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This discussion is for those who have an SR in Ship 04, DIV 820 and 821,  PIR 10/14/11.   These are brother divisions and will be spending a lot of time together from what I understand.  Remember OPSEC rules and for security pictures of your SR or names of SR.  God bless you all! 


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I did call his Recruiter and he said I could put anything I want to, that there was no paper. And, my son doesn't remember ever filling any paper work out for it to be sent to local newspaper. So I called or local  newspaper, she said to email a picture and all the information like when he left for Boot Camp, when he graduated, address so people can write him if they want, etc. So I don't know...maybe we live in a such a small town that they don't send that info out?

RTC FB says that the recruits have the opportunity to fill out a FLEET HOMETOWN NEWS form, they inturn send it to local papers with your zip code but you will need to check with your local paper to find out what their turn around time is for receiving and publishing military news announcements.

Thank You!!

It can also depend on the paper a s to what they do with the announcements. i was diappointed that ours just had it in their on-line paper but did not put it in print.Be careful about what u put in print, like what he is doing next would be a good thing to leave out if he is going to SEAL training.


Congrats to ALL, moms and sailors! hope PIR was great!! Good luck to your Sailors!

So now that grad is over how are we all doing? Yesterday was pretty good but today as reality sets in I am feeling so emotional. Is great to be able to talk to him regularly but jeez I miss him a lot. :(
During graduation we were all on such a high, the ceremony, getting to see our sailor etc....  Have come back to reality and like you said pretty emotional.  I agree with being able to talk to him, we email and txt each other so it's a nice kind of different but will always miss him being here.  Our long chats, his great sense of humor and HUGE smile - miss him loads :(
Yes, I was actually feeling ashamed and guilty that I feel worse right now than when he was in boot camp. It's just very final now, whereas I had so much to look forward to with the PIR. The reality of life without any of my three grown children anywhere near me and him the farthest, it feels has been hitting me so hard. I'm having a difficult time thinking that from now on and forever it will just be snippets of time with him. Thanks for letting me be where I am on here as always.

:)  exactly how I feel.  glad to know I am not crazy..


Anne Dalene That was beautifully said "snippets of time" ... so glad we all have each other to cry with because I feel the same. 

Anne Darlene....feeling the same.  Feeling really lost now!  Overwhelming sadness...


I have been a faithful reader of this site since the start of boot camp for my son through PIR and now.  You have all expressed my thoughts and feelings and continue to express them.  I am glad the thread continues after PIR.  This is only the beginning and I was a little afraid I wouldn't have any place to go to where I could see that I am not alone in wondering, waiting and learning.  Thanks for being there.  I will continue to read and feel comforted that I am not alone.  God Bless and God Speed for all our young men as well as all of you.

Anne Darlene....feeling the same.  Feeling kind of lost now!



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