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  My son left for BC August 4th, and I read that recruits can have watches in bootcamp.  However, my son didn't have a watch, and my husband wanted to buy him one for his PIR gift.  Would he be able to keep it? 

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He can have a basic one in boot camp, although they aren't truly necessary - they are under constant control by their RDC's and Section Leaders or Ship Watch Recruits who wake them on time, and get them places on time. I bought my son a very basic black Timex watch the day before he left for Boot Camp, and the entire weekend he drove me nuts checking it every 2 1/2 minutes. They are so worried about time on liberty, they just can't help it :-) They can absolutely keep them in A school. I'd get something that would be pretty basic that they can keep with them to help get them places on time at A school, and keep a more special one for him after he is done with A school - which doesn't mean you can't give it to him at PIR, just keep it until he's in a more secure place to avoid theft or loss. Unfortunately theft does happen. My son wanted this really expensive watch someone in his Division got, and I told him I would give that to him for Christmas if he still wanted it then. Good luck to your soon to be sailor!
I know this may sound stupid, but what exactly is A school? I know right after bootcamp, my son will be doing 2 more months of training right across the street. This is supposed to be pre-buds, but I'm not sure if that has anything to do with A school. Thanks.
Thank you for the response. What is 'C' school?
I would give him a watch for graduation, but not a very expensive one. In A school, they can have their cell phones and that is what my daughter uses to keep time as well as her alarm clock. He will be able to keep the watch after PIR as long as he is wearing it. When you return them to RTC, they cannot have anything on them, but as long as he is wearing the watch, it should not be a problem. Everything thing that we brought my daughter had to come home with us, and then I shipped it out to her. At least once a month, she is asking me to send her one thing or another.

Congratulations on your son being in bootcamp. It will be a rollercoaster ride for you emotionally, but watching them graduate is the most heartwarming and proudest moment you will ever feel. Just remember to write at least a letter a day. They love getting mail.

Take care and god bless!


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