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(Original post by Arwen)
Public Display of Affection
In the Navy physical forms of affection such as hugs, kisses, and holding hands while in uniform are known as a "public display of affection" (PDA) and are forbidden.

There is one exception: families saying goodbye to a sailor before a deployment or greeting a sailor returning from deployment or long separation. Boot camp counts under this exception, with limits. One enthusiastic hug of greeting and a quick kiss are acceptable. French or extended kisses are not, nor are extended hugs, hanging off your sailor, etc.

Hand-holding at any time is forbidden. There is a compromise, and I consider it to be a fairly romantic one. A sailor may offer his arm to his girlfriend/wife/mother; she lays her hand in the crook of his LEFT elbow in a formal escort-type pose. Likewise, a female sailor can take the RIGHT arm of her husband/boyfriend/father with her left hand. In a truly romantic gesture, men may lay their right hand over their lady's
hand (to keep it warm, or for skin-to-skin contact). The sailor must always have his right arm free to salute an officer or properly displayed flag.

Also, just because you aren't on base, don't assume they aren't
looking. RDCs and other boot camp personnel also go to the mall, out to restaurants, to Chicago, etc, and they will be looking for new sailors breaking the rules. Some may actually be assigned this job in popular venues. Even if they run into the recruit by chance and are just out with their own family, they will report the new graduate. You won't likely see them because they will not be in uniform, but they will see
your sailor.

And no, they won't punish YOU. They will punish your sailor when s/he returns to barracks. The most common punishment is to have their liberty revoked the next day, or if the behavior is observed on the final day of liberty, new sailors can be retained for an extra week of boot camp. These are not idle threats. They actually do it. If you want to "mug it" with your sailor, get a room!

About uniforms
Your sailors will be wearing their dress blues if it's winter and dress whites if it late spring and summer at PIR and that whole day after you drive off with them.

Be sure to bring a lint brush or sticky roll for your recruit to "clean up" his or her blues. The blues are wool and pick up just about anything. If you are bringing a pet, bring one of those sticky-tape rollers to de-fur your sailor. Bring a towel from the hotel or from home for them to sit on in the car or when you are out and about!

Be careful with whites, they show everything. On Saturday and Sunday they will be wearing their service uniforms, aka "peanut butters," which is a khaki shirt and black slacks or skirt. In the winter they may be cold in the short sleeves, so make a stop at the Navy Exchange so they can get a uniform sweater and a name tag (but have them check with their RDCs first to make sure it's okay).

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I think I saw this question posed on a group somewhere, lol, but I never saw a response. When does the Navy change from summer to winter wear? Anyone else craving Chicago style pizza but scared  to death of droping it on their SR's pristine whites??

It will be sometime in October.

I'm going to print this out so the other females in my family can read it. We're a very "huggy" family, so it's going to be hard for us not to hang all over our SR (my son). We're already drawing up plans for who gets to sit next to him in the car, and my daughter has claimed "dibs" on the right to hold his arm.  This is good information.

Too cute! It is a very "gallant" thing...kinda fun...something at least!

WHAT?? You mean I can't hug my sailor?? That's like telling a kid in the candy shop you can't have any candy... OMG I'm almost teary thinking about it.

Yes, you can!

Boot camp counts under this exception, with limits. One enthusiastic hug of greeting and a quick kiss are acceptable. French or extended kisses are not, nor are extended hugs, hanging off your sailor, etc.

LOL so one never ending enthusiastic hug. Got it. Haha. Ah heck who gonna wanna touch her in those white clothes anyway. Note to self: get tide to go sticks.
And no smear make up! I just asked my son to pat me on the back for when I was supposed to stop hugging him!


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