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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

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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DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

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 is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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I go from having a sob fest on his bed while he is gone to the gym to and immense sense of pride in all he is striving to do with his future. I look at him and I still see that little boy who slept in my lap at church on Sunday mornings. I see that sweet little boy who loved to watch Toy Story and drag his Woody Doll everywhere we went. I see that sweet little boy running around with his Bibleman Cape on. I see the little boy who loved playing soccer. I see my little boy who always wanted his Mommy to sit "benext" to him. I see the little boy who booby trapped my kitchen with a roll of electrical tape one night (took us a while to get all that tape pulled off the appliances and cabinets).I see my baby, my miracle, my son. I get myself over all this by telling myself that I must have done something right and this is what is suppose to happen. So my last baby bird is ready to fly solo for the first time in his life and I know I have done everything within my power to prepare him for his journey. My baby, my little boy, my son is now all grown up and I am just happy to be able to share him with the world. My job of momma is not over, it is just moving on to a new level, a promotion if you will. I will continue to have my moments for memories, but I am so looking forward to all the new ones ahead. Be proud that we have raised the next generation of heroes and thank them for serving. Our count down to MEPS is now at 2 weeks!!

p.s. Prayers for you all....God bless!

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Comment by Dea on July 10, 2018 at 7:19pm

Totally understand. I am very proud of him, but there are days I just talk about him and start crying. Everytime I get a letter from him I cry before I read it and after, just knowing how proud I am of him. He will always be my little boy no matter how big he gets.

Comment by AZNavyMom00 on July 10, 2018 at 9:11pm

Yes, indeed, you hit the nail on the head, my job as a mom is not over just moving to a different level or stage. I definitely have my moments of sadness and then immense pride of the decision he made. And I look forward to seeing he future unfold as we both go on this journey. Hugs from one mom to another! 

Comment by CarsMom on July 11, 2018 at 4:28pm

Relate to it all!! Our count down to MEPS is 4 days....I am not ready, I am ready, I am not ready...I couldn't be MORE proud, I couldn't be more nervous....I have all of the emotions and then some.  My baby boy is becoming a man, just as God intended, I'm just realizing how short of time I had him on loan.....

Comment by Momsy on July 11, 2018 at 4:50pm

For the first time in 31 years we will have no kids in the house! 

Comment by MRammie14 on July 12, 2018 at 9:37pm

I feel like I read my own words reading your post.  Funny because I was in so much disbelief and denial prior to him leaving then about a week later it hit me all at once.  I finally received his first letter today and I feel whole again.  So I can totally relate.  100 percent.  God Bless You and your recruit.

Comment by Momof5 on July 17, 2018 at 1:46pm

Those are my exact thoughts, you stated everything so perfectly.  I cry and smile, then cry some more.  I know he is in a great place and that I need to share him with this wonderful country for a while.  I am so very proud and thank God everyday that he gives these young men and women the strength, courage and perseverance to do something for others.  God bless each and everyone of our sons and daughters.

Comment by Scram on July 23, 2018 at 9:54am

My son leaves in two days. I am up early and have gone to watch him sleep, just like when he was a baby...

Comment by Scram on July 23, 2018 at 9:56am

My son leaves in two days. I watch him sleep, just like when he was a baby, with a smile and tears at the same time...

Comment by AtlantaMom on July 27, 2018 at 1:01pm
Oh my thoughts exactly! I thought that I was the only one.
Comment by BreezyPoint on August 13, 2018 at 12:51pm

I (we) cry often...our son left on Thursday. My head is bursting with pride as my heart is broken into pieces...


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