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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. 

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Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

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Hi all.... second time military mom here in Fl. Older son is Army, based at Ft Benning. Son number 2 heads to BC in a few days. Glad to have found you all. Look forward to learning from you!

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Cheryl S, congratulations to both of your sons.  It will be nice to follow your status about their military careers.  How long has your older son been in the Army?

Hi Tammy_Girl! He joined in Feb2015. We’ve done a tour in Afghanistan and he’s currently a Drill Sgt at Ft Benning. Thank you for the kind welcome and inquiry. I’m proud and wistful at the same time. ♥️ What about you?

Hi Cheryl - Welcome!  Be sure to join the March DEP group for a little more insight - here's the link:

DEP March

Make sure you keep your phone handy as you will get a 30 second "I'm here" phone call when he arrives at GL.  The official form letter won't arrive for about 9-14 business days - it will have his PIR date in it and his mailing address.  Start writing letters now so when you get the letter you can mail them out.  There's lots of good info on the main page of this boot camp group "answers to common questions".  Read up on it and of course, feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Thank you for this information!

Hi Cheryl S, this is a great place to be. Alot of compassionate people willing to give support and answer all your questions. Congratulations on your son's willingness to serve this great country.

Cheryl S, my son's PIR was 12/14/18 -- he went to A-School in San Antonio to become a corpsman and is now stationed at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.  Kudos to your Army son for his service.

Welcome Cheryl S! Atleast having another son in the military gives you some clue as to what to expect, but I’m sure that doesn’t make it any easier on the heart. Congratulations to you for raising 2 boys that are willing to serve our great country & protect all of us here in the great United States of America! Thank you for that Momma! 

Thanks for the warm welcome ♥️

Welcome Cheryl- That is awesome. Congrats on your sons serving and thank them for their service. This is a great place to be. 

Tammy_Girl- welcome- mine is also a Hospital Corpsmen. He is stationed at Jax right now. 

Cheryl S - Welcome!  The more you read and follow along with the comments to more familiar you will become with the ladies and some of the gentleman on this site. I did not find out about this site until right before my son's PIR 8-25-17, so I never joined one of the DEP groups, but you should find out some good information there. As B'sNukeMom said, be sure to read all of the information on both sites and then do not hesitate to ask any questions or just post comments, happy moments, sad moments. Our aim is to welcome everyone with a loved one in the Navy, and in this group in particular, those who have one headed off to Boot Camp.

My son is a Nuke currently serving in the fleet. My husband was Army ROTC, but during his time of service they needed more enlisted than officers, especially engineers.

Thank you for your son's Army service and we welcome you warmly into the Navy family.


Thank you Chipmunk, and Partyofseven- I appreciate the kind wishes. Chipmunk, my son is headed to Nuke school assuming he finishes bc.
I work so it’s difficult to find time to post and read but all have been helpful thus far. Ty to all for your sacrifices and service. So grateful!!! #USA ♥️♥️♥️

Cheryl S - it is understandable. I am home during the day, but sometimes I post as I see comments come in, but yesterday and today, I was so busy I couldn't stop and reply. You have a lot going on currently getting ready for your son to leave, but be sure to join Nuke Moms group as well. Feel free to ask me any questions as they arise. 


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