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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

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Hi Everyone, 

First, I want everyone to know how grateful I am for this forum.  I have searched so many blogs and forums for support and I feel that I found it here with you all although my situation is different.   I am a spouse of a future sailor whose ship date is June 24, and I am just about to lose it. We were not expecting his ship date to be this soon but the rate he wanted became available and we jumped on the opportunity.  The downside is that we have less than 3 weeks to prep for BC.

Can someone share any knowledge they have about the current situation in bootcamp?  My understanding is the recruits will be in quarantine for 14 days and these days are not part of BC.  And that BC itself will only be 6 weeks as opposed to 8.  We could not get straight answer from his recruiter as to what to expect during these 14 days which definitely is making us anxious. 

I guess what we want to know is:

What type of activities can he expect during quarantine?

Will recruits be allowed to call home during this time since it is technically not bootcamp yet?

Thanks in advance!


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Kellyrene -- I am so sorry that you are struggling so much!! I know that feeling soooooooo well!!! I hope you read my reply above that will help give you some of the information you are looking for.  You did good to just talk over and tell him you love him.  Boot camp is still only 8 weeks as long as no one in his Div tests positive. 
My Son also went in right out of High School (Graduated May 18, shipped June 26) But it was 7 years ago so I have had time to adjust.  There are still hard days when the Navy Allergies come fast and furious! (Deployments are still tough). He lied to us to get us to sign off before he turned 18 and from that point on it was all Navy all the time! 
While I wish I could tell you that every thing will go smoothly, I won't lie.  We are in rough seas here!!  We do have some moms who have made it through so it's not completely uncharted waters as it once was but one thing that is Key in the Navy is things change until they haven't!! Thus the Motto Semper Gumby!!  I hope you also join us on the Main BC page so you can ask your questions and get the answers you seek.  We are all volunteers here but the common thread is our love for our sailors!!  Please let us know how we can help support you while you find your sea legs!!!

Kellyrene - My son left three years ago on June 29th right out of high school, so I understand how that sudden and abrupt change from always having your child at home to no longer and not even able to call and talk to him feels. As BelovedbyHim said come chat with us in the main comments page on the BC Moms group (you may have, I just haven't been there yet.) Feel free to post something daily if that helps you through these times, we are use to it and it is okay to share. 


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