My son shipped out yesterday to RTC - Great Lakes. He packed all that the start up manual suggested, and I added his Bible. However, at MEPS, he was told that all would be supplied for him. So basically, he went with the clothing he was wearing, his start up manual, wallet with ID/SS and phone numbers/addresses, and his Debit Card. That is it. Everything else they told him to leave with us. He was allowed a 2 min. phone call when he got on post, long enough to tell me he was there, loved me, and was sending home his clothing he was wearing, in a box. Also no other phone calls permitted for 3 weeks.
They have to pay for shipping their clothes, shoes, phone, etc. themselves?? What if their not prepared for that?
I'm pretty sure my son thinks the navy pays for the shipping.
Thanks! I don't ship things at all so I didn't have any idea. All he plans on taking with him is the clothes he is wearing, his cell phone and wallet. He will be able to keep his wallet right?
That is correct, they must purchase toiletries and underthings, running shoes, at the NEX (Navy Exchange). The reason is so every recruit will have exactly the same items.
Uniforms do not come out of their base pay, that is a misconception. The Nay puts IN the uniform allowance, and then takes it out. All for accounting purposes. You'll see this with their food allowance on A school too.