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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"

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"

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I noticed most of the discussions were 2018 and older, so I wanted to start a new discussion for those leaving July 2019.  I'm not sure about others, but I feel like I need to cram family gatherings and events prior to my son leaving.  I remember my brother leaving for BC and not really seeing much of him after.  After reading many of the articles, discussions and others' post, it seems like we have a fair amount of task to complete prior to his ship date.  Anyone else feel the same?

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Yes I feel you to. I am now finding myself having more family bbqs, planning Easter with my son in mind and already even planning the the 4th since his birthday is also in July and he will be gone by then. I was just reading the "planning for your future sailor's ship date." I noticed they suggest to use the Navy credit union. I never even realized they had their own credit union? So much to prepare for. Hang in there, I hope we can lean on each other as the days get closer. 

Thanks for starting this discussion!  The date for my son to leave for boot camp is coming up quick.  It's nice to connect with other moms at this same stage.  We are definitely cramming as much family time in whenever we can.  I need to find this document about planning for future sailor's ship date.  I keep thinking I should be doing more than I am.  Yikes.

Here's the link with the info to do in the last month:

Things to do in the last month before your future sailor leaves

Thank you very much!

You are welcome!  It's also very important that your recruit has the physical requirements down before he leaves ;-D

Our daughter leaves July 9th! We've been counting down the days since last summer, 29 to go, then pretty much "radio silence" while she's in Bootcamp. Whoa, am I right? Good luck to us all!

5PurpleTulips, our son also leaves July 9.  We are in this together, mama!  He also made all of his arrangements last summer.  Because he's been waiting so long, he's so ready to go. The roller coaster of emotions has begun in our house for sure.

5PurpleTulips - be sure to join Mom's of Daughters 2. 

Yes! We just crammed one last family vacation in last week, his graduation party, his friends have a going away party next week, so many "fun" summer things we want to get done, all before 7/25. Totally understand this!

We did the same.  We were so busy trying to get everything in I am not sure where the time went.  My son is almost ready to land in Chicago from MEPS.  

crossings45 - be ready to get your 30 second "I'm here" call probably in a few hours!  Also be sure to join the boot camp group - I left the link in the welcome message on your page.

OK.  Thank you.  I am trying to figure out when he might graduate?  His recruiter said they thought 9 week, but I see here 9 Fridays.  My cousin who is an officer in the CG said that the Navy is always changing graduation dates.  Your thoughts?

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