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Hello,  Does anyone have a loved one on Ship 07 Div 113? I just received the form letter from my Son.  Thank you.

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Hi Jean, I've been waiting for someone in this group to show up. Our sons our in Brother Divisions. My son is Ship 07 Div 114 and I believe will work together in groups for certain tests. I'm not the expert on here but I'm starting to understand a little more all the time. :)

This is a great site. I don't know what I would have done without it these last 2 weeks. There's a lot of good networking with moms/wives/girlfriends that are in the same boat. (no pun intended) :)

My son is going into the Submarine Electronic Computer Field (SECF). I still cant believe it, a sub! 

Wayne's also the youngest (of 5) so I think as hard as it was for me to let him go, it will help him develop into such a strong individual.

You will love hearing from all the other moms, it's a great group!


Hi Waynesmom,    I'm gaining more knowledge every day too.  By the time that they graduate I'll feel like I will be graduating too.  I'm not very patient so the eight weeks will seem like an eternity.

Just received my form letter today!!!  So EXCITED!!  My hubby is on Ship 07  Div 113 as well!!!
Awesome!  What is your husband's area of interest?
He's going to be a grape lol
I'm new to the navy lingo.  What is a grape?
Aviation Fuel person

Hi everyone,

I just received my sons "form" letter yesterday and he is in Ship 07 DIV 113. He joined them a couple days late because of the snow. This is my second time around with boot camp. My youngest son is a Marine. I am new to the Navy side and find this web page confusing. So much information and links. It took me over 30 minutes to find this group again (I saw this group the other day but didn't want to join until I heard from him).

Jeannie, my son should be with yours.


Hi Debbie,  I'm glad to have you join us.  I am just getting to know the areas of the site too.  There is so much information and advice.  I am trying to learn the ropes so that I don't share too much information or send my son the wrong thing so that BC is harder than it is already. There is a group for every interest which is great. Two weeks down 6 more to go!  How long has your youngest son been a Marine?

Jean-9 ship 07 div113,

 Can I call you Jean? :-) My youngest son left for Parris Island in June 09. BC all summer down south. This child BC up north in the winter... I think this is easier the second time around. I was on the Marine page for parents and families all the time! I don't have as much time on here because I work full time and am taking 2 accelerated college classes. So when I am not at work I am doing school work or writing letters to my son. This page has to take a back seat for now:-( but I will get on as often as I can. I learned so much through Marine wweb page and made lasting friendship. One lady I met online son was in the same platoon with my son. Come to find out they were rack mates and best friends. I can't wait for PIR. I have such fond memories from my other sons. Staying connected to thoses parents and reading about what my son was going through helped a lot!

Someone asked what they could send their loved one. My experience before was we had to wait until they were given permission to recieve things. Then we could only send what they were allowed by the RDC's. If anything else was sent the guys got in trouble and they did not get them. I was told by my sons recruiter not to send anything. The guys would not be allowed to have it and the RDC's would eat it.

This son listened to the stories from the Marine son about what happen to thoses who received things and asked asked me not to even send cards or colored envelopes. So I copy a cards on regular paper and send it in a plain enevelope. I did this with my Marine. Since I did not sign the orginal cards (only the copied one sent) I have all the cards I used before (who know I ever go throgh this again).

If you find any more people with our guys(ship 07 div 113) on another page or group can you let me know? I do not have time to search the site for a few more weeks.Thanks.


Hi Debbie,  I sure will let you know if anyone else replies.  I work full time and have several businesses with my husband so I my time here is limited too.  Wow!  You are ambitious with work and school.  Good for you!!  I have been reading that less is more but sending stamps, address labels and most of all white envelopes is the way to go.  I certainly don't want to add more work or anguish to his time at BC. I have also joined the Navy Mom Cookbook and the Quilting Group.  I can see how the Moms can also form lasting friendships. I have also read that the RDC's scan this site so it is wise not to post too personal of information about your SR.  I have been writing everyday but one mom said that the SR could also get harrased if he/she got too much mail.  Do you think too much mail would be a problem?  I really miss my son and SO want his time at BC to be tolerable.  I love this site and am very thankful for all the information since I don't feel comfortable talking to my son's recruiters.  Good luck with your classes!!!  Jeannine


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