Hi Michelle - be sure to join the boot camp group - I left the link in the welcome message on your page. You will find lots of good info there as to what/when things will be happening in boot camp. You can expect the letter in about 9-14 days and once you have that you can then join your PIR group. Keep your phone handy and remember, no news is good news!
It is the same, but also different. My son, who is currently in BC, went to college before deciding on this career path. It is the same in that you are sending your child out into the world knowing that you will have little, if any influence over their decisions. You can only hope that the values and life lessons you have taught them will guide them and that you are sending a productive member of society out into the world. Since he went to college a 4 hour drive from home, we had to plan our visits well ahead of time so as not to show up when he was studying for exams or on a weekend that he and his friends were driving to a close away game.
The difference is that while your child may not text or call home a lot while in college, you do get some contact with them. There is not the communication black out that you experience in BC. Also, in college you can pretty much pick your classes in your chosen major, whereas in the Navy you can make your preferences known, but if they need you somewhere else that's where you're going.
Remember that during the first three weeks no news is good news.