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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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Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Recruit called home and very upset

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jodi B Dec 5. 8 Replies

I heard from my son for the first time tonight and I am sorry to say he was extremely upset. Doubting himself and crying. He was distraught. I did talk to him for around thirty minutes and he needed…Continue


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Jodi B replied to Evelyn's discussion 'Letter from Recruit with different mailing address' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Prayers sent to you and your recruit."
19 hours ago
Jodi B replied to Jodi B's discussion 'Recruit called home and very upset'
"NavyMomofJM, Thank you for those words of encouragement and sharing your own personal experience.  It was much needed today and helped a lot.   Blessings."
Dec 5
NavyMomofJM replied to Jodi B's discussion 'Recruit called home and very upset'
"Jodi B, that first phone call is always the hardest. When my son called home in the background I could hear other people crying and such. Also heard the RDC yelling at them that if they kept crying that they wouldn't be able to stay on. Though…"
Dec 5
Jeanie replied to Jodi B's discussion 'Recruit called home and very upset'
"I know. I keep telling myself no news is good news but it’s definitely a challenge to be patient . Just try to stay positive as much as you can and hang in there !"
Dec 4
Ty replied to Jodi B's discussion 'Recruit called home and very upset'
"Hi Jodi, I'm sure things will get better for him,it takes some getting use to. Keeping you guys uplifted in prayer."
Dec 3
Jodi B replied to Jodi B's discussion 'Recruit called home and very upset'
"Thanks Jeanie, I appreciate the prayers for him.  I'm sure it will get better.  It is hard not hearing from them!  "
Dec 3
Jodi B replied to Jeanie's discussion 'Phone calls' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hello, I am not sure what days they get to call but my son did call home on the third Sunday he was there.  "
Dec 3
Jeanie replied to Jodi B's discussion 'Recruit called home and very upset'
"Hi Jodi , my heart goes out to you . I’m so sorry for your son . I will pray for him and you too ! It will get better for him I’m sure . My daughter got to BC on Nov 20 th . I have not gotten a call yet or a letter . Missing her so much…"
Dec 3
Jodi B replied to Jodi B's discussion 'Recruit called home and very upset'
"Thank you for the good advice and the encouragement to provide for him.  "
Dec 2
anasazigypsy replied to Jodi B's discussion 'Recruit called home and very upset'
"For a lot of the recruits this is the hardest thing they've ever done. Plus the holidays add stress and emotion. Hopefully by the time you get your second call, he'll be past the initial shock of this whole new life. When you write him,…"
Dec 2
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Recruit called home and very upset

I heard from my son for the first time tonight and I am sorry to say he was extremely upset. Doubting himself and crying. He was distraught. I did talk to him for around thirty minutes and he needed to go. Encouraging him and trying to talk him through his discouragement. Any other parents encounter a similar scenario? Any encouragement is appreciated. My heart goes out to him.
Dec 2
Jodi B replied to Erica's discussion 'No communication- Arrived BC night of 11/12' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Erica my son arrived the same night. I understand your feelings. It’s very hard to not be able to speak with them and to have to wait for an address. It will come and we will survive along with our recruits!! God bless!"
Dec 2

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Learning to be a Navy mom
I am here to support my
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At Boot Camp now
When I heard “Navy,” I...
was proud and encouraged it
Our Navy experience so far...
has been positive and maturing., is challenging and exciting., has presented us with many questions.

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At 9:53pm on November 19, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Arrival and What Happens at RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening and what to expect. 

Be sure to join your PIR group once you get The Form Letter, which now arrives 9 to 14 business days after the recruit's arrival at RTC in most cases. Let me know when you know what division your recruit is in. I will have more info for you. 

At 9:52pm on November 19, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. 

If you would like information on your recruit’s rating (job/occupational specialty) or field, then let me know the rating or field. There are groups for most specialties and/or "A" Schools and knowing that will help you to better plan for PIR weekend.   

Take care and blessings to you and yours

At 3:57pm on November 13, 2019, 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. 

This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  

Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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