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Photos (in u inform) after boot camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chipmunk Jul 24, 2020. 8 Replies

I know recruits are given a chance to buy a photo package if they want while they are in Boot Camp.After that, does the Navy ever offer sailors a chance to have other professional photos (in uniform,…Continue


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Catherine commented on Joyce Tucson Mom's group 'Arizona Moms'
"Hello from Phoenix!"
Sep 20, 2020
Catherine commented on 4korcan's blog post 'BC update'
"Congrats to your son!   My son arrived on 7/14 too so had an initial 9/11 graduation date.  Unfortunately, he went to ROM because he was in a "ring of fire" situation with a few other SRs near him in the barracks.  After…"
Sep 20, 2020
Catherine replied to NavyMom1013's discussion 'Any moms with sons arrival in Chicago 7/14?' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Just thought I would give a recap and an update in case it helps anyone: 1. Son arrived in Great Lakes July 14, 2 week hotel quarantine 2. Moved to ROM around Jul 29 (Div 327) , scheduled graduation 9/10 3. Bunkmate tested positive, moved to 2nd 2…"
Sep 5, 2020
Catherine replied to NavyMom1013's discussion 'Any moms with sons arrival in Chicago 7/14?' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Three days after the form letter we received a hand written letter from my son. Very upbeat, looking forward to the tougher first half of boot camp being almost over, thought his RDCs were “pretty chill”, looking forward upcoming RTC…"
Aug 16, 2020
Catherine replied to NavyMom1013's discussion 'Any moms with sons arrival in Chicago 7/14?' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Yes, my son arrived there on the 14th.  Last time I heard his voice is when he called to say he had landed and was heading to the USO room at O ‘Hare which is where they were supposed to meet up for transfer to quarantine hotel. Just…"
Aug 11, 2020
CryptoDad replied to Catherine's discussion 'Photos (in u inform) after boot camp'
"This is the official portrait from my Sailor's second duty station. She got to bring her kid sister along to meet the CIC."
Jul 24, 2020
Catherine commented on Brenda Sue's group 'Moms of "A" school Sailors'
"Kellyrene, looks like my son is on the same path as yours, just a couple weeks behind since he just arrived at quarantine earlier this week!   We hope to get to Groton to visit as well. Have to wait u til he gets to Aschool and finds out when,…"
Jul 17, 2020
Catherine commented on Brenda Sue's group 'Moms of "A" school Sailors'
"Hmmmm, crickets for A school in Groton, CT   :-("
Jul 14, 2020
Catherine replied to Catherine's discussion 'Photos (in u inform) after boot camp'
"THAT. IS. SO. TRUE.  ;-)"
Jul 2, 2020
Catherine replied to Catherine's discussion 'Photos (in u inform) after boot camp'
"Thanks for the replies.  He will be in school in Groton, CT for a few months so will talk to him to get dressed up and have a friend take a picture sometime while he is there. "
Jul 2, 2020
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to Catherine's discussion 'Photos (in u inform) after boot camp'
"They do take "professional" pictures when they are on deployment - at least on carriers I know.  They do a "Cruise book" that you can purchase along with the pictures. No sure about subs though...."
Jul 2, 2020

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At 8:45am on September 26, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Catherine - thanks for sharing on BC Mom group yesterday. I know you aren't on there much but your input was helpful.  

At 11:21pm on August 12, 2020, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) and change the Privacy Settings for this page from "Anyone" to "Members." 

Since you have a recruit at RTC, then you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" above to “Enlisted” or “At Boot Camp now.” Either is appropriate, but if you make the change to “Enlisted” now, then you will not have to change it again. 

There may be other changes you need to make as wellso read and consider each of the changes. 

At 11:18pm on August 12, 2020, lemonelephant said…

Which of the sub ratings does your son have a contract for or does he have a contract for SECF? I have info for you.

At 1:23pm on April 26, 2020, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question. 

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