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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

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My daughter was sent to bootcamp since 11/17/21. She had a PIR date of 1/21/22. I had everything booked for that date. I got a call from her last night, she is being sent to the ship 2 DIV 741-RCU. She has stress fractures in her knee and ankle that has to heal before she completes her final run. Now we have no time as to how long she will be in RCU and no New PIR date. She is sad and disappointed and I can’t be there to console her I have to give support over the phone with those short phone calls. Is anyone on here have been through the RCU process and can give some insight?

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Marienavymom4kk-- I'm so sorry that your daughter is dealing with this.  This is why we suggest that you make sure your travel plans are changeable.  Write her TONS!! This is one of the ONLY times I'll suggest using Sandboxx just so you can get letters to her quicker. She will be there as long as she needs to heal and regain the strength in her legs so she can successfully pass the run.  That may be 4 weeks or 6 or 10 or months.  There is no way to know.  She just needs you to write and encourage her as much as you can.  Your phone calls will be hit and miss.  She should get to call in a week or so to update you  on what's going on with her healing.  This is part of the Roller Coaster that is the Navy.  Hang in there and know that they(the Navy) wants your daughter to succeed and be an outstanding Sailor one day.  Hold tight and come to the main page for support!
You may even want to share this on the main page.  Not everyone sees the posts here.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear she is injured.  They will work on getting her healed but like BelovedbyHim said it could take some time. Encourage her to stay positive and focus on getting better.

Here's the link to the RCU group - it's not real active but you might find some helpful info there:


Hang in there!

Marienavymom4kk - I have no advice on stress fractures, or on RCU.  But I'm a momma, too.  So I just wanted to say - take care of YOU, this is stressful even when they are perfectly healthy!  I'm sure she will need your strength, and positivity, to get her through this frustrating setback.  So take care of YOU first, so you can offer her lots of positive vibes!  hugs to you (and daughter)!  

I'm so sorry to hear that!  I will say a prayer for her.  I agree that you should write to her through Sandboxx and encourage her and stay positive.  I read that most stress fractures typically heal in 6 to 8 weeks.  

My son was in Booth Camp and was set back because of an injury and went to RCU for recovery was sad but it was very short, he went to therapy and got better.  I received a phone call one morning saying he was moved to another division. short story he heal and graduated with a class, he retested for the run and became a sailor. So mom just be there to support her and she will be just fine! believe  me this  just a little set back. encourage her to do her best and just continue to write her letters and be there for her. will be  praying for her for a speedy recover!   


Thank you for sharing. My son is currently in BC, so I know it can be challenging when a sailor has a setback and you’re not able to be closer. My son graduates in February. I will definitely keep your daughter in prayer. She may have had a setback but she will come through. 

Marienavymom4kk-- How is your daughter doing?  Have you gotten an update?

Thanks for asking, I haven’t heard anything more since I spoke with her on last Tuesday night. Waiting and hoping on a phone call soon.

Praying for your daughter and I pray you receive a call from her soon. 

  1. Hey Girl! Glad you joined the group. This site has SO MUCH. Info, it ain't even funny! My daughter left for BC in August 2021, guessed it,  she ended up in Ship 2 also! Stress fractures in her shins. She's in phase 3 of her PT (physical therapy) now and is doing well. Maybe our girls know each other?  My daughter is the only female Muslim in the bunch.  She's hoping for a February PIR. The best thing I've found that your daughter can do to keep her morale up and her mind focused is to keep busy with studying stuff she has been learning, reading, writing letters,  doing brain-teaser puzzles, etc. If she is so inclined, she can pray for a quick and easy recovery and have FAITH that she will succeed.  If you are spiritual then you pray for your chile's success and KNOW that your prayers are being heard. When she calls, express your confidence in her abilities and give her examples of times in her life when she overcame  hatdships and challenges. BC will MAKE her, not break her.  Write to her often,  share your life lessons with her, "big her up"! Send her stuff that interests her so she can keep her mind active and engaged. My daughter told me that a big reason SRs get separated is that they can't take the boredom in RCU and don't know how to "keep their mind right". Finding a friend to talk with helps a bunch. If your girl got this far, she can go all the way. BELIEVE THAT!

My SR told me that when she successfully completes her final run they will put her in another division that's at the same point she was in when she got put in RCU. So she'll  be right back where she left off. Same thing for your daughter. Don't confident...semper gumby!

Ummi - Thank you for sharing and also keeping us up to date on your SR. 

Hi Chipmunk! Even though we Moms may not know each other, we all know how it feels to not have the ability to reach out and hug and physically comfort our kids on a journey that we can only stand outside of and watch. The sharing certainly helps allay the anxiety and worry. It's so reassuring that we all reach out to each other. I love that.


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