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**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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Hello - My son is a senior in high school and is thinking of the delayed entry program for the Navy.  I would love to get some feedback from parents who have had experience with this during high school and also after graduation (boot camp, etc.).  Happy?  Not happy?  Good experience?  Bad experience?  Help anyone?

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My oldest son did this, graduated from bootcamp 3/2014 and is now stationed in Norfolk VA. He liked it, because it gave him extra time to get to learn some of the basics they need to know. It also let him get used to the idea of leaving. It helped me a little (still hard to let go) get used to the fact he was going into the Navy. I already knew how it felt to have a loved one in the Navy and not close by due to my husband being in the Navy before, but it was still hard. Very proud of him though.

I would say "Happy" and "Good experience".

Ang3and1, I left info for you on your My Page.

Both of my sons were delayed entry.  From the time they signed the paper until the time they shipped was about 6 months.  After they sign their contract they get their ship date.  They will swear in both times, so if you miss the 1st on there is always the second chance to view the swearing in.  Although the 2sd time is more memorable, because they actually leave.  It gives them more time to plan for leaving and get their affairs together.  I would get a dourable power of attorney done before he ships to bootcamp.  My oldest son went to bootcamp then A school and 2 weeks out of A school shiped to the Middle East.  My oldest son has been in just a little over a year and has been gone for most of the time.  My youngest son graduates next month, but his A school is 6 months long. You will be surprised what kind of things they may need help with.  If for some reason the system is down when they select their job DO NOT go with the oh he can transfer it before he ships. They say it can happen but in reality it doesn't.  My 1st son fell into this trap.  Kind of upsetting when your son scores a high 90 on the asvab.  Lesson learned.  Just as an FYI to your son.  Get plenty of sleep before leaving and sleep on the plane.  He will be up for about the first 48 hours.  My oldest son

Check your My Page.

My son graduated this past June 2014...he was on the delayed entry program for exactly 1 year (his entire senior year of high school).  My experience with the program was wonderful.  There are alot of benefits to be on it, mainly that the time spent on the program counts towards the "inactive" time he is required to put in. So if your son is going 4 years active, 4 years inactive, he'd only be required to be "inactive" for 3 years due to 1 year already being satisfied while on DEP.  In addition, it helped keep my son on track his senior year and held him accountable for his school work as well as his personal time.  He would be required to attend 1 monthly group meeting at the recruiting office as well as 1 personal meeting 1x a month.  He is also required to "report in" to his Petty Officer at the recruiting office every Monday via phone just to let them know everything is ok and on track.  Lastly, your son would have the opportunity to earn advancements PRIOR to even beginning the Navy such as, if he can get an additional 2 sailors recruited while he is on DEP, your son will advance up one rank.  

My son graduated June 13, 2014 and was sent to boot camp on July 14, 2014 where he is currently and will graduate with a rank of E-3 (as opposed to E-1) mostly due to his involvement in DEP and his work towards his Navy dream while still in HS. I highly recommend the DEP program.

1preciousgirl, Check your My Page.

E-1, E-2, or E-3? How did that happen? explains the different ways that a future Sailor or recruit can advance in rate prior to or during boot camp.

My son is officially enlisted in the DEP now with a contract for Nuke school.  Now the countdown officially begins. . . .

My son, while on the DEP program, was also part of the US Navel Sea Cadet Program wherein his achievements there ultimately transferred over to the Navy and the Navy accepted the E-3 rank.  He also referred 2 other recruits who also joined the Navy.

My son did the delayed entry program and it was very good for him.  It helps prepare them for boot camp and they begin learning some of the stuff required.  And it will give him a chance to ask questions about things and get more of feel for the navy.


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