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Just out of curiosity...does anyone know why it takes 8 months to get to boot camp?


My son is finalizing everything with the recruiter...just wondering why there's such a big delay.



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Took mine a year!!! And that's when he went to MEPs 2/2009 he went to bootcamp 2/2010.  The economy is tight with no civilian jobs so military is a good option for some, steady pay, great benefits, etc. 


I know it's frustrating to wait, but hey, this is the military, everything is "Hurry up and wait".  Use the time as an opportunity to learn everything he can, attend DEP meetings, get in excellent physical shape.  That year will be over before you know it!

The Navy is very over-manned right now and they're able to be very picky about who they'll take. Used to be you could get in with a GED but now you need at least a HS diploma and have to be squeaky clean as far as character is concerned. Many recruits are having to wait up to a year so anything less is a gift. He should use the waiting time wisely, going to meetings at the recruiting office, and getting in the best physical shape of his life. Boot camp is very hard but being prepared and not having to play catch-up all the time makes it a little easier. The most important thing is to stay out of trouble! Any kind of problems have to be reported and they could turn him down for the least little infraction of the law. Remember, there are hundreds of other young people just waiting to step into his spot if he messes up.
What are DEP meetings? 

Your son will be in the Delayed Entry Program (MEPS). He will meet with his recruiter monthly at DEP meeting (with other recruits) and work on learning things they need to know before boot camp. My son's DEP group also has PT (physical training) once a week. 

You should go here and read everything!


We were told b/c they can be picky on who they take. Originally they told my son it would be 9 months to a year but since he did pretty well on the Asvab it was only a 5 month wait. Plus the recruiter wanted to teach him some navy things I think it was probably better, b/c he learned alot before hand.  Hopefully it will save him from doing extra--push-ups.

The Navy is over-manned in most rates now. Recruits have to wait for an opening.

I think it is actually a good thing. The Navy gets better  qualified recruits and the recruits (who use their DEP time wisely) will report to boot-camp better prepared in all ways. 

Thank you everyone for your info!

My personal opinion is that kids right out of high school for most part are not ready to commit to serve in any branch of the military. I would recommend going to a junior college and working part time to get a taste of real life prior to enlisting. With added maturity, the recruit would adjust to the training, future deployment and everything connected with military life.

Of course, there are many exceptions.

And there is the flip side of delaying - time to develop bad habits, time to get in with the right crowd, possibility of getting a girl pregnant (getting pregnant) - all sorts of pitfalls!

My son signed his contract in early November. He graduated HS last week and leaves 8/8.

The time has flown and he has had time to to learn and prepare himself. He has read the Blue Jacket Manuel, learned his 11 General Orders, etc, practiced drills and participated in the DEP Olympics, worked out on his own and with his DEP group. He had been able to volunteer for Navy Week in Dallas and has participate in a mock swearing-in at a local pro game.

I am so grateful for this time. I feel he will be pretty well prepared when he leaves in August. I think the Delayed Entry Program is really a good thing. Like everything in life, it is what you make of it. A positive attitude is always the way to go!! :)  

My daughter completed all of her HS requirements in Jan and left for BC 4 May. She is going to miss walking with her class but she wanted to get to BC as soon as she could. It was 5 days shy of 6 months from first time @MEPS till she went to BC, not bad at all.


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