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Hello everyone,

My daughter leaves for bootcamp November 9th.  This will be the first time she won't be home for the holidays.  I was just wondering what happens during Thanksgiving and Christmas??? 

Just wondering,


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hi mln1 and i am not sure what happens but let's keep in communication , My son left the 8th of November.. were are you leaving out of?maybe we will see you there?
hi mln1 and i am not sure what happens but let's keep in communication , My son left the 8th of November.. were are you leaving out of?maybe we will see you there?
well, we just got the adopt a sailor form in the mail on monday, his mom isn't sure if she can go or not.. but it said we had until the 15th of november to fax it in! so i don't think that it is too late yet!
I saw on the Navy website today that they DO have adopt-a-sailor and they had to stop taking applications because they had "an overwhelming response"!!!!!!! Hopefully your recruit will be allowed to share a meal with a host family. Host families go out of their way to provide a great meal and fellowship for recruits. Yes, it stinks when recruits miss the holidays but host families are the next best thing! God bless America!!!!! Good luck to your daughter. My daughter graduates from boot camp the day before thanksgiving.
Not all recruits get to go, they have to have been there a while. If they haven't been fitted for their dress uniforms and had them issued, they can't participate as they can't leave base. Around week three, I think, I'd have to double check.

I was in for the holidays, they get a good meal, time to go to church if they want, and a relaxed schedule.
Last year only recruits in their 6th and 7th weeks of training were allowed to go, and not all divisions had the chance. As I understand it, RDCs made the decision, and some decided that their divisions had not earned the privilege of leaving base.

Recruits get dress blues and whites in the 5th week, just before they do the formal portraits.
Id like to know the same thing. My daughter left for bootcamp on 9 Nov. as well.
thanks for any information.
hi did you hear from your daughter yet and do you what ship and div she is in??
Hi Mary,

I recieved my daughters box cant wait to hear from her. A lot harder than I thought but I'm doing ok. How are you?
Did you get her ship and div yet??

I did get an address finally had to call the recruter. My daughter is in Ship 7, Div 7117. I was glad to finally send the letters we have been writing. Hows things going for you and Your daughter? Hang in there and have a good day.
hi April our daughters have the same ship # but my daughters div # 043. I was so glad to finally get her letter and her graduation date Jan. 14th. Hope your doing ok too.
yes I was wondering as well , my son left on the 7th.... so by thanks giving he would prob. be barly there for like two weeks :( what happens if they stay on base?


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