kitcat23 - Good PIR notes!
I am not sure what the bluejacket manual is, I will have to ask my son about that one. He didn't have an issue with it but did with the following.
Due to several issues with his last minute orders, he had his shampoo bottle in his carry on backpack instead of packed in his sea bag - also he didn't want it to leak. It had not occurred to me that he would not necessarily know the TSA regulations on liquids. He had to leave an almost entire bottle of shampoo at the security. This was hard on him, mostly because he was embarrassed and also because he was the one who had paid for the shampoo and it was his money he was leaving behind.
This was only his 2nd ever airplane flight so it is important for us as parent's to review some of these things with our young people before they go off to boot camp. I felt bad that I hadn't thought to say anything to him.
Glad you had a good time at PIR!
kitcat23 - my son's A school was in Goose Creek, SC and he is taking his comps tomorrow for Nuclear Power School. His PIR was August 2017, so we have been out from PIR for a year. I am usually on BC Mom but due to some other family things I have been on hiatus for about 2 months now. Where is your son going to A school? - I haven't looked at your profile to see other groups you are a part of.
NAVY4BB - Your sailor gets liberty time based on whether they are staying in GL for A school or flying out. Those who are staying in GL, usually have the weekend that they can visit with their family, but they have to stay onsite in the evening. In other words, they can not stay at your motel.
If they are flying out, they should have their orders before PIR graduation and able to tell you. If they are like my son, they won't have their orders until they have had to deal with several things after PIR, before they are free on liberty. Only your sailor is able to give you their flight information and most likely they should know by the 6-7th week of boot camp where they are actually going to A school.
I brought some clothes for my son and his phone, charger and Kindle. He packed in a small drawstring bag what he thought he wanted. He put it inside this larger backpack they issue at BC.
One of the other things that my son asked for was his running shoes and then I even ordered him an extra pair, plus extra dark socks as well as dark underwear after a short time at A school, I had another pair of his running shoes mailed to him. The only civilian clothes they can wear, until they "class up" is lounge wear or other clothes that they are in, inside their room. Again mail with priority mail what they don't take with them.
SailorMom18 - be sure to watch PIR live stream and then you should be able to also view it when it is archived. I don't know if you are on BC Moms but Phoenixmom usually posts the link there every so often. Also if you go to RTC's website, they have the link as well.
kitcat23 is right, you don't want to send more than just the basics.
SailorMom he will be able to have his phone and Laptop as long he has room to put his lap top up, they have to have permission to leave belongings out. as far as civilian clothes I would send Undies, socks maybe some sleep pants and t shirts white full collar. but jeans and all that other he has to wait to phase up to get those.And then at that time he will notify you to send.