The following is provided by lemonelephant, the mom of a Sailor.
If you have not joined the Group, New Moms Stop Here, you may want to do so, or at least check out all of the good information, especially that within the "Pages" on the right hand side. There is also very good information in the Discussions.
You will want to visit the RTC website. The pages that will be the most important are the Family Guide and Upcoming Graduations (This page is where you will print your Parking Pass for PIR.).
You may want to look at the RTC Facebook page. Pictures are posted of the Divisions and you may see your Recruit. There is also a Mixed-Up Monday Contest that you will want to get in on because the winner gets to have a picture posted of his/her loved one's Division. (I wonder if you could set up separate FB account with a totally different Username than your own or the one you use on here to keep things more confidential. Hmmm????)
You may want to let the guys in your Recruit's life know about NAVYDADS.COM.
If you have a teen daughter who would like to connect with others with siblings in the Navy, let her know about the Facebook group, Sisters of Sailors. That group was started by a mom and her daughter from the PIR 09/23/2011 group.
If you wish to order a Blue Star Service Flag for your home, go to http://www.mybluestarflag.com/freebluestarflag.
If you want a Welcome Home banner to put outside for after A School, following deployment, etc., go to http://www.buildasign.com/Troops. They have deals for military families that will allow you to get a nice banner for the cost of shipping.
Another site for banners more suited for indoor use is http://www.partybanners.com.
The following group is on N4M. Military Deals & Freebies includes links and information on deals for our Military Active Duty, Reserves, and Veterans.
salpetty (Ship 09 Div 315) provided this information:
Just an FYI...Here is a link to your recruit's training guide.
They carry this around wherever they go the whole time they are at bootcamp. You might find it intersting. A lot of info in here. They are expected to have their nose in this book all the time. The main thing I stressed to my daughter before she left was, "If you are ever standing around waiting in line, or sitting in a class waiting for it to start, you better have your nose in that book." Before she left, it was very hard to avoid being Petty Officer Mommy...and I think it used to annoy her. Funny how her letter to me last week had slight undertones of, "Oh..now I see what you meant". :)
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