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Hi all.  I am glad to have found this forum and have learned a great deal from it.  Thank you all for sharing your experience and expertise!  Hopefully one day I will be in a position to help another newbie!  

My son spoke a little about enlisting when he was a junior in high school.  We asked him to consider applying for an NROTC scholarship and trying college.  He didn't get a scholarship, but joined the unit at his college anyway.  Unfortunately, if you do not have a scholarship by junior year, (which he did not earn), then you can no longer be in the unit.  He decided that he really wanted to be in the Navy more than he wanted to continue with college, so here we are.  

I went with him to the recruiter yesterday and he started the process.  Today he went back and is scheduled to take the ASVAB and go to MEPS on August 6.  Here is where my confusion lies- I think he will be coming home after that, but I am not too sure.  I don't think that people usually get placed that day- or am I just delusional and trying to hold on to him a little longer?  My main question is- do people come home after their first time at MEPS or do they go straight to Boot Camp?  The recruiter said that some people are a year wait for Boot Camp but I read some other things where people shared immediate experiences!  

I apologize in advance for such a question, but could not find a difinitive answer anywhere.  

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In my experience, they take the ASVAB and then go to MEPS for a physical and to sign a contract and do their initial swearing in. Then they are in DEP (delayed enlistment) until they 'ship' to boot camp. Sometimes they ship quick quickly within a few weeks, other times, it can be months, up to a year. And sometimes they get one date, and it gets changed (often to be sooner).

Make sure he knows that he does NOT have to sign a contract at MEPS unless he is happy with the rating he's being offered. He can decline and go back and try again for a different rating (provided it's one he's qualified for based on ASVAB scores). My son went back three times before he signed a contract because he wanted Logisitics and it took three tries for a logisitics slot to be available. Once he's signed that contract - that's his rating.

Make sure he's working on NOW - running especially but also situps, pushups, and basic swimming. The closer he is to passing the final fitness test before he leaves for boot camp, the better off he'll be.

Good luck to your son. It'll be an adventure for both of you

Thank you so much for the response and the hugs!  I will definitely share the information about the contract.  The recruiter seemed to be pushing the Nuclear Power, but he has other ideas of his Navy career.  

MY DS scored a 98 on the ASVAB and was pushed VERY hard for nukes also. He was NOT interested  - it's a difficult training and when sailors wash out (which many do) they get assigned a new rating for the 'good of the Navy' not their choice. Plus it doesn't carry over well to civilian life (in my son's opinion - ymmv. He had the added complication of being a dual national and that was what finally got the recruiter to back off - clearances for nukes would have required him (or so he was told) to give up his other citizenship and he refused)


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