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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

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)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

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Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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Hi. My daughter left for boot camp on 9/6. We had a rough leave taking - not as described by recruiters and we were not allowed to say goodbye at all. Then I think I was asleep for the call (unknown # at 1 in the morning). Now I'm trying to operate on the no news is good news principle, but I can't wait to hear from my girl! I'm happy to have found this forum because there's so much I don't know, and didn't even know to ask about when she was talking to the recruiters.

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Welcome Mrs76peeps, I am sorry that you had such a rough leaving, that just doesnt sound right at all. I know this is such an overwhelming feeling, Please know that you are not alone. We all will be here for you thru this New Journey you are about to be on with your Daughter. Please come join us on this site I help out on there and you will meet so many Ladies/Mothers that are going thru the same Emotions/Understanding.  Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) Hope to see you on there, there is so much to learn and that is where the beginning starts.

Hi, my Daughter left on the 29th of September. We were lucky because we live amoutvan hour from MEPS in Seattle. We also stayed in the same Hotel they did and on the same floor. The dayvshe left we got to watch them swear in for the last time. We had to leave after that. There flight was delayed for 4 hours. They finally got to Chicago around 11:30 pm their time. We got her call at 11:30! All she said was She made it. Her box would be coming and that She would talk to us in about 3 weeks. Still don't have her address yet. Her Recruiter called my husband and told us her Address but, I was advised to wait for her letter. I was so excited that I wrote anyway. This is definitely been the toughest 2 weeks. No news is good news though. They will do their run in the 5th day and when she passes that she will just keep moving on. This sight is a lifesaver. I am kind of leary of what her Recruiter told her as well as myself. Hope this helped a bit. We are all in this together. 

Oops! She left at the end of August! 

Hi, Jana, just joined this group, i thought I lost you, haven't seen your messages. I received my form letter today, yours should be coming. What a big relief, really, such a nice feeling. My son is in Ship 2 Div 951. Hang in me. We have to be strong for our recruits!!!

Yep! They need us to be strong. 

Hi Jana, hang in there! It will work out. You’ll look back one day and won’t believe how fast time flies. My daughter’s PIR was in July and now she lives & works in Virginia Beach. Keep you head !!

Thank you! My Daughter will be going to South Carolina after her PIR. Oct 2nd will be the hardest day! She turns 19! First Birthday ever not Celebrating with her. 

I had to celebrate my son's 19th without him as well, he's in A school at GL. It was a very hard day for me but I had sent him gifts so they would be there before his birthday. I can definitely sympathize!

Hi mrs76peeps! Deep breaths!! I know it is hard and at times completely overwhelming! You are among friends and family here! We haven't lost a mom to boot camp... we won't start with you!
For all of you who have new recruits at BC they have made a series of videos that they posted on Facebook at that shows what they go through in BC from before arrival to graduation day.  You may want to take a look at those to get a feel for what is happening.
We will be happy to answer any and all questions even if you think they are silly or dumb or whatever. 
When my son shipped over 5 years ago I spent 3 weeks in complete tears and was a TOTAL mess.  Now that I have my sea legs I am better able to roll with the ebb and flow of Navy life!  This will be you someday too!

My son left for bootcamp that same day. We had one call since the initial, “I’m here” and one letter so far.His 18th birthday is Oct 3. First birthday away from us ever!

CupcakeHoarder, I left info on your My Page to help you get started.

Hi, Mrs76Peeps! My son also left for bootcamp that day and is in division 952. I want to thank all themoms who gave recommendations on where to stay when we come for PRI. I was lucky to get some rooms at the Residence Inn.


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