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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"

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My son is in week 2. My understanding is that it got very real for the new recruits. I keep reminding myself that no news is good news. Hugs to all of you who are missing your kids tonight.

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Mama Scha -- You are in the Hardest part of BC!! The Silence is deafening!!  Yes. No News is Good News but that does not soothe an aching momma heart!! {{{NMH}}}} You will get through this and look back and realize it was truly such a short period of time! 

Hang in there!

We are bursting with pride over his decision to join the Navy. I’m so excited to see the growing up he will do over the next year.

Right there with you girl! This has been the longest 2 weeks of my life and I’m sure it definitely has been for him. Hang in there, hopefully we get letters this week!

My Daughter got to boot camp 9/24/19. I got her first letter 10/10/19. She says it’s really tough, just like the movies! But she’s hanging in there. I’m missing her terribly, and am so proud of her. Prayers to all the families who are missing their kids tonight. 

Hugs to you Mama Scha. My son is in his fifth week, but was in P-Days from September 4-September 16. It was agonizing until I got the form letter and his first (three!) letters exactly two weeks after he arrived. It does get easier. And I do recommend joining your PIR group, and others if you know what his rate is going to be. I have "met" some wonderful, strong women on this site. You will too! We all have your back!

To all the newer moms on here, hang in there! The weeks I wasn't able to communicate with my son were the worst for both if us. As soon as you get the form letter, write as much and as often as you can. Our kids depend on comfort coming from our words from home. I'm in that last week. The communication dies down now as well. The only thing getting me through is waiting for that " I'm a sailor" call. May God grant our kids and us parents peace and rest tonight. Hugs to you all!

My Daughter will be fine 3 weeks tomorrow. Got the form letter last Monday and a letter from her last Friday. Missing her terribly. Prayers to all the moms with kids in boot camp tonight . We will get thru this❤️

Mama Scha - and others missing your kids / recruits, I have started recognizing over the course of the last 2 + years and 3 birthdays that my son has been in, that everything they go through, and everything that we go through is all training for on down the line. At BC - it is hard! But the Navy is hard. The silence is awful for those of us use to talking to our kids every day and even hugging them every day - but when they go on radio silence in the fleet - well we look back and know that at least at this silence we knew exactly where they were suppose to be. 

We hold on to the "No News is Good News" and our prayers and stay strong ourselves for our children and our family. Which is why this is such a great place to come and share our emotions and know that we will not be judged. 

Hugs to you and the other BC Moms - A suggestion, I started writing emails to my SR when he first went it and then I copied those and printed and mailed. But that way, he had all of my words of encouragement in his email for later that he could download if he wished to his computer or phone and have it with him always!! Also, every time I opened up a communication to him I had his smiling face looking back at me!

Prayers have been answered, 1st letter is coming today!! I just got picture of it thru email (informed delivery USPS), I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!! Thanks to veteran moms for all the words of encouragement and praying all you other bc moms hear from your babes soon!

Hello texasNavyMom ... you’ll be Receiving your first letter? Soooooo excited for you. I still remember that feeling. Enjoy reading it. I for one read my letter too many times. I’m so Happy for you.

i completely understand how you feel. I missed my son so bad I cried for 2 weeks after he left. When I finally started getting letters from him, his first couple letters were fine and then he started telling me how homesick he was and how you never realize how much you love home until you don’t have it anymore. I immediately wrote him back and told him how much we loved him, to stay strong and to push through and that we were so proud of him no matter what. I then found out 2 weeks before PIR he failed his final PFA run and made that dreaded scripted call home saying he wasn’t going to graduate and not to come. I then received a call 2 days after that saying he did pass on his retest and he was going back to his original division and graduating on his original PIR date. I guess what I’m trying to say is, while boot camp is stressful and trying for the SR’s and for us as parents, we find a way to be strong and push through it all. We went to PIR and it was the most amazing ceremony I’ve ever witnessed. Seeing my son and hugging and loving on him was everything in the world to me! It’s a long, hard road for them and for us, but all we can do is be supportive and loving and tell them to push through and this part of their journey isn’t forever. I was amazed at the change in my son at PIR and how much he had grown into a man from “the boy” I sent off just 2 months earlier. Trust me, it will all be worth it when you see him at PIR! This group helped me so much when I felt lost during those times, so keep talking when you feel the need too! But I have all the faith your son will be just fine and you’ll be loving that day when you see him for PIR and you get to wrap your arms around him and give him the biggest bear hug! Hang in there momma, it all works out!❤️


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