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Can anyone tell me how long our SRs are actually allowed to stay on the phone when they call home?

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the very first call when my daughter arrived it was like a 30 second call seemed like.  I have not received any others yet.

Thank you for the reply. I read that other SRs called home and could talk like 15 minutes. That really threw me off, because my son's PR date is 10/26 and I only got a 15 second phone call so far.

The RDC will schedule time at the phone banks for the division.  The RDC lets them know how long each SR has and then each SR decides how to divide up that time among the people s/he wants to talk to.

We often hear about at least 3 calls being the norm, but that isn't necesssarily true.  The "I'm a Sailor!" call is the only guaranteed call you can expect since you have received the "I'm here!" call.  Many do get to make the "I'm still alive!" call 3-4 weeks in, but that can be lost for many reasons.  RDC's may schedule other calls as well, sometimes as a reward if the division is doing well, but RDC's with award winning divisions have also not signed up for the phone banks for additional calls, so just because you don't get calls doesn't mean the division is not doing well.  Remember, "No news is good news!"  If something bad happens, you will get a call and that is not a call you want to get. 

Calls can come in on any day of the week, so have your phone available 8ish am to 8ish pm Central Time and be pleasantly surprised if you receive a call.  Also, if your recruit does not have a callling card, then you may not get a call.  They can buy calling cards at the NEX and some recruits share calling cards, but it is best if they have their own.  You can go to and email to get some free.

The "I'm a Sailor!" call can come on any weekday (F, M-Th) beginning on the day of the previous week's PIR up to the day before PIR.  It all depends on when the division has Battle Stations-21.  Those calls usually start around 2ish and could come in as late as 8ish Central Time.

I see you have joined the group for your son's PIR date; you may also want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Mom's, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here.

(Group names and the lik within this reply are clickable links.) 

There is no one answer. It depends on the RDC's and scheduling issues. IF your SR has a gf/bf, I'll tell you now that those calls go to them, NOT home! I did get the "I'm a United States Sailor" call at the very end of bootcamp, and bawled like a baby!! You will be soooo proud.  :-)


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