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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.
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**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.
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Thanks. Her name is Belle and she is a 6 year old Himalayan. She is the best cat ever. She follows me around like a puppy. Himalayans are know for their dog like character. There is a possibility that we are getting another adult next month.
I've never been through deployment so this is just my speculation...
But I sort of picture it as a reallllly long boot camp :P
Emails (instead of letters) hopefully a little regularly, calls every now and then when I'm lucky, and not seeing him for months (much longer than boot camp).
I'm obviously not looking forward to deployments if you can't tell :)
I can relate to the doing things simply to just pass an hour or two when it gets tough. And there is nothing wrong with writing a lot.. trust me. He will thank you! Sleeping the first week was SO SO rough! I literally had to keep myself awake until I fell asleep doing whatever it was that I was doing because if I tried to just lay there I wouldn't be able to fall asleep. One thing that helped was he left me a note, voice mail and a bear from build a bear dressed in a Navy uniform so every night I read, listen and snuggle all of it to feel closer to him. And don't worry about getting bad phone calls... The truth is.. they can't leave unless they are kicked out and they aren't allowed to associate with the female divisions AT ALL. But either way don't worry... if your feeling these things.. think about how much worse it is for him. He is stuck there while your out in the world. Don't worry just ensure him you are being strong and can't wait for your future together. It gets difficult I know, but stay positive and strong in the letters.
Yes I am from Rochester! So not too far away from you! His PIR is January 14th! Only 36 days left! I may be going to see him for Christmas day though but that's not 100% happening yet. The first three weeks are ROUGH. Just do what you can to get through it and then it will get better. For me I found that writing lots and lots of letters, talking to his mom, coming on N4M for support, hanging out with family and friends, and working helped a LOT! Remember to WRITE EVERDAY!! I can't stress that enough. My sailor wrote his first letter on November 21st (13 days after getting there) and said they weren't allowed to recieve mail yet. But the next letter from 11/24 he said he had the best day of his life because he got 20 letters from me! So while it takes a while for them to receive the letters it really helps them. He tells me he reads his favorites over and over again before going to sleep. I got my first phone call from him on Dec 3rd while I was on vacation in Disney World with my family. He got to talk for about 30 minutes which was AMAZING. Boot Camp is tough not only on your recruit but also on you. There is nothing you can do to make it "easy" but no matter what it will be soo worth it when you start getting letters, phone calls and then finally PIR! Hang in there and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you have ANY questions just ask because it's all very fresh in my mind and I have spent the last few weeks searching for answers to my own questions which I'm sure are similar to any that you may have! Good luck to you and stay strong for you and especially for him! He needs your love and support to get through it!
I'm Nicole, and my boyfriend is in a school now, but he just got orders. So I've been through the waiting through boot camp, and I completely understand your pain! I'm here if you have any questions or just need a shoulder to lean on. I wanted to recommend a couple of groups, Navy girlfriends, and boot camp girlfriends. They've covered alot of topics that you're probably wondering about. Try to be strong, and remember, he misses you just as much as you miss him, and he's stuck in a strange place where he doesn't know anyone! Write to him all the time, that's what got me through. Bret told me that my daily letters got him through some really difficult days! I promise it will get easier. :)
You sort of get used to it after awhile. I know it's hard, but it'll get better with time. Once the letters start going, you'll live for the mail. And the phone calls you get will make your day so much brighter.
STAY BUSY. Don't sit around moping that your boyfriend is gone. Take up extra hours at work, hang out with friends and family. Write like crazy.
The only way I made it through the boot camp stage was staying busy. I'd start at 7am and wouldn't stop until 10 or 11. That way once my head hit the pillow, I was out. I didn't have time to sit and cry and wonder where he was and what he was doing.
And I agree with Emily about the phone... Don't let it leave your sight! I missed one of his phone calls (he called six times and I didn't hear it ring once) and I got the voice mail ten minutes later... He never called back. It breaks your heart when you miss a phone call.
In a way, try to cherish this time. Honestly, I think boot camp may have been one of the most trying, yet exciting, times of our relationship. The letters I got are the most valuable thing I own today.
Just remember, once boot camp is over you never have to live through it again. Deployments are the next monster!
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