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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

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  • He sounded sad in his letter, tired. He said he folds his clothes and they keep
 making him refold them, and he said he knows they are right and what he is there for 
so he continues on...
He said he and 8 others clean the bathroom floor everynight and they call them
the "dirty 9". He say she doesn't mind, he is getting to know many people
and making may friends. I AM SICK! I think it is much harder on us moms then them
He said while he was eating the other day he thought of home and how much
he misses me, his grandfather and little brother. I am sick...I have been
crying all night..I wrote back a letter of strength only for him to see, like
a go go ..letter and keep up the great work.... but
I am hurting....he wants more letters so I told all relatives/friends to
write to him.

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Comment by MattsMama Ship 02/Div 924 on March 2, 2012 at 10:08am

Great advice from AOMom! :).  BriansMom-I'm sure you are hurting as would I.  I think the old adage 'trials make you stronger' may apply here.  My hope is that the challenges our kids face during boot camp will prepare them for their lives in the Navy.  A Navy friend shared with me that Navy boot camp tears you down so that they can build you back up into a strong Navy Sailor.  Have faith that this stage will pass.  In the meantime, I'm with Kathy (AOMom).  Send him funny cards, comics, share with him good things via letters.  Just like the Navy, we can build them up with our letters.

Comment by Conny Ahoi on March 2, 2012 at 11:40am

Hallo Brians Mom...

i am waiting desperatly for my sons address so i can write him and encourage him ... my son left monday where we brought him to the recruiting station, then we went back to MEPS on Tuesday morning to see him sworn in... this is THOUGHEST THING IN MY WHOLE life i am experiencing right now... i moved from germany to the states in 92, i thought that was though... but letting go "a child" is the worst... i started to write a letter last night so as soon as i get the address i can send it its way... how long did it took until you got your sons address ?

since he left (and call me silly) i am sleeping in his room, i wear his hoody ... and so on, i am mess... crying crying crying a lot and no feelings for doing anything

Comment by Conny Ahoi on March 2, 2012 at 12:41pm

what means SR, and i dont have my last name on the profile ! and i completly understand i dont want his name out there ... so please help

Comment by Conny Ahoi on March 2, 2012 at 3:18pm

hallo no that is not the last name ... seemann is german and it means seaman ... lol is not lastname ... thank you

i want to support HIM VERY MUCH , i am VERY PROUD OF HIM dont get me wrong... it is just hard... growing up in germany ... it was not a comon thing to choose military... you went for an occupation ... also my grandpa always told me about the war and it frightened me so much ... my familie went through a lot ... i met my husband in 89 and then he had to go to desert storm which was a shock back then ... but this feels different.. this is my CHILD ... it is hard unimaginable hard ...right now ... sorry

Comment by alliecattz on March 5, 2012 at 9:47am

My son was tired and homesick also.. Keep writing him everyday... he will see that someone is rooting for him...

Comment by ricky'sGApeachMOM on March 6, 2012 at 7:06am

The yelling is to help the SR's learn to handle stress. Should an event such as what happened on the Cole occur, there would be alot of yelling, I promise. The Navy is not like the Marines. These recruits are not "jar heads" The Navy does not want to empty their heads out and fill their heads back up with kill, kill, kill like marines. Part of the yelling is mind games and teaching recruits to listen to commands and follow instructions and be desensitized to the yelling. This will slow down after week 5. My son complained to me that they are told they will have ice cream parties and then are put through PT while the CO's eat the ice cream in front of them. When PT is over, the ice cream has melted. One of the mind games.... I advised my son to let the CO's know that he really does not care for ice cream and to do his PT with a smile on his face. All assigned tasks will never be okay and will be repeated. It just goes with the territory of learning the Navy way of attention to detail. Tell your sons and daughters to take nothing personal. ALL recruits go through the same thing. Do encourage them to be leaders and accept additional tasks as this will be taken note of and recorded! I promise. Keep writing to them with a "smile" in your letters and lots of love and encouragement and pride.    


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