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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)

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Hello folks,  I am a newbie and my son is leaving for BC next week.  Any information would be greatly appreciated on what to expect and what should he take with him...thanks so much for your reply!  Have a great day!

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Hi ShellyH nice to have you here at Navy Moms, I will get you started with some sites to get you started. Please come join us at Boot Camp for Loved Ones.

 Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for....)

See Arrival and What Happens at RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works

These videos will give you an Idea as to what happens from when he arrives to graduating maybe you and him can watch together.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

Make sure he reads this, he needs to pass this PFA

See Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training (FIT)

Thanks so much....

If you need any help you will get much needed from everyone, send me a message if I can help. Make sure he takes his cell phone and he keeps it charged, that is how he will make the I'm Here call as they do not have phones for them to use. From what I am Hearing don't bother with a calling card as he will be able to purchase his own at the NEX. The Box it comes Fed Ex and needs to be signed for or a ticket will be left for pick up or maybe another delivery attempt. here is another site on how he will get paid.

When Will the Recruits be Paid? and Information for Spouses

Thank you I appreciate the info....

Hey hun! To start with, send him off with a book of stamps and envelopes. Money for food at the airport(there may be a USO) Minimal personal items because they will be shipped back to you in the "kid-in-a-box"(new level of ugly crying there). ID and Social Security card are vital. If you haven't yet, watch the YouTube videos of bootcamp arrival to gird up your loins to what your child will go through. Expect the form letter to let you know what division he will be assigned to and follow the directions to make sure he gets your letters.
The weeks will fly by, so make sure to plan your trip to PIR as soon as you know the date. Remember this name: Sarge. He will be your PIR guru.

Thank you so much...wondering will he be keeping his wallet with him or will it be sent home in "The box"???


Hey there! Have you received your box yet?

You are welcome!
My SR was told to bring a direct deposit form from his bank for his pay unless he wanted to open a new account. Other than that, I think the other moms covered what the SR can bring.

You can also go to and you can go to the dropndown menu and click on recruit. It will give you pdf forms for what to bring and what not to bring along with what phoenixmom already  has linked.  I would link it but I’m not very tech savvy!  Making a Sailor videos is a must watch!  


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