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I've seen it mentioned a few times that the recruits can wear a watch during bootcamp.  My question is what kind does it have to be?  Digital or regular? Black band or stainless?  Does it even matter?  Anyone who has info please post it here.  Thanks!

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We bought our son a cheap watch to take with him, just in case they didn't let him keep it. It was a regular black digital watch. I plan to take his good watch to him at PIR. He hasn't told me whether they let him keep the cheap one or not.

Yes he can.  Check out:


The following is a list of authorized personal items that you may want to bring to training, but are not required. Any unauthorized or unnecessary items (including your civilian clothes) will be boxed up and shipped home at your expense.

OK to bring:

  1. Wrist watch, wedding ring.
  2. Religious medallion (No larger than the size of a dog tag).
  3. Writing material (NO bottled ink).
  4. Pocket dictionary.
  5. Pocket bible.
  6. Small address book.
  7. Hairbrush and comb.
  8. Pre-paid phone cards.
  9. One pair of prescription glasses, reading glasses or contacts (with one week of cleaning solution).
  10. A small amount of cash (i.e. less than $10).

Female recruits may retain the following personal items:

  1. Feminine sanitary items.
  2. Conservative cosmetics. Female/one of each: face powder, blush, lipstick, eye shadow and mascara (non-aerosol or glass). Make-up will be authorized for division photos and graduation weekend only.
  3. Barrettes (Female/must match hair color).
  4. Birth control medications.

Note: Female recruits are not authorized to bring a swimsuit, underwear or bras. All will be issued upon arrival.

My son purchased a cheap watch at BC but found out before PIR that it was not dress code so we purchased him a nice watch after PIR that fit dress code.  All I know about the dress code thing was it had to be all black or silver with only a certain color for background/back lite color he will learn all this at BC.


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