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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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my son is in A school now in pensacola Fl--he is set to finish on 9/6/19 and was told he starts 26 days of c school after that-- he is being stationed on the USS ronald Reagan in Japan-- his orders state he leaves for Sandiego on 9/30/2019- which would only give him 19 days in C school-- and they also say he will have 102 days in Sandiego-- leaving for japan on Dec 4th 2019-- but thats only 64 days in Sandiego-- also he says he isnt sure he is getting the 10 days leave we were expecting after C school-- just headed strait to California--i thought leave after school was a given?  im so confused- can anyone help?-- maybe he is just reading the orders incorrectly-- i told him to ask someone to clarify


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I can share my experience with my son - he finished Boot camp on 1/4/19. Stayed in Great Lakes for A School and completed on April 24.  He was notified he'd be on the USS WASP and would leave to Sasebo Japan. He was given a report date (to be in Japan).  

While he wanted 2 weeks of leave, he calculated the date he needed to report to his graduation date (from A school).  I informed him that if it meant missing his opportunity to head out to Japan, not to take leave (mama was good).  He then calculated he can get about 12 days in total time to come home.  A little before A school graduation, he was sent his flight info to Japan from Great Lakes. So, he researched and called the people who made reservations and was able to change his flight to El Paso Texas then fly out of home to Japan :) 

What I will say is that he had to do the leg work.  Had to communicate with sponsor in Japan. He had to get his medical clearances and get his paperwork signed off (?). This is something that he did in between classes etc.

He also contacted his recruiter and was able to work at the recruiting office for 5 days while he was at home. The leave is then "returned" to the sailor (I don't have the correct terms).

Well, he then flew out of El Paso - to (can't remember US city), then to Tokyo.  He called briefly to say he got there. Found his way to next plane and flew to Sasesbo.  Whew!

He has been in the USS WASP since then :)

So, have him ask questions - the info will come to him and sometimes he may not have everything right away, but it will come. It will work out!

Hope it helped.  

Working with the recruiter is called RAP, and can only be done between A school and their first duty station.  Up to five days can be returned to their leave balance for doing this.  It usually consists of home visits or high school visits to talk to potential recruits, maybe do PT with the DEP group or answer their questions, and is an easy five days.


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