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So my first born, my first true love is off to boot camp. He swore in at 9:30am. We got to be with him until 11:30am. We left at about 11:10am so that we could say our goodbyes away from the crowd. I cried a small amount during the swear in ceremony. Held it together while we waiting. Balled like a baby saying my goodbyes. Our 16 year old daughter is taking him leaving hard. They are so close. He went to the airport about 12:30pm. Flight left at 6:50pm. He was a little freaked out about the flight as his other shipmates and him watched an airplane catch fire on the runway. (Everyone got off safely). We are anxiously waiting for the phone call when he gets there. 9 weeks will fly by (I hope). He has a tentative PIR date already so we are keeping fingers crossed all goes well so we can have him home for a few days at Christmas. Prayers and well wishes welcome. I would share a picture but not sure I can. 

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My daughter left today also! She is so nervous but excited. My stomach has been in knots all day. I wish your son the best of luck and hope you get your phone call soon.

My son (also my first born) doesn't leave until Dec 4th, but I feel like the experience you just described will be similar for us. I also have a daughter who is 17 and is also having a hard time with my son leaving, since they, too, are close. I assume your son is also planning to have a nuke rating (per your username), and mine is, too, so that is another common thread!

I am sending many prayers and well-wishes your way, and I hope you will continue to share your experiences here.  Be strong, my friend! :)

My son left Monday, yesterday was his 20th birthday!  I got phone call a little after midnight on the first night.  Can I ask his tentative PIR date?  Recruiters gave us one too, but not making any plans till I get that letter!  

Sending lots of prayers!

I got my “I am here” scripted call at 12:30am this morning. I was a bit mad as I waited up for the call and for some reason my phone sent his directly to voicemail. But as my husband said now I can hear his voice whenever I need to. His recruiter told him his PIR date is Dec 20 if all goes as planned. 

Happy Birthday to your son michellek22!

And yes, counting 9 Friday's you are looking at a tentative 12/20/19 PIR.  But remember, it could change a week either way!  Definitely wait for the letter to be sure.

My son left on October 22nd too.  We just happened to be on vacation.  They moved his date up, so we weren't able to attend his swearing.  I hear due to the holidays.  Waiting patiently for a letter.  He did leave me a Build a Bear dressed in blue camo with a sweet message that I can listen to while he's away.  We heard from him at 9:41pm with his scripted message.  Prayers to all.  

Hi Ladies want to welcome you to Navy Moms. I remember the Ceremony how I held it together until I seen others crying then I lost it.....Boy still brings tears in my eyes still. It's been two years now that my Son has been in and is stationed on Coronado Island SD. He is linked to the USS Theodore Carrier. I can say he loves what he does, and is Happy he took this Oath. Please come join us at     

Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones I help out on there and you will find so much information to start you off with this beginning Journey. Hope to see you post and Introduce yourselves. And please keep phones close tonight for the I'm here call!

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