great Lake, IL



I have been waiting patiently to write my son but I have not received the post card they said he would send when he got there.  He left on July 6th, I got my 1 phone call but I just need and want to send him something to let him know I'm thinking about him.  So, is there a general address I can use to send him a letter or do I have to wait for the post card because I will need specific information....please help me, I miss my my son and I just need to make sure he ok, he only 17.   WhooooBoy, this is really hard for me.

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My son shipped on the 6th as well and I received his 2 page front and back form letter today.   He will have a specific ship and division number and each ship has it's own specific address, so you have to wait on the form letter, but you should receive it soon.
Ok, thanks for the reply.  I will be glued to the mailbox now...LOL

Dear brejones31 .Hi My son also left July 6th and today I got the letter. Its a printed letter from the Bootcamp navy welcoming family and has the address to write to them He is Ship4 Div 818 Probably you got it today or tomorrow. His Graduation date will be Sept 1 probably yours also. Let me know Good luck



today i got his box with all the thing that he took to boot camp hopefully you got yours



Yesterday I got the box with all his things but I still have not received my letter yet.  I am really praying its there today.
You can contact his recruiter who can get the address for you once your SR is in the system. I expect you will get it in the next couple of days. Write letters anyway and then you can mail them as soon as you get an address. It will probably make you feel better. Hang in there! BC is so hard for Mommas.
I could not wait any longer so I did call his recruiter and got his address so I'm sending him a letter on tomorrow.  He told me because it was still early, they did not put in his graduation date as of yet but he told me to count eight weeks from the time he left to get an estimated grad date.  I tried to patient but its my son and I couldn't wait any longer.
Now I need to join the group with his division. I thought I saw something on here that said I could join the group if I knew his division, is that true Navy for Mom's experts, please help?????
Ok thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.
Hi everyone, I'm to a new mom who son left for bootcamp on July 7th. I received his box on Tuesday but, still no letter. It's hard, his my oldest and only son. I'm just missing him and just want to make sure he is doing good.
Ya my husband left that day too.. Im a stay at home of an infant.. I got his box tuesday.. Im anxiously waiting to get a letter... This is really hard...
Hi everyone, I received my form letter today. Thanks for all of your support.


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