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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)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

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Life of an empty nester

Started this discussion. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Sep 18, 2019. 1 Reply

Well it's almost been a week since my son shipped out. The days seem to be moving very slow. The house is extremely quiet with the exception of my fur babies.  I can't wait to hear from him. Going…Continue


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Donita commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Agreed. It is the toughest thing I’ve been through as well. I haven’t been very patient either. It’s quickly becoming all consuming the longer it takes to hear from her. Bless your heart. Son and daughter? Wow. That is tough.…"
Oct 23, 2019
yapackers commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"It did Donita & though I'm a patient person not as much when it comes to wanting to hear from my child.. this is the most challenging things we've ever done & I'll get to go through it again in July when our son leaves for…"
Oct 23, 2019
Donita commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Thank you, yapackers. It sounds like it took a long time for I you to get something as well. It is hard. I keep telling myself it’ll come tomorrow and the next tomorrow, etc. Hopefully it will be soon."
Oct 23, 2019
yapackers commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Our daughter left on Sept 30th & 2 weeks had gone by & finally on Oct 18th we rec'd something. I was hard cuz she started writing on Oct 7th & said mail still hadn't gone out yet but letters are coming in now."
Oct 23, 2019
Donita commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Thank you for thinking of me B’sNukemom. I did not get anything today. Hoping for tomorrow."
Oct 23, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Donita - you are right at the 9-14 business days - let's hope you get it today!"
Oct 22, 2019
Donita commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"I still have not received my form letter and my daughter left for boot camp October 2nd. I called the Navy Public Affairs office and they said I should receive something this week. However, it looks like everyone else received their letters within 2…"
Oct 22, 2019
Tricia commented on NavyMom9519's blog post 'Driving to PIR 11/01'
"I am driving as well, graduation date is 11/8.  It can't come fast enough.  Thanks for the driving tips! "
Oct 5, 2019
HaveFAITH commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"First letter from my brother arrived today. Just in time for my birthday. I think that’s why he chose to send it to me. He passed his first PFA, but unfortunately failed his 5min prone test. He said that he will get his wisdom tooth removed…"
Oct 5, 2019
HaveFAITH commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Finally received the form letter and my brother’s address. His graduation is November 15th. No I can start mailing all my letter. No personal letter though. "
Oct 3, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Tricia - that shouldn't set your SR back on graduating.  He probably had a few days SIQ and is back with his training group.  I'm sure all is well! DaddysGirl - not sure about her hair falling out - maybe a combo of stress and…"
Oct 1, 2019
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DaddysGirl commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"We received 4 letters in 2 envelopes yesterday.  Our daughter has had a rough start - emotionally.  She asked me to write her and remind her why she is there.  I think I remembered all the reasons she had given me prior to…"
Oct 1, 2019
Tricia commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"I finally heard from my SR last night! I was so excited!! He missed the first round of calls.  He had a tooth pulled a couple days ago and it didn't clot! He had to have additional procedure to stop the bleeding and then had to be in bed…"
Oct 1, 2019
Tricia commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Yes, I have as well.. thanks"
Sep 30, 2019
HaveFAITH commented on Tricia's blog post 'First Letter from my SR'
"Thank you very much. Did it already. @B’sNukeMom"
Sep 29, 2019

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First Letter from my SR

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 10:36pm 25 Comments

I received my first letter from my son today! I was so excited when I opened the mail box and seen his letter. I didn't even get through the first sentence and the years were flowing. He's doing well and seems like he's adjusting being away from home, although he listed a few things he misses. He said he's eating healthy which made me chuckle a bit. It's only been a couple of weeks but feels like forever...He mentioned how excited he was to get his uniform and see his name stitched on it, he… Continue

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At 1:33am on November 8, 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. 

Since you have a Sailor, you can change "At Boot Camp now" above to “Enlisted.” 

If you get an error message, then look at the area/s in the error message and unclick all of the choices in the area/s and make choices closer to the question/s. Some choices may have changed since you joined.

At 1:33am on November 8, 2019, lemonelephant said…

What is your Sailor's rating (job) or field going to be?

At 10:41pm on September 25, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Divisions 429 and 430 are brother divisions and train together and will have Battle Stations-21 (BST) together, so look for others with loved ones in either division. Write to your recruit and ask when Battle Stations-21 (BST) will be so you will know when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call.

There is info on Ship 14 and more in Ship/Division--How it Works.

At 6:03pm on September 12, 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.  

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