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My daughter leaves August 23rd, any all advise welcomed. I know as a mom we never stop worrying about our babies. Will it get easier? Are there any lists or websites you suggest, can we send them care packages? How do I know when she will complete bootcamp, so we can make travel arrangements?

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It doesn't get easier, you learn more and get better at it.

Absolutely no care packages during boot camp, although specific items can be mailed if your recruit makes an request as approved by her RDC.  Letters and simple cards are fine, and the Sandboxx app is great to send letters quickly.

You will receive a form letter with her PIR date nine days to two weeks in, maybe a little longer.  Until then, you can guesstimate the date by counting nine Fridays.  DO NOT count on that to make arrangements though!

There are a ton of great links in this group, as long as you are looking at the desktop view, not so easy on a phone.  There will be a PIR group for here date created once they're there, and the links to those are posted down in discussion.

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Welcome Kristie - You are in the right place!  Most of your questions can be answered here in the boot camp group.  To figure out when PIR (graduation) might be you count 9 Fridays from when she leaves.  But remember, this is just a guestimate.  It could be the week before or the week after.  Don't make plane reservations until you get the official form letter.  And even then things could change so be sure to use someone like Southwest or consider get insurance.  They can NOT have care packages in boot camp - don't send anything but letters in plain white envelopes.  You can even use the Sandboxx app but it isn't recommended for after BC.  You will want to keep your phone near you at all times.  Keep it charged and the ringer up loud!  You will get a 30 second "I'm here" call the night she arrives and then another call around 3 weeks.  Lastly will be the "I'm a Sailor" call.  And depending on how her unit does you might get extra calls in between but no guarantees.  Remember, no news is good news.There are lots of groups on here where you can find information regarding boot camp and beyond.  If you can't find something, feel free to ask.  There's also USPS informed delivery which you can sign up for - this shows you what mail you have coming.  I'll give you some of the links.  You'll get through this - we're here to make sure of it!

USPS Informed Delivery - sign up and receive an email from the US Postal Service showing what mail you will be getting each day (if available in your area).  

USPS Informed Delivery

And here's the link to the Moms of Daughters group:

Moms of Daughters 2

I am sure the other ladies on here have gave some good advice but I wanted to say you too are in training (I figured this out yesterday) and your daughter made an amazing decision for her future.  Wait for your letter that will arrive after 2 weeks (that first 2 weeks was hardest for me).  Spend some great quality time with her now.  No care packages in boot camp this will cause punishment (or as my SR says beatings) so only letters in plain envelopes.   You got this and these ladies here are wonderful

Make sure she gets ad much sleep as possible! My daughter got there July 16th and before she left she said that 1st day she was going to have to stay up a very long time. I'm a newbie as well, waiting to get mailing address.


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