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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"

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Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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My son leaves this Tuesday for Boot Camp

My son has been very confident w/ his decision to enlist in the Navy he is leaving this Tuesday for BC & he is now having 2nd thoughts & really doubting his decision. Is this common? How do I support him as his mother? I’m sure this happens to many but I’m not sure how to handle this

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Comment by anasazigypsy on September 22, 2019 at 2:22am
I don't have an answer for you but I have seen this situation posted,so know your son is not the only one.
Maybe going over his options if he doesn't join would help him see the two different life paths available to him, and remind him why he wanted to join.
Whatever he decides to do, best of luck to both of you.
Comment by Donna816 on September 23, 2019 at 1:08pm

I think this would be a normal reaction.  My son was in Dep for 4 months before he left on 8/13./19 He wanted the Navy more than anything but the day we actually packed up and left the house was super hard for him.  He said it was the last time he would feel like this in his own home.  Made me so sad.  Once we got to the hotel and he got around other recruits he felt right at home.  I just kept reassuring him that he can do this.  Nobody said it would be easy but it will be worth it. Good luck Texasnavymom and to your SR.  He can do this one day at a time.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 23, 2019 at 1:15pm

As the others have stated - these are normal feelings!  And it's ok for him to feel this way.  His life will be changing but just remember it's something he wants and it's a good thing!

He's got this!

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