Good morning Ink424 - first of all welcome to not only Navy4Moms but to the BC Mom and loved ones group. We all volunteer our time on this site and sometimes we are busy with other family things so we don't always get a chance to reach out to you on your profile page and welcome you individually.
I would encourage you to go to the BC Mom group page, scroll down past the discussion area to the Comment Wall and post your question there as well. More of our members receive those posts in their email feeds to see and reply there than they do here in the discussion area.
Not everyone receives the "I'm safe" call. There could be many reasons for that, but especially if your son's cell phone went dead or something before being able to make the call.
I realize it has been 4 weeks but that has not been uncommon, especially in the last months before receiving the Form Letter. If your son had to be in hold for any reason, either they were verifying his vaccinations, waiting for enough recruits to show up for his division to fill. During the height of COVID it was taking 4 - 6 weeks for the form letter to arrive, so this is not completely unusual.
As far as reaching out to the recruiter, they really do not have to share any information with you due to HIPPA and security reasons since your son is over 18. Generally, even if you get an address from them we tell you to wait to receive the form letter as someone has to be trained from each division to handle the mail for their division and until then the letters are just put aside.
Thank you so much for responding! I will try not to worry and just wait. Thank you!
My daughter arrived the day before, 9/22. The great silence has been difficult but the Boot Camp Moms group has been very helpful. We're here if you need us.
I definitely appreciate your responses. I’m feeling a little more at ease. Thank you so much!
Good Morning Ink424 and welcome to our group. We are glad that you are here. I had just logged off when you posted or I would have answered you. :)
The first couple of weeks of no silence are hard. Staying busy is key and start writing now so when you receive the form letter you can mail those letters off right away.
The COVID time line that Chipmunk posted is the most recent one that we are sharing with all of our new moms until we hear differently from GL. Keep hanging in there and know that your loved one is safe at boot camp and being well taken care of.
*****INFORMED DELIVERY UPDATE*****
For those of you who have USPS Informed Delivery, I received an email today that they are discontinuing the App as of 6/12/2021 and you have to download the USPS Informed Delivery Mobile App to your phone. It is very easy!!!
This is a great tool to have and you can see what mail you have coming in every day!!! I love it!!
Let us know if you have any other questions and someone will answer you! No question is ever dumb!!
is it possible he called someone else? Dad? Girlfriend? They only get to make 1 very short call.
It’s normal not to receive any other calls after that one for the time period you list. Do you have his address? Are you writing to him?
Unfortunately, recruiters are not a good source of information once your recruit is at RTC. They really don’t have access to any additional information.
As hard as it is not to hear from them, remember that “no news is good news.” If there were a problem of some sort, your recruit would be allowed to call or you would hear from someone at RTC.
Will you be attending PIR?
Ink424 - Pausing his cell service is probably the biggest reason you did not receive the "i'm here" call. Based on your comments of his leave time, his projected PIR could be anywhere from Nov 12 - Nov 24th. The PIR prior to Thanksgiving is on Wed. I would suggest that you go ahead and also join the PIR NOVEMBER 2021 (https://navyformoms.ning.com/group/pirnovember2021) - group. It is a closed group, you will have to wait for approval, but there is a little more freedom to discuss information about PIR since it is not a public group like this one is.
Please keep in mind that masks are mandatory for everyone inside the RTC buildings. Also, you will need to show proof of your 2 COVID vaccinations when you pick up your tickets to attend PIR. Your 2nd vaccination must be 14 days earlier than when your sailor's PIR is in order to attend.
You should receive a form letter soon that has information about graduation and also will include a security form. Your SR will be allowed to have two guests only attend the actual graduation / PIR ceremony. Anyone else that travels to GL will have to stay at the motel.
If your sailor is going to stay in GL for their A school then they will likely be able to put in a CHIT (a liberty request) to stay with you at your motel. If they are flying out to their A school, you will likely only have the afternoon of their PIR to spend time with them. To my knowledge they are still NOT flying commercially so you will not be able to go meet your sailor at the airport.
It's so hard waiting for that first contact! Keep writing letters and just save them until you have his address. It should be arriving soon. I'm sure you will breathe a bit better (but probably just a bit) when you are able to communicate.
Good Morning Ink424,
You are very welcome. And yes if he had to quarantine that may be why you haven't heard anything yet.
Prayers for you to hear something soon. Hang in there. We are here for you!!
Ink424 - You are welcome!! If your son had to quarantine, then that is likely why you have not heard anything yet.