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Anyone else get 'the call' last night saying that their recruit arrived safely at Great Lakes?

Our son called to tell us that he arrived safely at Great Lakes last night.  We are only 40 minutes Southwest of Great Lakes and yet our son seems thousands of miles away.  Would love to connect with moms whose child also started bootcamp on 2/28/12.  Between us maybe we can piece together what our children are experiencing through their calls and letters that are yet to come.  :)

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I will be looking for the mom/wife/GF etc. who will be interested in creating the 04/27/2012 PIR group.

So if you get that info either in your form letter or from your recruiter that would help. This most likely will be a "mom" who's recruit arrived at BC between 02/23 – 02/28 (?) ...give or take...there are no exacts…ONLY my “guestimation”. I just saw one mom report receiving her form letter and her son arrived on 02/23 and has a 04/27 PIR.

New TG’s are posted on RTC website on Mondays (unless there is a Federal Holiday then it is Tuesday). Lately, it has been later in the week….Fridays. So you can see what I mean about no exacts.

BC can be anywhere from 7.5 to 9 weeks. It is also possible for recruits to arrive in the same week…or day…but have different PIR dates. Your recruiter may have your recruit’s ship/division as early as 72 hours after arriving at BC. I will take this ship/div # for the purpose of starting a PIR group BUT please wait for the form letter that your recruit will send home to address your mail and send it. The address your recruiter gets oftentimes is incomplete or has too much information that is not necessary for the address.

Folks, if it is something you think you'd be interested in...Friend me, send me a message and get details.

I am seeing that some of you are already getting your form letters…so it would be great to get this group up and running ASAP.

Thank You!


My son left on the 28th and arrived 2/29 12:40 am when i got to hear his "robotic" strange voice that he finally arraived... i miss him like crazy, friday we got "HIS BOX" and yesterday we received a letter with address... i know what i am doing now.... i will write like crazy to him.... my heart aches so much, i slept for 4 nights in his bed and while at home had on his hoody and tshirt.... i miss him, i am proud of him and i love him so much.... 

My son arrived to the GL BC on 2/29 too... I'm trying to meet other moms with the same arrival date...

which is your sons PIR ? greetings .. ours is 4/27 ... counting down 22 more days :-)

My son arrived in GL on 2/29... I received my 15 second phone call at 2:30 a.m.  Freaked me out... but I heard a hint of his personality when he said good-bye...  I am also a Matt's MOM too... lol

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