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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

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KitaJ
  • Joppa, MD
  • United States

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I just got the first call

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chipmunk on Thursday. 1 Reply

I just got the call from my recruit. Very quick but eased my mindContinue

Our First Night

Started this discussion. Last reply by kim on Friday. 1 Reply

I'm coming on over to the main page to officially introduce myself. At approximately 4am our daughter will start her ship out journey at MEPS. I can't sleep tonight and sure I won't be able to sleep…Continue

The Day Has Come

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jill on Wednesday. 1 Reply

We are headed to drop my daughter off at the hotel for MEPS tomorrow and then she ships out. I had a good cry with her but it hurt to see her pack up her room and walking away with nothing more than…Continue

 

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kim replied to KitaJ's discussion 'Our First Night'
"KitaJ- Hello, my name is Troy and my wife and I share this profile. I've watched tons of youtube videos in preparation of our SR leaving. If memory serves me correctly the video on the main page here has a link to one that will explain the swim…"
Friday
MaterNauta replied to KitaJ's discussion 'The Day Has Come' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Sending my love... I know the feeling..."
Thursday
KitaJ posted discussions
Thursday
Jill replied to KitaJ's discussion 'The Day Has Come'
"Hugs to you mama! Our son left August 11th, so not too long ago. It was a time of so many emotions; proud of what he was setting off to do, sad that the past 18 years went by so fast, scared that we now have to trust that he himself and the…"
Wednesday
kim replied to KitaJ's discussion 'The Day Has Come' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Our son shipped 9/1. We heard yesterday (not from our SR) that the "hi, I'm here" call came from RTC. Our understanding is they travel from the airport to RTC to be issued gear and make the call. After this happens they are then…"
Wednesday
partyofseven replied to KitaJ's discussion 'The Day Has Come' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
" KitaJ- Welcome to our group. It is good to have you here. Come on over to the main page and introduce yourself. Welcome again."
Wednesday
belovedbyHim replied to KitaJ's discussion 'The Day Has Come' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Welcome!! Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition  Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy Speak and you can find it here. We…"
Wednesday
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to KitaJ's discussion 'The Day Has Come' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"KitaJ - you've come to the right place!  You'll find answers to most of your questions from the boot camp moms - don't be afraid to ask!  Be sure you keep your phone handy as you'll get a quick (maybe 30 second) phone…"
Tuesday
KitaJ added a discussion to the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
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The Day Has Come

We dropped our daughter off today at the hotel for MEPS tomorrow and then she ships out. I had a good cry with her but it hurt to see her pack up her room and walking away with nothing more than a book bag at 18.  I hope this gets better. Many questions about quarantine. We saw a press release posted on RTC saying they will quarantine in Wisconsin. Ft. McKoy Army base. Hoping she will be ok. Feeling so overwhelmed with emotions. See More
Tuesday
KitaJ posted a discussion

The Day Has Come

We are headed to drop my daughter off at the hotel for MEPS tomorrow and then she ships out. I had a good cry with her but it hurt to see her pack up her room and walking away with nothing more than a book bag at 18.  I hope this gets better. See More
Tuesday
Anna left a comment for KitaJ
"KitaJ, I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!  We are a close, friendly, supportive group of Moms and look forward to getting to know you and your sailor.  I see you are new to N4Ms and your…"
Aug 4
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN left a comment for KitaJ
"Welcome to NAVYforMoms.com!    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…"
Feb 4

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I am here to support my
Son/Daughter
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
was proud and encouraged it

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At 12:55pm on August 6, 2020, lemonelephant said…

Master at Arms is a rating very dear to my heart since my Sailor was an MA. Join San Antonio MA's; the discussion, Break down week by week, will let you know what happens at NTTC Lackland (San Antonio).

The Rating Information Card for MA can be found at https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ma.pdf; it indicates 9 weeks, but "A" School is 7 weeks after classing up. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/navy-enlisted-rating-descriptions-qualifications-3345832 and https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/enlisted/community/security/Pages/default.aspx have some good info for you. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ6d3XAvORo.

At 9:45pm on August 4, 2020, Anna said…

KitaJ,

I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!  We are a close, friendly, supportive group of Moms and look forward to getting to know you and your sailor.  I see you are new to N4Ms and your daughter is waiting to leave for boot camp?  Please feel free to jump in and join our conversations on our group page.  You can ask any questions you may have, talk freely about your feelings, fears or concerns, or just chat about life.  We are all in different phases of our daughter’s Naval careers - from newbies to those whose daughters have been in for several years - from officer to enlisted!!! We support all our sailor girls and each other as well. Not just during the Bootcamp days but the weeks and months following, as they go off to school, first duty station, or first deployment.  Let us support you when you're missing her, lend an ear when you need to vent, and celebrate with you when you want to brag!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!!

At 12:01pm on July 29, 2020, Chipmunk said…

You are welcome!! Glad to see you have joined some groups. Do keep in mind that with COVID restrictions some of the PIR info is different, so that is why we are encouraging everyone to input on BC Moms group, because we have current BC Moms there that are doing their best to help us with up to date information. Be sure to read back through the comments there and see some of BelovedbyHim's information. Also LadyBluefire - she had two go through BC already since Jan and her third is there right now. 

At 8:56am on July 29, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Good Morning KitaJ - I saw your message in the main room chat. I wanted to post a note here where you would see it and could always find someone easily. I hope you saw Kmr5+1's reply to you in the main chat. - Just in case it disappears - here it is - 

Hi KitaJ! My son has been gone for almost 5wks now. I miss him so much. I have 4 children still at home but it’s not the same without my Anthony! But I got his first letter from bootcamp and that made it a little better. Hang in there! - Kmr5+1

I encourage you to click on the blue highlighted letters with the link to the BC Moms group  and join us there. I know your daughter is not leaving for another week, but we are always posting information for new moms. You can just read through the comment section if you like. You will also want to join,  Moms of Daughters 2 group. They will welcome you with open arms. 

Also, you daughter might want to check with her recruiter - one of our BC Moms said her daughter was to have restricted her interactions with others even 14 days prior to leaving for BC. 

At 11:44am on February 4, 2020, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to NAVYforMoms.com!   

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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