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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"

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Seamen Recruits are here getting medical treatment for minor injuries. FIT DIV is also in this area. 

Location: RTC Chicago, IL
Members: 190
Latest Activity: Dec 13, 2019

It's hard not knowing! That is the purpose for this group. Most likely if you are here your SR has had trouble keeping up or not passed a PFA due to some sort of minor medical issue. Often it stress fractures bringing SR's here. Know this when you don’t get a call that is a very good thing. Calling them is not a good thing and it can negatively impact your SR to have his or her “Mommy“ calling!  They are harder on them in this DIV than any other. They want them up and out. The best thing you can do is sends tons of mail. Send scripture and motivational mail. I know my SR said reading the Bible was considered a sign of weakness here. When you get a tearful call motivate. Stay positive and encourage you SR. This is a small detour to greatness and getting the I'm a Sailor call!  Recruit family and friends…“Navy mom friends are the best“…to send your SR mail as well.  NMH for you all!!

Discussion Forum


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue

Vision Waiver

Started by Proudmomofsailor79. Last reply by jvjnavysister Nov 20, 2019. 1 Reply

My son was just transferred to Ship 4 as he didn’t pass his vision exam on intake. He did require a vision waiver when he went through MEPS. They are now requesting another waiver. Does anyone have…Continue

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Started by amb0821. Last reply by Sarah's Human Oct 17, 2019. 1 Reply

My son contacted me Tuesday to say he was sent to RCU for the flu and his graduation date is now pushed back.  a few questions:1.  Do they always return to a group or division on a set day, I mean..…Continue

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Comment by SuzyPWarrior on June 13, 2019 at 10:16pm

I also had the mental image of all these wounded recruits being like sailors sent adrift in a dark ocean at night. Up until now there were RDCs watching over them telling them every single move they needed to take but now they are in an ocean of limbo with no horizon of hope in sight. We need to be their guiding light to send them hope and prayers to not give up on themselves or their Navy graduation. It can and will happen but they need to know they have more power than they see, to just "swim" toward it. It's just over the next couple of waves!!!

Comment by SuzyPWarrior on June 13, 2019 at 9:01pm

@RALVDA2019--I can relate to your pain! Don't give up hope and you can PM me any time. I joined SHIP 04 RCU group but not the SEP group. I'm trying to stay positive that SEP will not be the route my SR takes! My observations about RCU, for whatever it's worth: Since the recruits are technically still "in training" I think the Navy uses more intense psychological tactics to test the recruits' resolve, mental/emotional fortitude, etc, even beyond what they would experience during regular BC. It seems they try to "encourage" the recruits in RCU to go ahead and SEP out, but this might just be a training tactic to weed out those who aren't mentally/emotionally ready for service. My SR (who currently has stress fractures in his legs) says "RCU makes bootcamp look easy by comparison" I don't think he was referring to the pain in his legs. He told me before he went into RCU the pain wasn't too bad except when he was running and there's no running in RCU until you've seen a doctor and are beginning physical therapy. These are just my thoughts. I've got other prayer warriors sending mail and encouragement to my SR, to hang in there and not let the negativity take over. I told him "You're still getting paid, and this is just a mind game you have to win to prove what tough stuff you're made of. Turn everything around into a meaningful (if not 100% positive) experience. You'll need this lesson in fortitude in order to make it as a Sailor. I'm sending up prayers for all those in RCU.

Comment by Sarah's Human on June 13, 2019 at 5:04pm
RALVDA2019, the other mom whose SR just went into RCU is SuzyPWarrior.
Comment by Sarah's Human on June 13, 2019 at 5:01pm
RALVDA2019, my son completely severed his right fibia and though RCU is no fun at all, he healed well and is moving forward. It’s a rough time for our kids and us parents but unless your SR has an unknown bone issue there shouldn’t be any long term problems.

There’s another mom whose son is in RCU right now who is reading and posting here. When my son went into RCU I met a mom whose son was in at the same time and having her to talk to helped tremendously. Look at the end of the top thread and if you like, send her a private message.

Hang in there. RCU is hell but your SR can make it through.
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 13, 2019 at 4:51pm

Hopefully the stress fractures aren't too serious. Most likely he will have some time to heal and then they will put him back in a division.  Hopefully someone else whose SR has been through it will chime in.  Encourage him to stay positive - this is just a minor setback.  Hang in there!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 6, 2019 at 4:53pm

If anyone has the link to the FB group can you please share it so I can update the information section above.  TY

Comment by Red on December 29, 2018 at 6:07pm

my son called and said he might have to have surgery his tendon popped in his wrist he will have at least 4mo in a cast. I am so glad he is still excited about being there and all he talks about is finishing BC I told him to make sure to put that energy into healing and he will be fine

Comment by AbbyM on October 17, 2018 at 1:03pm

My son was FFD on 10/15.  His new PIR is 11/16.  Only one month to go!!  Thanks everyone.  It was an interesting road and we'll both be happy when he finally says "I'm a Sailor!"

Comment by Inkiri on October 3, 2018 at 8:18pm

Thanks. I'm pretty active on the Ship 4 FB page, which is where I received a lot of comfort and information. I always thought having a kid in RCU is worse than in basic training, because we as parents have a pretty good idea of what the kids do week to week in basic. But in RCU, we're left in the dark. There's the constant fear of Ship 5 as well.

Comment by Valtameri on October 3, 2018 at 4:20pm

Congrats to you and your son, Inkiri!


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