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Hi. My son will be re-enlisting in August. I have a specific date and time, and I am wondering whether it is a ceremony that I should attend.

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ElizabethE - I do not have any experience with a reenlistment ceremony, I would ask your son what the plans are for a ceremony. I would not ask him if he would like you to come, because if he thinks like mine, he will tell you no because he doesn't want to burden you, even if he would like to see you. I would find out if they will be given any sort of liberty time or if he has some leave time. If he can't come home, are you able to go visit him. Most of the people that I converse with here on this site would give any opportunity to see their sailors, especially the ones that did not get to attend PIR due to the shutdown. 

I would say that would be my deciding factor, how much do I want to see my sailor and are we able to spend much time together, versus whether or not the ceremony was worthwhile or if they had one. 

Hopefully someone with some time in will see this and be able to reply to you. In the meantime, I have started another group on this site called Beyond BC that is basically for anyone that has an enlisted sailor or reservist that just wants a place to stay connected with other Navy Moms. Beyond BC - Navy For Moms (

You are welcome to come join us and your insight would be helpful to others in the future with similar questions. 

Hello ElizabethE -- My Sailor just re-enlisted last month and I was bummed not to be able to attend.  It's not a Huge Ceremony but it is a chance to see your sailor.  Mine had us on Facetime  and he had his Earbud in his ear so we could hear him speaking (He got permission first since the Earbud is not regulation) First they say some things about his service then they discharge him. He is no longer in the Navy and could leave if he so wanted... We told our Sailor to RUN!!! This was his last chance at Freedom... He just laughed and then had to share with the company what made him giggle!  Then the sailor is given the chance to say a few words.  Ours chose to say nothing... A rare Feat that was appreciated by his company.  Then they swear in again and are usually given a token for doing so. (My sailor was given the pen he used to sign his reenlistment papers... It has been a running joke between him and his command higher ups that he is too lowly to be given a pen to sign stuff and that when he reaches that level of authority his command will issue him a Pen!  He now has his Pen!! (Of course he's transferring to a new command this summer!)
I would ask him if he wants you there.  If you can swing it you may even be able to make a vacation out of it if he has leave time or even just daily liberty.  At the least he can ask that it be photographed and or ask a buddy to facetime or Skype you in so you can watch from where ever you are.  I take every opportunity to see my sailor that I can manage when time, health and money allow!  Chipmunk is right.  Look at it this way... Can you see and spend time with your sailor?  The Re-enlistment is just a bonus! (Something that will take about 15-30 minutes give or take from your time with your son!)

UPDATE--- I had my sailor home for the 4th!! He was here for a week and it was wonderful!  He is not super bummed that we didn't make it out for his reenlistment because he said the video was just too funny with us talking in his ear the whole time!

I don't think there is a general advice for that. I agree with "belovedbyHim". It depends on your proximity, what your Sailor wants, what his Command wants, so on and so forth. The Sailor gets to choose a lot of things about the re-enlistment ceremony, but they are usually pretty brief and low-key. I don't think it is common for parents to attend, but it isn't unheard of either. 

I wouldn't plan on going to great expense or long distances, unless your son can take some time off and you want to make an extended visit. (We flew out to Hawaii to visit our son when he was stationed there because ... Hawaii!)

Fun thing I didn't know: when re-enlisting, they get an Honorable Discharge (DD-214 and all) for their original enlistment, then they swear in for the new enlistment. My son told me a Sea Story about a sailor who got to the point where they hand them the Honorable Discharge and take a picture, then said "Thanks!" and left, because all he wanted was the cake.

WearsLargeHats - That last bit is funny!!! That would be my sailor !! He keeps missing the cake on his ship due to his work schedule. 

Oh My!!! That's funny!!! My son promised "Mam" that he wouldn't do that to her so when we were saying run in his ear, he started giggling!

Thanks for all the insight, everyone. Mine is a rather unique situation because we are burying my father at Arlington National Cemetery the day after he re-enlists and he will be present for that. If it were at any different time, I would have no hesitancy about going up there. I just have a lot of logistical stuff I have to deal with in DC prior to my dad's funeral.

ElizabethE - My condolences. Given the circumstances, I believe your sailor will understand if you are not able to make the reenlistment ceremony. I believe he will be the best one to converse with and get an idea of what, if any, ceremony there is going to be. If a virtual viewing works out that might be great otherwise maybe someone is able to at least take some pictures or video tape it for you. 

I'm so sorry for your loss.  Ask him if someone can record it so you can watch it when you have time.  It is very similar to when they first swore in at MEPS.  Not as big a deal as PIR or change of Command. Maybe if he is able to get it recorded you can watch it together after the funeral.


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