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It's going to be a long 2-3 weeks before he calls again.  :(

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You may want to check out and  They will give you an idea of what is happening.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Mom's, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here.  Once you know his PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Mom's and/or at and join the group for that.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)

Thanks!  Those are great links.  It really helps knowing what they are doing up there.

You are very welcome.

We just called the recruiter today to see if he could provide us with our SR Ship # and Div #.  The recruiter said our SR has an anticipated PIR of 11/9/12 and the division he said he was in was r2012368i and this is what he said to use as the mailing address:

SR {lname}, {fname mname}
Ship 14 USS Arizona (BB39) 711
3410 Sailor Dr.
Great Lakes, IL  60088-3510

The division number and the format of 2nd line of the above address doesn't seem to mesh with what I've seen here or on the American Red Cross site.  Any suggestions?

That's the same Division and Ship for my daughter !!!!  I just got her address yesterday.  Check on this site for the format of the address - that is pretty close.

I have to go find the group for our ship/div and join.  I hope you do too!  I also hope to meet/see you at graduation.

How did you get her address?  Did you already receive mail from her?  I can't figure out from what the recruiter gave me what the Division # is though?

Here is your recruit's address:

SR Last name, First name MI

Ship 14 Division 368

3410 Sailor Drive

Great Lakes, IL  60088-3510


 r2012368i means that your SR will have PIR in 2012 with Division 368, an integrated (male and female) division.  I still don't know what the r stands for.  BB 39 is the compartment number and the 711 is part of the building number; it is actually 7111.  You only need to address the letter as above.  You can put in Recruit Training Command or RTC, but it is not needed.  You can also put USS Arizona in front of or behind Ship 14, but again, it is not needed.  If your SR uses the ship name in the address, then use it when addressing letters.

Know that Divisions 367 and 368 are brother divisions and train together and will have Battle Stations-21 together, so look for others with loved ones in either division. 

Thank you so much lemonelephant.  It figures too, I get the form letter the next day after I posted!  I really didn't think I'd get it so quick.  Now to search out other Div 367/368 loved ones!

I am happy that you got it.

My son is in Div 367.

My son left 9/12 too. I already miss him so much. Here' to hoping the 9 weeks goes by fast! If you need to talk, let me know. Best of luck to both you and your son.

Thanks.  It was so hard going through all the good-byes with friends and family and the farewell party.  I thought it would be easier once he actually left, but so far...NOT!  Maybe when we start getting and sending letters?  Hang in there!


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