Hi! I was a recruit in SEPS in August, so I'll try and give as much info as possible. Once you get to SEPS, you will go to INDOCS the following business day. This is just you meeting with the OOD about why you are getting separated and what your options are. It all depends on your ASMO code. For example mine was 711, which is given to all mental health SEPS. Your recruit can decide to fight it, but its not worth it. If you are sent to SHIP 5 its 99% chance you are leaving, and you can usually reenlist in 6 months. Time you are in SEPS is completely case by case. I was there for 3/4 weeks, but I knew girls who had been there for 6/7 months. PFA failures and mental health is going to be the absolute fasted. MEDBOARD and legal are gonna take forever. MEDBOARDS can include sickness and injuries, and any injury sustained at RTC is gonna keep you there until its healed. The average overall is 5-8 weeks. After INDOCS your recruit is gonna be waiting for ADSEPS(paper that sends you home) AKA purple folder. This comes roughly 3 weeks after signing your INDOCS. Then within a week your recruit will be getting a flight home. If you want information on your recruit he/she will have to sign a release so they can give out that information. I personally never met with legal, but during ADSEPS your recruit will get a packet of paper with a bunch of legal information including if they can join again or if they are getting fraudulent enlistment. Normally your recruit will get to go to the NEX twice a week to make phone calls. If he/she asks their RDC(forget what we called em in SEPS) they will more than likely let your recruit make a 10-15 minute phone call. We got them every 2 days if we werent acting like fools. They may also get lounge time where they can use a computer and check facebook and email, its like $20 for an hour. Another thing to note, the SEPS process is completely case by case. Some people could be getting out quicker for the exact same thing. I was processed out VERY quickly. 3 weeks is almost unheard of but they determined I wasnt safe there and I was sent to an external mental care facility. If you know your recruits ASMO code, I can better assist on wait times. Encourage them to go to group therapy meetings that are held daily I believe on weekdays, gets you out of the ship for a bit. All they are really doing is watching movies all day. You walk to chow 3 times a day(usually ship 11 or 14) unless you are SIQ. You arent really allowed to sleep until taps but a lot of us got away with it anyways. We tapped at 2000-2200 normally, for female SEPS thursday and friday was movie night and we could stay up past taps until 0130 and watch horror movies. SEPS is nothing like bootcamp, its unbelievably boring but RDCs cant really do anything to you at this point. Rev is VERY early in SEPS. 0400-0430 was average. SEPS recruits get chow first. To make the whole thing better for your recruit, send mail/packages. Recruits are allowed to be sent; blankets, books, coloring books, stationary(no scissors/knifes) SOME cash(for sodas/snacks on lounge days, and NEX) photos. NO medication, food, drinks, soaps, lotions, weapons(or anything that could be used as one), civilian clothes are allowed. The OOD WILL CHECK ALL PACKAGES!!! Your recruits ship number is SHIP 5, DIVISION SEPS. SEPS admin will NOT release any information to you unless your recruit signs off on it. But you will not find out anything that your recruit doesn't know. Its entirely a waiting game. Good luck SEPs <3
IF YOUR RECRUIT IS A 711(MENTAL HEALTH) I AM MORE FAMILIAR WITH THAT SEPERATION PROCESS!! PLEASE DM ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS!! IF YOUR RECRUIT WAS ADMITTED TO LAKE BEHAVIORAL WHILE BEING SEPARATED I WAS THERE TOO. FOR LOTS OF RECRUITS IT IS A MUCH SAFER/HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT THAN SHIP 5 IS.
Great info - thank you for taking the time to write this up.