My son is a Senior in High School and signed up in November 2019. He is currently going through his DEP process and will be leaving for boot camp 8/13/2020. Like all of you, I am beyond proud, having had many veterans in my family-my husband, USMC, my Dad and brother in law, Army and many cousins in the Navy and Air Force. Even so, I am a little anxious about the whole process being the Mom this time. I know this group mostly focuses on boot camp and graduation so if any of you may need to direct me to another group for the meantime I would appreciate it. My son is signed up to be a Mine man...I swear he did that just to make me worry...LOL! I joined a Mineman's Mom group on here but doesn't look like it's been active since 2013?? So, if anybody knows an active group for that occupation, please let me know.
Welcome Angie- This is a great group to be in. I am not sure about the other group thou. There are several ladies on here that are very knowledgeable and can help.
Great! Thanks! :)
Welcome SpenmanMom-- As I'm sure you have realized the BC page is a bit shaken today. The news from one of the Mods is hard to hear! I did not want you to get lost in the fray. You are in the right place! You are wise to be here so early in the journey. You have time to learn and prepare, however it may still be harder than you thought. That's ok! You may also find that you are so well prepared that you sail right through and are able to encourage other new moms who don't find us till the day of / day after/ week after....
There are some great ideas and great info in the posts. I have written a blog for new moms on the first couple of weeks. https://navyformoms.ning.com/profiles/blogs/boot-camp-first-weeks-t...
I suggest you both watch the "Making a Sailor" videos (Links are on the left). Encourage your recruit to stay in Top shape and learn (Memorize) his DEP Book!! (There is a Bonus for acing it on the first try!!!) There are DEP Pages as well. They tend to be a little less active until it gets closer to ship date. Feel free to ask any questions either here or on the main BC page.
Being a Navy wife is nothing like being a Navy mom!! You may have a slight edge but this is your child!!! You also have the unfortunate down side of KNOWING what the Military is Really all about and that is the sometimes scary bits!!
Let us know how we can help!
Some groups are definitely more active than others. Sometimes by you posting in them you can get activity going again.
Here's the link to the August DEP group - you might find others there with SR's leaving around the same time:
Thank you SO MUCH!!! :)
Hi and welcome to the group. I was in the same boat as you are now. I had been the daughter, sister-in-law, served in the Navy and the wife of a service member. Out of these, being the mom was one of the hardest. I contacted my mom during my sons time in boot camp and said how did you do this with me. I mean at least now they are able to call a bit more than I was able to when I went through. She said it was hard but they did it so I could do it too. You will make it there will be times that you are like I can't do this anymore and there will be tears at odd moments, but you can do it.
There are wonderful people on this site. It helps, to commiserate with people who know what you are going through.
Only other tip, I would give you is to make sure he is working on his PT. It seems in my son group, that is what was tripping people up. Have him running and such so that when he gets to boot camp. It is not such a struggle.
Hope you have a wonderful day.
Thanks! I really appreciate the responses! He is actually working out with a friend of his that is going into the Marines so he is being challenged in ways that he will never see in Navy boot camp thankfully! LOL. He's got his mile and a half run down to about 9 1/2 minutes. He is a crazy picky eater so that's the main thing I am concerned about but I guess if he gets hungry enough he will eat so he can keep going! He's wanted to go into the military since he was 10 years old so I know he is going to be great! I'm going to be the basket case. He's my "baby" and will make me an official empty nester. Just not going to like the limited contact.