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Hi ladies I am new at this, my son went in on Monday June 17th.  I got the call at midnight and his box last Friday...I have been ok up until the last few days and I feel just sad the last few days.  Kyle's recruiter called me to say he needed Kyle's final transcripts for his rank but only told me his graduation date (Aug 16th) but couldn't tell me his ship (this was on Tuesday) so I figured Kyle should have already started training with his P days over last friday I am guessing.

Can someone tell me what day he may be on?  I know Sunday doesn't count but does Saturday?  I'm trying to follow the day by day online schedule to keep me a little sane.

I just wish his letter would get here so I can send him mine, not knowing if he is ok or struggling silently is hard...I know no news is good news but this is just hard...

Thank you in advance

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Hi Kyles Mom!  Welcome!  My son shipped out 6/19, so we are very close in hitting milestones.  I received my box on Monday.  I also felt a little emotional when I opened it.  He donated all of his clothes so all that was in it was his cell phone, charger, and his watch.  Like an idiot, I still stuck my nose in there trying to "smell him".  My oldest thought I was a little nuts and asked if I was okay!  I sat in his room for a bit and just thought about him and prayed.

I do not know my son's division yet either, anxiously awaiting that!  My son's recruiter has not contacted me at all to give me any updates or ask for any additional information.

Processing and training days are Monday thru Friday, no weekends or holidays. I am also tracking each day what he is doing, it does seem to help me.

One thing I've been doing is each night I write him a note/letter about things going on at home and things I'd ask him if I were able to talk to him.  That has helped me feel somewhat connected to him.  Another thing I recommend, everytime he crosses your mind, say a prayer for him.  It helps me feel like I'm doing something to help him and to think that at that moment he may be struggling with something physical and/or mental and that's why he popped into my mind.  Not sure if either of those will help you, but it has helped me.

Hang in there, we'll be old pros at this before you know it!!! Prayers of encouragement and strength to you.

Hi ladies, I just wanted to add some thoughts from a Navy mom whose son went through BC 3 years ago. As I read your posts, the emotions come flooding back. Getting the “box” was so hard - it was like the son I had known and loved for all of his life was gone and I didn’t know who I would be getting back after BC. I also smelled his clothes so I could feel close to him. I wrote letters even before I had an address to send them to so that he would know that he had support from home. I didn’t tell him how much I was missing him because I wanted him to just feel encouraged and supported. I would put little things in the letter like inside jokes he would understand and could laugh about. It was so hard not knowing how he was doing and not being able to talk to him. I prayed A LOT! And ladies, he made it through with flying colors. Seeing him at the graduation was such a proud moment. He has grown up so much in the last 3 years. Yes, you will be getting a different son or daughter back but it will be for the positive. It’s so cool to watch them master things and mature. Hang in there - it’s tough right now but you will soon be at graduation beaming with pride!

Hi Kyle's Mom... I'm traveling so pardon any spelling errors. Sat, Sun and July4 will not count as training days. There is a ton of information on the main BC pages. You are on the right track.
DavesMom & Susan64- Good Job (BZ) for having the right answers and helping out!...you will have this down in no time. I also wanted to let you know it is normal to NOT hear from the recruiter after your SR ships off to BC. Their job is to get the kids signed up and off to BC after that they are on to the next kid.

I just saw a post from a mom stating her son arrived 6/20 which is three days after ours. He told her they are on P Day 5 so maybe ours are on Week 1 Day 3? I'm so confused lol So if they have to do 8 weeks of 5 day long weeks does this move our graduation to 8/23 instead of our original plan of 8/16? We also have to consider the 4th of July holiday... 

So many questions ha ha It reminds me of a little sign I once saw in Hobby Lobby that said something about moms with questions or concerns can do better research than the FBI. lol Thats how I feel right now... My son would totally be rolling his eyes and telling me to "chill out"... 

The thing to remember is they do not all necessarily have the same amount of P days, and that training weeks always begin on a Monday.  Even if Monday is a holiday, they begin on the Tuesday and squeeze it all in.  4th of July won't delay training, just crams more into the other days of the week.

This is why you have to wait for the form letter, for all any of us know, your son and hers could be in the same division.  Just breathe and try not to obsess.  

Kyles mom- I’m new too, my son went to BC June 13, I think his graduation date is Aug 9.

where did you find a Day by Day schedule?

stay strong, we haven’t received our form letter yet.

Here is the link to the page I found.  It has helped a little
http://www.navydep.com/forums/showthread.php?t=433

Hi Kyle's mom, we are in this situation together, my son left June 12th, and I have not received any letters, I went to talk to the recruiter but he told me to wait for his letter.  So I write a letter every other day, and I watch the training weeks, Bct, making a sailor, that helps me a lot. But hang in there, you are not alone. Huggs for you from us. So I wait patiently for his address. Till then is a pleasure to have a conversation with you ladies, I hope you all have a blessed day.

Hello, Kyle's mom , this is a wonderful site.  My son left 6/11 . I have not heard from him , only when he was sending his box.  When I received it , I was OMG , this is for real .  These wonderful ladies here are so awesome. There is a lot information here that can help.  I was sad yesterday and the encouragement I received was such a blessing .  So your at the right place at the right time. 

Hi, my daughter arrived at BC last night (6/26)!! I think I will feel better tonight since I know she will be finally getting to sleep.

Hi, welcome aboard Jessica

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