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Hi, My son just spoke to a recruiter and he is studying for the ASVAB exam.  I was wondering what happens after he passes the exam. I know he has to be in BC for 8 weeks then he graduates. He also have to serve for four years. Does this all happen one thing after the other, or is there a break in between. I'm also wondering once he is doing the four years is there any time we get to see him. I appreciate any feed back that you have.
 Thanks, 1stbornmom.

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My son is at BC right now-PIR is 12-03. He was still in High School when he joined up. It worked out well for him as he did not leave for BC until October 5. Gave him the whole summer to spend with his friends. Were also waiting to find out when he starts A school and how much, if any, time he has off. I think its a pretty much hurry up and wait. Welcome Aboard.
I thank you for your response. I just want to familiarize myself as much as I can with the process, I want no surprises. Good luck & many blessings.
once he's in boot camp...he's there till he graduates. He'll get the weekend after PIR (Pass In Review=graduation) for liberty to spend with family. Sometimes they have to report to A school during their weekend liberty (called Grad and Go) but usually they start A school a week or so after PIR. Many will be on hold waiting for a seat in A school to open...sometimes this is for a few days but can be weeks or even a monthor two.

Usually they don't get leave till after A school. Their leave is usually 2-3 weeks long. If they are stateside duty or going form A to C school they get 2 weeks leave. If they are stationed on foreign soil then they get 3 weeks leave after A school.

They build up their leave time while they are in the Navy.They can visit home while on leave but have to pay for their own trasportation and they can have family visit them as well.
Thank you for your input, I greatly appreciate it.
There's no real pass or fail for the ASVAB, but the higher the score the better jobs that are available, so he should aim to get at least 70 if he can. The Navy is overmanned so they can pick and choose who they'll take and a low ASVAB score means much less choice of job, or even no job at all.

Boot camp is 8 weeks and they do not get to come home after it, they go on to A school, and then depending on their job, maybe to C school. The training can take up to a year. Once he gets to A school and has been there long enough to qualify for Phase 3 he'll be able to leave the base overnight (but has to stay in the area). You can visit him if you wish. Usually they don't get their first leave until after their training is finished. If he's at A school over Xmas he may get to come home (at his own expense) as the base goes on stand down for 2 weeks. They get leave before they go on deployment, and leave when they return, so it's long stretches of not seeing them and short strectches of seeing them.
Thank you for explaining the scores from ASVAB. It made me understand what the Navy expects from it.

The information on his leave times has put me at ease a bit. Once again thanks for the information.


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