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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Sep 10, 2019. 4 Replies

Hi, what can we send to our SR other than just plain letters?Continue


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Can we send books to boot camp?

ladies i received a letter from my son yesterday!! he is asking me to send him a book. sign lenguague book. doyou know if i can send books?maybe put it on an envelopSee More
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Phoenixmom replied to Maria's discussion 'CARE PACKAGES'
"Hi Maria care packages are usually when in A school or on Duty station which I'm sure your SR has a way's to go. here are some links to letter writing and what can be sent. Phone Cards and Phone Calls Letter Writing & Fun…"
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B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to Maria's discussion 'CARE PACKAGES'
"Hi Maria - while at boot camp they can't have anything but letters!  Don't risk it by sending anything else. No glitter - no musical cards - keep it simple.  If they specifically ask you to send something then that might be ok -…"
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Can we send books to boot camp?

Posted on September 10, 2019 at 11:24am 3 Comments

  • ladies i received a letter from my son yesterday!! he is asking me to send him a book. sign lenguague book. doyou know if i can send books?

  • maybe put it on an envelop

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At 10:28pm on September 16, 2019, 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." 

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

At 10:27pm on September 16, 2019, lemonelephant said…

You going to PIR or not going to PIR has nothing to do with when your then Sailor goes to his "A" School. If he flies out, then he will most likely fly out the day after PIR. If he stays in GL, then he will check in across the street the day of PIR.

What is his rating (job) or field going to be?

At 11:49pm on September 10, 2019, lemonelephant said…

I saw your comment about sending a sign language book. Books, other than the Bible or other similar book, are not permitted and often get thrown away.  I'm surprised he asked for it and wonder when he plans to read it.

See Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

At 11:20pm on September 5, 2019, lemonelephant said…

What division is your recruit in?

At 11:19pm on September 5, 2019, lemonelephant said…

I am sorry you will be unable to attend PIR. RTC will stream PIR live at beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR. (Once PIR has passed, you will be able to see the video at If the one you want is not there, then click on a PIR video and then change the date in the URL to the date you want. You will have to change both the numerical date and the written out date in the URL. For example, if you want the video for the March 3, 2017 PIR date, then change to

At 8:10pm on September 5, 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 your recruit's arrival at RTC. Let me know when you know your recruit's ship and division. I will have more info for you.

At 8:10pm on September 5, 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 1:04pm on September 3, 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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