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Your recruit's final MEPS experience - an overview of their last hours as civilians

The day before your recruit is due to ship out s/he will report to his/her recruiter's office, for yet another drug test, weigh-in, and another round of paperwork. Then the recruiter will drive him/her to a hotel near MEPS, where recruits get a meal ticket and a room. They cannot have ANYONE in their rooms, even spouse/children, and must be in that room by curfew. In many places they are told they may not leave the hotel, even to have a last dinner with the family, but there is a lounge/restaurant at most hotels used by MEPS to house incoming recruits.

In the morning all recruits at MEPS (all services) will be picked up at about 5:30 am, either by a bus/van if there are a lot of them, or by their recruiter, and taken to MEPS.

When s/he arrives at MEPS he/she will take a final physical exam, another weigh-in and drug test, then wait to be called by a processing clerk. When recruits finally get their turn at the desk, they provide IDs once again, sign a thick packet of papers, then sit in a waiting area to wait for all recruits to finish.

When everyone is finished with paperwork (at this point recruits are mixed - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard), they are all taken to a special room where they will be sworn in. This can take place anytime between about 9 a.m. and noon. If family members are waiting in the MEPS waiting room, they can be there for this part. They often do two ceremonies, one ending with "So help me God" and one finishing with "I do so affirm," as preferred by each recruit. It's a very crowded little room, with almost no space for an audience, so pictures are difficult. Many MEPS officers, who lead the oath, will recreate this ceremony with individual recruits for family members to take pictures.

Then the recruits go back to the office, each is given their file, recruits are separated into small groups according to their service/destination and given meal vouchers to eat at the airport. One recruit will be put "in charge" of the group. They will be loaded onto a van, charter bus or are given subway/train tickets to the airport. At this point they will be expected to stay with the group but are not supervised.

You CAN go to the airport (separately) to meet your recruit, you may be able to get a gate pass to sit with your recruit at the USO or the gate if there is time before the flight. A better option is to make sure your recruit has his/her cell phone to call and chat while waiting. They cannot use their phone at MEPS or on the plane, but they can call from both the originating airport and the Chicago airport.

When your recruit arrives at the Chicago airport, they can take an hour to get a meal if it's not already really late. They should make it a big meal - they have a long night ahead of them.  Then they report to the airport USO office, where they wait for a bus to pick up them up and take them to RTC.

Once they step on the bus they must turn their cell phone off. Those who have cell phones will get to make a 10 second call from their phones a few hours later, it could be 5 p.m. or 1 a.m., depending on how late their flight gets in. Within an hour of that call, the recruits put their phones in a box with all of their other belongings (even their underwear!) to ship home. Usually the battery is put in one shoe and the phone in the other.

For more information about what happens next, you should watch the video Navy Racks: Boot Camp. It's a little bit dated, the uniforms are different now - but it gives an excellent overview of what their experience will be.

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They should call this the Hurry Up and Wait part.  MEPS is all paperwork and completing a huge file, your sailor's entire life in a file.  Our MEPS lasted several hours, lunch was only provided for the enlistees, so had to fend for ourselves otherwise.  Bring a sack lunch or know in advance to eat nearby and prepare for a few dollars.  The short meetings were unforgettable, and the swearing in is once-in-a-lifetime.  Bring your cameras, kleenex, and each other.  You'll want to be there.

Hi all, my son leaves for boot camp this aug.., my husband and i would like to join him for the final MEPS experience. does anyone know the hotel that would be staying in, in Tampa and if parents are aloud to attend.. any information would be greatly appreciated..

His recruiter will be able to tell you.

You may wish to join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in August. You will meet others with loved ones leaving that day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC. I also suggest you join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and New Members Stop Here and check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions there.

Your future Sailor may want to join http://www.navydep.com to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer her to some good links on 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.)

You can go to meps with your son? It's on a base.

If the MEPS location that your future Sailor is shipping from is located on a base, then talk with the recruiter about how you can get a visitors' pass to be there for the swearing in.

Also, join the groups and check out the info that I have previously mentioned to you.

My son just shipped out for Boot Camp today. I received my 30 second phone call, but, it was not what I expected. It almost sounded like it was scripted. This is a very difficult time for me. He is my only child.

It sounded scripted because it was. Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in May, to connect with others with loved ones who left today and may have PIR together.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. Once you know your SR’s PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and/or at http://www.navyformoms.com/forum/topics/groups-listed-by-pir-date and join the group for that once it has been created. There will be a lot of great information and support for you in those groups. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions within the groups. Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening, but you will also want to check out the other Pages in all of the groups.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)

I can sympathize with you.  My son leaves for BC on August 6 and I am counting the days and minutes. He is my last child.  Take heart, he is doing a GREAT thing!  I have had many people assure me when he comes out of BC, he will be a man who will make you very, very proud.  

Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in August to meet others with loved ones leaving the same day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together.

Thank you for info!

what happens if we do not receive our recruits belongings? is there a contact name, number etc?  my neighbors son left for boot camp at the end of may beginning of June and  she STILL has not recieved her recruits belongings and/or PIR information....

The recruit makes the decision of who to send "the box" and the form letter to and also who he will write and call while at the RTC. Since he left in June, she should have received something by now unless he has a reason for not contacting her.

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