He's been in DEP since July. His recruiter called today and asked him if he wanted to leave on Wednesday - as in 2 days from now! He agreed and the recruiter put his name in for the open slot and he got it. He's going to be an aircrewmen. His scores would put him in nuke school but he doesn't want to be in school that long or for that program.
So now we found out when the recruiter called to confirm his spot that he goes for his PRT on Wednesday and he ships next week. It's so sudden and I feel like we are not ready yet. LOL.
His older sister is coming home from college tomorrow to spend the day with him. I made an appointment with our attorney to get the Power of Attorney drawn up. I'm thinking that we should do a family portrait. What else should I do in the next few days?
Here are some things you need to do:
1. Assist your future Sailor in getting his slim black wallet ready. (See the discussion, Help (clickable link), to know what he needs to take.)
a. Decide if he is going to use NFCU (I suggest that he does.) or his own financial institution. He will need to have form 1199A completed at his bank (the bank has the form) if he will use that and put the form in his wallet.
b. Get the calling card numbers.
2. Help you future Sailor decide what he will wear to MEPS and if he will take a change of clothes or not. He must have clean underwear (boxers) and socks at MEPS. Also discuss his options of sending the clothes back in the box, trashing them, or donating them.
3. You need to determine if you are going to MEPS and airport and find out from the Recruiter when you should be there if you are.
4. Talk with your future Sailor about how you want to handle any bad news. My Sailor told me he only wanted to be notified if his father, sister, or I were to die. He asked that news of any other deaths or hospitalizations, even grandparents and close friends, be kept from him until after PIR. Fortunately, we did not have to face that.
5. Decide if you need a power of attorney. You may need this if he has bills that you will need to take care of. You may also need this if he were to be hurt while at the RTC. (Talk about BEFORE they leave for bootcamp.... goes into more detail on this and other things you will want to take care of.)
6. Help him determine the names of up to 4 people who he will be listing on the Access List. (See page 2 of the Family Guide to help you decide.)
7. Call and put his cell phone on military hold while he is at BC beginning the day after you expect him to arrive. Set it up so that you can call the day before PIR and remove the Hold so that he wil be able to use his phone on Liberty and once he gets to "A" School.
8. Have him help you decide what to do about the things in his room.
9. Relax and enjoy the time you have together.
I hope that helps.
You may wish to join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in September. You will meet others with loved ones leaving that day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. I also suggest you join New Members Stop Here and check out the Pages and Discussions there.
(Group names and the link within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and when the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)
Wow. So much that I never considered! Thanks for the rapid response.
You are very welcome. I wish you and your future Sailor the very best.
Only thing I would add is the HIPPA form allowing you to be told of any medical problems that might crop up this is not covered in a normal power of attorney.
Make sure he takes his Social Security Card
And a calling card with LOTS of minutes on it. Costco carries these. Make sure to activate the card BEFORE he leaves. Stamps are another needed item, and bopth of these go in his wallet.
Take a deep breath and enjoy the last few days that you have with him.
#4 of Lemonelephant's list is very important. My Seabee said he didn't want ANY news of anything until he was done with bootcamp. We never had the issue come up, but I'm glad I knew what he wanted instead of worrying about it if it did.
I have made a better check list--at least I hope it is better. You can check it out at Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for... (clickable link) in the September DEP group.
AWESOME list lemon! Thanks for the great effort! Ebigirl :-)
Thanks for that. The most recent list is also a featured discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for... (clickable link), and I thank Colleen for that.
My thanks to all involved. It takes a ton of time to put things like that together. :-)