This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.
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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.
Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass isno longer needed to drive on to base for parking.
Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.
"Hi Deb s! My son left 9/5! I am sure we will hear from them soon since it seems those that left 9/2 have received their letters recently. I hope so! I’ve done so good so far but I’m starting to feel sad that I haven’t received it…"
"My son is in division 409 and graduation is 11/1/2019 as well. I am partially anxious to see him after he goes through BC, and proud of him. I just sent a letter through SANDBOXX. I was surprised it was a little pricey.
I have been encouraged after…"
"Hi, Duke0625! My son left on 09/04 and I have not yet received his box--and probably won't since they changed the protocol with Division 409, and boxes no longer come home. I also (two weeks today), have not yet received the form letter. Hang…"
"My daughter left on 9/10. I was cried and was emotional the first couple of days before she left to BC. I was fine the day she swore in, until I got back home. I walked right past her room, and then finally I got the courage to go in her room. It…"
"My kiddo left on 9/3 I don't know his division yet. I'm waiting for the form letter. Most days I'm okay but there are days that I just melt down with sadness. Being the oldest it's the first time we've been through this even…"
"RTC announced last week that beginning with Div 409, the box is no longer being sent home. They will now be stored locally and returned to the recruits the day before graduation. Our form letter took 3 weeks as my son had to wait for a 900 division…"
"Yes, wait until you get the form letter. Sometimes they have to wait for the division to fill up so PIR is later. Sometimes they get in a Push division so PIR is earlier. If you haven't gotten the Box yet you will soon, and…"
"Hang in there. The first few weeks are the hardest. My son graduated 8/9/19 and now i look back and kick myself for worrying so much. But hey, that's what moms do. I learned 1 thing to be true...no news is good news. If they get injured or are…"
I don’t have a recruit in that division (mine has been in a few years now) but I certainly understand the part about having a hard time. It is such a sudden and complete transition. I allowed myself time to cry but also made sure…"
"I got a text message from this number dont really know who it is. my son didnt really tell me too much about anything. i got an address but this very helpful lady has informed me to wait till i get the form letter. it was kind of all a…"
I am not sure how active the group is that you are on but the one above is what I am active on. I just posted a comment on ShipOfDoodles page but she moderates comments (which is good) but I can't copy and paste it.
Most of what your sailor will need at GC (Goose Creek) for A school they can buy at the mini Nex or large Nex. - I would definitely bring his favorite running shoes, one pair of civilian lounge type clothes that he may change into in his room, a few pair of favorite underwear, some extra black socks, maybe white for running ??, a Kindle or small Tablet, and cell phone / charger if that did not stay in GL. Otherwise, wait till he gets to GC and lets you know what he might want you to ship to him.
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.
Divisions 409and 410 are brother divisions and train together and will haveBattle Stations-21 (BST)together, so lookfor others with loved ones in either division. Write to your recruit and askwhenBattle Stations-21 (BST)will be so you willknow when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call.
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