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My son will be leaving in September for bootcamp. I am so proud of him! However everytime I think about all of this I start crying. I know when he leaves I am going to be an emotional mess!

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NavyNukeMom-- I have shared before that I felt the same way.  My son also left shortly after Graduation (June 26-- 7 years ago!) and I thought I would die from the grief!  I too felt like someone had died and you know what, Someone had!  The Vision of who I thought I was and who I thought My kids would be.  My Identity for the last 23 years (at that point) had been Mom, Protector of children, Healer of boo boo's, Confidant, Guardian, Comforter...   My oldest had gone to college for a bit then had moved to CA at that point and my youngest was starting his Senior Year.  Mommy was no longer needed but Mom was. It was hard!  There is NOTHING that can prepare you for sending your child off to the Military.  It is NOT like College. There is an understood level of risk that while it may be small still is always there! More so than most other jobs.  The enforced Great Silence is so HARD!! Combine that with the "Secrecy" and the stress we have all been under it is no wonder you feel as you do!

This is my Blog that will give you a bit of an idea of what the first few weeks will look like.  With COVID  Some of the Pday items are happening in week 1 or 2 and some of the week 1 & 2 items are happening in Quarantine.

Most of the recruits seem to be sending the letter home 3ish weeks after leaving and the first phone calls are around week 4ish from leaving.  They are still completing BC in about 8 weeks if no one tests positive.
This site will also give a breakdown of what they are doing by week and day through week 6.  Please Keep in mind this is all Pre- COVID.  We cannot confirm what is or isn't happening.

I encourage you to post on the Main BC page since you will find so many more moms that are there to support you!  You are not alone or Crazy!! We understand!! I promise you though, We have not lost a mom to Boot camp, We won't start with you!! 


Your story could be mine! My son enlisted in August 2019 in DEP and we thought we had so much time--he shipped June 30 and today marks our one week. He is going to Nuke school too. Every day brings a new worry it seems--yesterday was a particularly bad day missing him but today is better. I hate that we won't get to go to Great Lakes but we live only 4 hours from Charleston so hoping we will get to see him more there depending on their restrictions. 

Glad to have found this site and all the great folks here!

Welcome Redrover0628,

It is good to have you on here. There is a lot of wonderful moms on here and on the Nuke page as well. They are awesome. I see that you already posted on the main page so that is great. 

Redrover0628 - my son left for BC on 6/29 three years ago. It was his father's birthday as well. It is so sad that everyone is not able to go to PIR, it is not just for us family member's but it is for our sailors as well. The restrictions are hard on them as well, so we do the best we can from a distance to keep them cheered up. I will say that with your sailor going to NUKE school, you will have a few more opportunities to possibly see him than with many rates. And I would love to live only 4 hours from Charleston. I made 4 trips out there while my son was in school and we live in OK. Three trips we drove, one we flew and we flew him home twice - and then after his duty station move. We have also flown out once to see him in Norfolk, VA where he is stationed now and I was planning a road trip this summer but that has all been put on hold. Stick around and stay active here, we will share with you the ups and the downs. 

My son took the test, sent in all his information in April. Have only heard it takes time. How long does it take for medical clearance and the process to begin. My son is healthy just had a broken collar bone in 2017

Good Morning Cathy RNC,

And welcome to our group. It is great to have you here. If you post on the main page you will find lots of information about boot camp and beyond. belovedbyHim has a blog that is really good as well.

With COVID going on it's hard when mine signed up he was still in high school so when he graduated in May, he could have left in June but he wanted to wait and he left at the end of August. So it depends on how fast the recruiter gets everything processed and how fast the medical clearance comes in. Also, my recruiter was always in touch with mine so maybe call the recruiter as well to see if he can give you a time line as well. 

Welcome again and please post on the main page as there is a lot of moms on there and we all help each other.  


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