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My son left 09/02/19.  He is suppose to graduate 11/01/19  Division 409.  Are there any parents out there that have children in this division.  I have really been having a hard time.  

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My kiddo left on 9/3 I don't know his division yet. I'm waiting for the form letter. Most days I'm okay but there are days that I just melt down with sadness. Being the oldest it's the first time we've been through this even though my husband is former Navy.
My daughter left on 9/10. I was cried and was emotional the first couple of days before she left to BC. I was fine the day she swore in, until I got back home. I walked right past her room, and then finally I got the courage to go in her room. It has been about a full week now. I too still have moments of sadness. I been praying for her like crazy.

Hi, Duke0625! My son left on 09/04 and I have not yet received his box--and probably won't since they changed the protocol with Division 409, and boxes no longer come home. I also (two weeks today), have not yet received the form letter. Hang in there and reach out, just as you have. There appears to be a lot of support here, which is wonderful. If it ends up my son is in your son's Division, I will let you know! My son had been in school for over two years before he decided to abandon his Chem major and go for enlistment. In this day and age when we can communicate in an instant, I know this silence seems nearly impossible. However, we will get through it together. He will get through it too! Best to you. 

Hi Deb s! My son left 9/5! I am sure we will hear from them soon since it seems those that left 9/2 have received their letters recently. I hope so! I’ve done so good so far but I’m starting to feel sad that I haven’t received it yet. Trying hard to keep my chin up and lean on the good old saying “no news is good news”. Maybe our sons are together.
My son is in division 409 and graduation is 11/1/2019 as well. I am partially anxious to see him after he goes through BC, and proud of him. I just sent a letter through SANDBOXX. I was surprised it was a little pricey.
I have been encouraged after I found this site since everyone here understands my feelings.

Please be sure and join the PIR group for your recruits graduation date. The links to the PIR groups can be found in the Boot Camp group. You can chat with others with recruits in the same Tg and divisions as yours.


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