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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

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"

...and visit - America's Navy and to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in August


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in August

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for bootcamp in August...I will leave the year open so that even future Deppers leaving in the month of August of any year can join...Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions

Members: 747
Latest Activity: on Saturday

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPpers leaving in the month of August (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

We are an extension of the group DEPpers/Future, but not gone yet- see the link above.

If you haven't been there, go there now....There is a ton of information that you will need and are probably dying what to send with them to Boot Camp and BC videos! :)

So if you have general information and comments that will be helpful and/or encouraging for ALL new DEP/Future Sailor Moms, then leave it in that main DEPper/Future Sailors Group, but if you have August ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in August, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...

Things to do in the last month before your future sailor leaves (Click on the link.)

Once your recruit has arrived at RTC, the next stop here is to join the group Boot Camp for Moms (and loved ones)  Hangout and ask questions in this group until your form letter arrives.

Within a week to ten days after your recruit arrives at BC, you will receive "The Box." The box will contain your recruits clothes, shoes, cell phone etc. If you do not receive the box, and your recruit did not take a cell phone it is very possible s/he donated clothing items.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the Security Access Form. The Security Access form needs to be completed and sent back to your recruit ASAP. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), Things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets.

After you have received the form letter, join the group for your recruits PIR. There you can ask questions about PIR, training, hotels etc.Those groups will be posted in the Boot Camp for Mom's group.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

**It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

Discussion Forum

Leaves Auguat 20, 2019

Started by Jamie. Last reply by Milliemax2 Sep 3. 16 Replies

My Son is off to start his adventure 8/27/19

Started by MyNavyRoo. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 30. 9 Replies

Shipped out yesterday

Started by Leslie. Last reply by InTheNavyMom Aug 15. 10 Replies

August 29 group

Started by Kim. Last reply by lemonelephant Sep 19, 2018. 5 Replies

Leaving August 30, 2018

Started by 4Roses92. Last reply by Navy4JK Sep 18, 2018. 21 Replies

My son

Started by Erica. Last reply by lemonelephant Sep 14, 2018. 9 Replies

My son left 8/23

Started by Wcpunk4. Last reply by Anne Marie Sep 13, 2018. 7 Replies

Leaving Tomorrow Aug. 29th

Started by krisam. Last reply by lemonelephant Sep 12, 2018. 10 Replies

Left for Bootcamp

Started by tiffanyw18. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 29, 2018. 4 Replies


Started by Bb8/00. Last reply by Son#2 Aug 12, 2018. 9 Replies

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You need to be a member of DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in August to add comments!

Comment by partyofseven on Saturday

Welcome SherylJ, 

That is awesome. Did you receive his ship # and address as well? If so, now you can start writing letters and planning for the trip. It will be here before you know it. 

Comment by SherylJ on Saturday

My son left August 29th and we recieved his PIR date which is November 1st. I'm so excited and relieved to get this information. I hope everyone else is being supported and allowing themselves to feel whatever it is they feel. 

Comment by Milliemax2 on August 18, 2019 at 2:23am

My daughter leaves aug 20th

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on August 13, 2019 at 3:21pm

Navynewbie - it has to be a specific calling card for actual phones, not for cell phones.  You'll have to look around a bit to find the right one.  I don't remember how much it was when we did it but they can take it with them after they leave and use it in the fleet eventually.  If you can't find one he can buy one at the NEX.  It's nice if you can get it beforehand though so he can figure out how it works lol!  But again, not the end of the world if you don't......

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on August 6, 2019 at 5:25pm

InTheNavyMom - wow - one week to go!  Hopefully everything is in place - be sure to talk to your son about what his wishes are if (heaven forbid) something serious were to happen to someone back home - would he want to be contacted or wait until PIR?  Be sure to join the boot camp group - I left the link in the welcome message on your page.  There's lots of good info there that will get you through BC.  Good luck to your son!  He's got this!

Comment by InTheNavyMom on August 6, 2019 at 5:22pm

Hi!  My boy is leaving Aug, 13th, 2019.  He is excited and ready to go!   Like all the moms I guess, I'm filled with mixed emotions, but happy for him.  I think I'll feel better once we get the first few weeks of boot camp behind us, or...(maybe when I actually show up for PIR).  

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on August 5, 2019 at 4:40pm

How's everyone doing?  Anyone have a recruit getting ready to leave?

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on July 22, 2019 at 11:41am

Hi Bluewater!  Hopefully some others will chime in soon.  I see you joined the boot camp group - that's a good place to get answers to most of your questions.  I'm sure with his ship date coming up soon your son is prepared mentally & physically.  Use this time to make some memories!  Enjoy the next few weeks and remember, we are here for you!

Comment by Bluewater18 on July 19, 2019 at 9:59am


My son ships out August 14, 2019 - anyone else's recruit leaving then?

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on April 9, 2019 at 2:09pm

Welcome new members!

**It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

Also, be sure to join this group for boot camp moms, here you'll find lots of valuable info.


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