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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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Ship Date

Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 14, 2019. 3 Replies

Hi All - my sailor finally received his ship date for boot camp, which is in two weeks! it seemed like forever ago when he swore in at MEPS; thanks to all for your advice and the waiting game.  I…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Feb 23, 2019. 3 Replies

Son just swore in - going Nuke


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Nautical Mom replied to NF Mom's discussion 'Please Sign The Visitor Log ( by clicking this discussion forum and joining )' in the group Nuke A School FAQ
"thank you for all your work in providing information!!"
Feb 27
Nautical Mom replied to Skooter64's discussion 'Nuke A School Graduation' in the group Nuke A School FAQ
"thank you Scooter64 - I am excited about the next graduation; my sailor just arrived in Charleston - I live in Georgia and will be there. It's approx. 3 hrs by car.  I appreciate your post. "
Feb 27
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"Good Morning This is what I found on google, worth looking into. Best Military Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment ... › featured › military-student-loan-forgiveness"
Oct 8, 2019

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I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
was proud and encouraged it
Our Navy experience so far...
has been positive and maturing.

I got the "box" !

Hello Moms - I am very quiet on the site, but have been reading all the comments and echo all of you. Here are my 2 cents.

My SR left for BC exactly 1 week ago today and I feel blessed to be missing my son; there are so many other circumstances that could cause me to miss him, circumstances that are all too familiar when living in a big city with lots of crime and "NOT GOOD PEOPLE", things beyond our control. This gives me solace...he will come home, albeit short and sweet; he will be a better, stronger, smarter man with a future ahead of him. I think I cried more before he left in anticipation of him leaving.

I want to share this with all of you; I watched the movie "Otherhood" on Netflix, it was o.k. not great, but Angela Bassett said a line that rang so true, I started balling, out of nowhere - it hit home!

She said to her son in the movie "you have grown up and figured out who you are without me, I guess I haven't figured out who I am without you" (cue the tears) and that for me was it.

We've dedicated our lives or the better part, to our children. We kept them safe because no one could protect them better than MOM. That is our superpower!  Now our work is done - now what ?!?

Moms - you are all great, and because of all of you, my son gets to be in the company of the finest!  

Thank you All...

Nautical Mom

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At 2:11pm on February 27, 2020, Chipmunk said…

You are welcome! I also posted a reply to one of your comments on the Nuke FAQ page. 

At 1:59pm on February 27, 2020, Chipmunk said…

Nautical Mom - I noticed you posted in Nuke A School FAQ - that is great, but if you need specific questions answered, it is best to post them on the Nuke Moms group. Also, some of the information on that group may be more up to date. It is all good information, but it can always change. 

At 11:03am on October 8, 2019, Phoenixmom said…

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At 11:03am on October 8, 2019, Phoenixmom said…

Good Morning This is what I found on google, worth looking into.

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At 8:02pm on September 10, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Divisions 403 and 404 are brother divisions and train together and will have Battle Stations-21 (BST) together, so look for others with loved ones in either division. Write to your recruit and ask when Battle Stations-21 (BST) will be so you will know when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call.

There is info on Ship 12 and more in Ship/Division--How it Works.

At 2:26pm on August 20, 2019, Phoenixmom said…

Very Good! Glad I caught that message in Time!

At 2:24pm on August 19, 2019, Phoenixmom said…
At 11:32pm on August 12, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Join the group, DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in August. You will meet others with loved ones leaving the same day or week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together.  

Your future Sailor may want to join to learn the ins and outs from the DEpoint of view.  

Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for RTC 

Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what will happen and what to expect.

Be sure to join your PIR group once you get The Form Letter, which now arrives 9 to 14 business days after your recruit's arrival at RTC. Let me know when you know your recruit's ship and division. I will have more info for you.

At 11:29pm on August 12, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info.   

Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 8:23pm on February 23, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Since your future Sailor has a contract for the Nuclear Field, join NUKE moms; you may also want to check out Nuke A School FAQ and Nuke School Charleston. You may want to check out these facebook pages: Naval Support Activity Charleston, SC and Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Facebook page.

The Rating Information Card for NF can be found at (If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.) has some good info for you.

Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. Plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday. See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

Your Sailor may have Prototype in Ballston Spa, NY; if so, join Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NYat that time. Some stay in Charleston.


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