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Hurry Up and Wait...

Our son left for bootcamp Wednesday.   We got the call just after midnight.  He has arrived, he is safe, I will get a box.  Just like everyone said, it was an awful phone call. Very short, very scripted.  Yet I also heard in his voice determination, let it go mom I really am okay, and then he hung up and their was silence.  Of course I am proud, and I am only sad for me and how I will miss him.  However, I am more excited for his journey, and all the stories from him to come. 

I'm…

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Added by Bluebonnet on March 24, 2019 at 7:17pm — 4 Comments

I’m A Sailor Call for March 29th Graduation

Last month the Friday before my son was to graduate he called to tell me that his graduation date moved to March 29th. I haven’t received an I’m a sailor” call from him. If you have someone in Division 163 please let me know if you have received a call.

Added by Caseydrmn on March 23, 2019 at 4:22pm — No Comments

One more week!!

So one more week and I will be in Great Lakes with my other 2 daughters for graduation!!!

News? Well no news is good news I keep telling myself. Last phone call she was doing well and enjoying it all. She said she hadn't written and apologized, but I understand. I write to  her often enough. All she had to do was get through the initial run and swim to set her mind at ease, after that she wouldn't let anything get in the way. I am pretty blessed with a daughter that will push herself…

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Added by bkm4 on March 21, 2019 at 10:06am — 4 Comments

Navy Social Media Handbook 2019

I found out from the Navy Operations Security Support Team on Facebook that there is a new edition of the Navy Social Media Handbook for 2019. It is long, and for a varied audience: Leaders, "Navy Communicators", Sailors, Families, Ombudsmen, and Navy Civilians. It informative, and worth the…

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Added by WearsLargeHats on March 15, 2019 at 12:35am — No Comments

Temporary Hold Unit

As a former commander of a unit in the Army, I see that my son isn't given the counsel he needs. Temporary hold is no joke. This is their chosen career and they should be able to seek advice from JAG officer. I fear that he will be out processed soon, separated from his goal. It isn't all happy for these kids. Some need direction. Some need a skill. Many, so many are there to serve, serve their nation with pride in their hearts.

Not all get to stay Navy. 

Some will be turned…

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Added by MTBCHCK on March 13, 2019 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Temporary Hold Hell

The Navy has specific things they will waiver. Some they will not. My son's asthma is not bad. He has had very few problems with it over the years. During the Gulf Wars more people were MedEvac'ed for asthma than anything else. I understand the Navy's concern. 

He made it. He improved so much through the recruit training. He made it through graduation. He is so proud of himself. We were proud of him. I have tried to guide him to the Chaplains, to JAG, to maybe find that one doctor who…

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Added by MTBCHCK on March 10, 2019 at 10:28pm — 3 Comments

THU Mom

My son, his dream, his plans. They are going away. He is still fighting to stay in, but they found he has asthma. I know as a former military commander, these things are not the best to have in a unit. Still he made his way through recruit training. 

Now he sits. He is fighting, but his spirit is broken. This was his dream. It may be lost

Added by MTBCHCK on March 7, 2019 at 11:55am — 3 Comments

Div 143 PIR date 3/15/19

My husbands bootcamp graduation date is coming very soon, unfortunately I have not recieved the "I'm a sailor" call yet. I know it'll be done after battle stations but I don't know when he'll be doing that.

Added by Forevercow❤️ on March 4, 2019 at 12:17pm — 3 Comments

Div 176

Sons PIR date is 4/12 :) Is there any info for div 176? His boot camp seems short 7weeks & 3 days is this the norm?

Added by RRSAS on March 2, 2019 at 6:23pm — 3 Comments

My son left for Boot Camp 2-19-19

I received his scripted call at 2033 Cali time.  His "Kid Box" came in exactly 1 week later. I am now waiting on his letter that he said would follow in about a week after the box. I am super excited for him as I know this is something he has always wanted to do. I am waiting to find out his PIR date so I can start looking into arrangements and our options. Trying to find out as much as I can on Graduation. I am reading everything and loving this site! Thank you so much!!!! :)

Added by RRSAS on February 27, 2019 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

Long first day

My son left on Monday Feb 25. Very proud of him. Received our phone call at 945p in Michigan. Long day today for me as well as for him, thinking of him. 

Added by Jeanne on February 27, 2019 at 1:21am — 6 Comments

3 week call

I am so happy that I was home today !!! She was able to make her 3 week call!!! I almost missed it. Lucky for me the boss was over visiting so being late was OK. LOL. It was so good to hear her voice. What was even better was to hear her say things were going good and she was enjoying it. She has come so far. I am so happy for her and VERY proud !!!! Now to plan this trip to PIR.

Added by bkm4 on February 23, 2019 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

BootCamp

I am thankful for finding this website. My son started his boot camp on 2/11/19. I got the call when he arrived and received his box of personal items but nothing more. How long until I receive a letter with his mailing address? Thanks

Added by kristal.73 on February 22, 2019 at 1:02pm — 3 Comments

Received the from letter today!

So happy, we received the form letter today!!! Now I can mail my sons Birthday card and all the letters we’ve written!!! He was able to write a quick note on the back of the form letter!! Feeling happy that he is where he wants to be, working towards his future!!

Added by Cate on February 19, 2019 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

"A" School Mom

Hello All!  New to this blog!  Son is in VA for his A School.  So happy that he has his phone so I can send him text saying hi or that I love him. LOL!   So nice to get those phone calls from him when he has a few minutes to chat!  I'm really hoping when he's done with w A school that he'll be able to come home before reporting in April 1st at his home base.  Fingers crossed!

Have a super day and I'm thankful to be part of this group :)

Added by ScentsyGal on February 19, 2019 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

Today !

Picked up the mail today and today I received the form letter! Think her box came in today too. Now I can breathe a little easier. I know she still has a ways to go, but being able to write her makes it all a little easier. Knowing she made the first run is a weight off me. So now I can start looking at planning the trip for PIR. As soon as I get the form letter filled out. 

Added by bkm4 on February 18, 2019 at 11:42pm — 1 Comment

New member

I am thankful for finding this website. Our only child, my son started his boot camp on 1/29 and today  marks 2 weeks. It has been a long two weeks and I have not received any communication yet. I am hoping this week we will get a letter. Is there a specific day they are allowed to make their calls.  I got the call when he arrived and received his box of personal items but nothing more.  Thanks

Added by Cynthia on February 12, 2019 at 11:09am — 2 Comments

Waiting....again....

So she is back at boot camp! She arrived on Friday (weather held them up). So just waiting patiently to not hear anything until we get the form letter. Hoping all goes well for her this time. I think she will be a little more confident this time. She has already been through that first week once, she KNOWS she can do the run with time to spare. Her confidence should be better this time around at least. So now I will wait......

Added by bkm4 on February 6, 2019 at 10:41pm — 3 Comments

Finally heard from my Sailor--YAY!!

My Husband left 1/8/19 and after a long 2 1/2 weeks my husband finally got to call home, and I even got my first letter today!! This is the hardest thing I've had to experience, being 8 months pregnant, living on my own for the first time and not having any contact with my husband, but the 10 minutes we got to talk made up for it all! He is doing so good, which is such a relief, he is even in charge of 10 guys in his division! He said getting mail is the best part of the day, but that they…

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Added by Destiny443 on January 26, 2019 at 10:48pm — 13 Comments

HOLD days and Baseline PFA

If I understand it correctly, HOLD days are Saturday and Sunday....how does that impact the baseline PFA?  Do those two days count as the five days from arrival or not?  My son left Tuesday, arrived Wednesday early morning, so does he do his baseline PFA on Sunday or Tuesday?  I'm just trying to figure out when I can expect to hear from my baby.

Thanks!

Added by SolRunner on January 25, 2019 at 9:13pm — 3 Comments

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