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My son's recruiter told us that they will pull all of his wisdom teeth at BC. Do they do this during the processing days? I can't imagine having to start the intense workouts 2 days after having all 4 teeth pulled out! What if they end up with dry socket or something? Will they have to be put in a different group then graduate later? Another friend said to be sure he knows he doesn't HAVE to get them pulled but that they will "highy reccommend"it.

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My son has been gone almost four weeks. He sent me a letter that said he had his wisdom teeth out on Aug. 25. He said he was glad because he got two days bed rest. He healed quickly and they gave him vicodin. I wouldn't worry about doing it before hand. They take good care of them. They also give them a day of light duty, so 3 days to get better. Yours will be fine. :o)
My son graduates 9/1 so he recently got his pulled about 2 weeks into BC he said he slept for two days with the pain meds & that it wasnt that bad.

I work with a lot of deppers who go to boot camp.  Not once have I heard they they wished they had their wisdom teeth taken out before boot camp.  In fact, they all are so happy they they got them taken out while at boot camp since it breaks up the training, and they get a couple days off.  Wisdom teeth are usually taken out ~2-5 day of training.  

Getting wisdom teeth out is often referred to as "recruit vacation." Once they're there, most recruits say the pain is worth two days of doing essentially nothing, catching up on sleep and getting a mental break. My son was thrilled to get the break. They took all four of his wisdom teeth.

My son needs all 4 pulled out.....I hope it doesn't affect his graduation time!


It won't. He will be thankful to do it at bootcamp.


My two sons were total babies when it came to having their wisdom teeth taken out. We had their regular dentist do it and were home surrounded by their favorite things for their recovery - which took a few days.
I only have one of my four taken out. They'll get the other three when I am good and ready.

Nick's Mom - In boot camp the recruit is totally stressed about everything.  To get a 2 day break on your 2-5 day is a welcome joy.  While all the others that already had their wisdom teeth taken out are cleaning the head, marching, PTing  you are laying in your nice rack (bed) getting a well needed rest and getting your batteries recharged.  Why subject yourself to getting yelled at for not marching correctly, or not having the head clean well enough, when you could be just sleeping the day away?  

Why would your son want to bust his butt even harder, while others are sleeping in?  It's not like you're going to learn something on those days.  Too many recruits would have to make it up.  So it's just a "make work" day.  To teach your son what a "make work" day is, have him go into your front yard and tell him to dig a hole 2 feet wide, by 2 feet deep.  After he's done, tell him to fill it back up.  When he ask why? Just say, it's a "make work" day, and just wanted you to do something.   

Is he part of any deppers forums? (ie


Im with you son was glad he waited and got them done in bootcamp. Who a no brainer.
Just got my first real call from my son (he is in week 4 and is in a push division). He had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled last week and he is fine. I had some apprehension about this, but he is doing great. I think the human mind is capable of great things, including helping to heal the body. The attitude in boot camp is that getting wisdom teeth pulled is 'no big deal'... I think the recruits tap into this mindset and they just get over it faster than they would at home being babied by mamas, which is exactly what I would have done! That being said, surely some have a rougher time, but my SR said the Ricky Crud (cold) he had was worse than the wisdom teeth (and one of his had to be broken it 4 pieces to be removed). He said he basically slept, drugged for 2 days and had light duty for a couple of days. Everything in boot camp is skillfully planned to push the recruits, but to keep them safe.
I am glad all those recruits thought it was no big deal to get their wisdom teeth pulled at BC. I know the Navy has good personnel in the medical field. My sailor broke his ankle and has had multiple surgeries. My kids had their pulled in high school during Xmas vacation by our regular dentist. Moms, you know your child. You also know if your pocketbook can take the hit or if there are other places to spend it. I stand by my opinion. Yea, I can be one stubborn mama. End of discussion.


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