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Hi im new to this website and saw that a lot of questions are answered here. I am 19 and currently in community college getting my associates degree. I want to be a chef and have talked to some chefs and they say that joining the navy is good route for me to take to help pay for college, and also get good training from the Navy. Im really considering it but im a little scared and still have a lot of questions. I definitely want to finish up my last year for my associates degree so im not ready to talk to a recruiter yet. I am also overweight so that is a big thing i am working on now to get into to shape. Any suggestions on what to work on for boot camp? Any moms have any sons or daughters who have gone or are in the navy as a CS/chef? And also how was it for some daughters at bootcamp? I know ther are a lot of rules for girls that i have read such as no shaving legs and no makeup. Any other big things girls have to deal with besides the basic physical and mental training? Im really interested but i want to make sure i find out everything i need to know before i make this big commitment.

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The thing about boot camp is that you are so busy, things like shaving just become unimportant. They do let you spruce up and wear make-up for graduation. Not shaving your legs for eight weeks is nothing in the grand scheme of life. Think of it as survival training. I've got a blog about it if you'd care to read it.

The bigger question is whether or not you want to be a sailor. You'll probably go to sea, you'll work long and hard, and you'll be away from people you love and places you know. You'll be highly trained and well paid, and make more new friends and stronger bonds than you can imagine.

One way or another, I've been Navy my whole life. I can't imagine who I'd be without it.
Thanks for the advice and you are right about the being so busy. I have watched videos about boot camp and i see how busy they keep them, so i should be fine. Being at sea i dont think will bother me but maybe the being gone from home for a very long time might. The benifits of being a sailor seem great and im really pushing towards a yes to joining the Navy.
Talking to a recruiter does not automatically enlist you. You need to talk to one to find out what the specifications are. I was not Navy, I was Army many, many years ago. My son is in the Navy and said that the first couple of weeks were pure hell then it became easier. The hardest problem that he had was a that there were a lot of recruits that did not listen and thereby caused them all to get extra PT which sucks for the guys who listen. The PT and the mental training is the hardest to deal with - you will be screamed at - sometimes for no reason at all and you will wonder why you are being picked on - that is a normal reaction. If you react - believe me, you will be picked on all the more - if you are a sensitive one - think very hard. If you can handle it (the RTCs in your face) then speak to a recruiter and do not let them railroad you until you are ready. You are not in the Navy until you sign on the dotted line and raise your hand in oath. Recruiters have ways of talking you into doing something because you could be missing the filling of a billet - this is true, but wait until the time is right for you. Finish what you have to finish but speak with a recruiter to find out what your options are and what you have to do - like how much weight must be lost . My son's recruiter taught them everything before leaving - the ranks, the general orders, the sailor's creed. I don't know if all recruiters do this, but according to my son - no - not all the recruits came in with this knowledge. It makes it easier for you. I do know that during boot camp - hair is cut to above shoulder length. I see from your picture you have long hair. I understand this is only during boot camp. From everyone that I have spoken to (other branches of the military) the Navy has the best food and the best cooks. So I would think you would be getting some excellent training. Good luck with whatever decision you make.
Mary thanks so much for all the great advice. I do need to talk to a recruiter so i will do so soon. Im really nervous and excited because the Navy can open up so many different opportunities for me that i never thought of. I heard also that the Navy has the best chefs so thats also a big encouragement as well. Everyone has to eat, especially sailors. Getting yelled at i believe i can handle, im just worried about being in shape so hopefully a recruiter will helpo me in that area. I read from a lot of blogs that it is recommended to work out ahead of time so i have to do double to lose the wieght and to also get into shape. Thanks again.
I don't know about all recruiting stations, but my son's did. These young ladies and men work out every week. They were constantly quizzed on their general orders, sailor's creed and pushed to their limits for physical endurance. I agree with Chris' statement below a good recruiter will work with you. My son's did. My husband and I have actually come to look upon our son's recruiter as family now. Good luck and please make the time right for you. Don't let anyone talk you into something you are not ready for. You are #1 and when it is time for you you'll know it. Good luck and God Bless.
Honey, the military has a lot of great things to offer the right people. It is what you make of it. Boot Camp is hard - but it can be done. There are no personal hatreds, even though at time you may think that your RTC hates the sight of you. You have to understand - that is their job. They must toughen you up mentally. If you can't handle it on friendly soil - how would you handle a situation on hostile soil? No personal feelings. I remember my boot camp many years ago. I couldn't believe that someone could be that mean. You know what I called home and my dad told me if you can't do it come on home. I said to myself "can't do this - I can do it" and I did. It made me stronger too. Graduation day walking down the parade field was the proudest day of my life.

Enjoy the chance to travel around the world - free of charge. Good luck in your decision.
Thanks again mary for the advice. I know that bootcamp will be hard so if i choose to join the Navy i want to be ready. I do have some respect for RTCs, )even though i might not like them in bootcamp) because they have to be tough in their training and they know that most sailors dont like them so it has to be a hard job at times. I know that having so many other people in bootcamp doing the same thing will really help me because i can say "if they can do it and so many other people before me, then i can do it."
A good recruiter will work with you to prepare you both mentally and physically for the Navy. You can go into the DEP (delayed entry program) for up to a year, and can use that time to get into shape and learn a lot of the stuff you'll need to know. Arriving at boot camp well prepared makes it SO much easier. You don't have to play catch-up for 8 weeks. Boot camp is tough but do-able. And as previously mentioned, seeing a recruiter doesn't obligate you in any way. You can take all the tests etc. but until you sign on the dotted line and take the oath you can totally change your mind.
Thanks for the advice Chris. I thought about what you said about the DEP program so i called a recruiter today to tried and make an appointment but he said that i had to lose half the weight before i could get an appointment. :( So i still got a lot of work ahead of me before i can join the navy. But it gives me a lot of time also to make sure this is the right decision for me. Im not going to give up because i see all the opportunities the Navy has so im going work hard to get in shape so i can talk to a recruiter.
I would choose another recruiting office. I have never heard of you have to make an appointment. I would just walk in and speak to someone. Don't tell them anything other than you want to join the Navy. Let them tell you. They can do a BMI and tell you exactly how much weight you have to lose. I would also change recruiters. Doesn't seem like this guy wants to be bothered. That is one that I wouldn't trust. Believe me, you want to trust your recruiter. My son's recruiting office brings the DEPs in once a week and works them out. Schools them and drills them. He wants them prepared for Boot Camp . Some are there for over 6 months. I believe you can be in DEP for up to a year, not sure though. So I don't understand that they won't even speak with you. I would look for another recruiter and just go in and ask about the DEP program, do they have weekly DEP meetings/PT. You need to be assertive and tell them what you want. Good luck
You are right Mary. I took your advice and went to the office but it had closed early for the day. As i was walking back to my car i saw a recruiter and asked him about getting information. He sounded like the same guy that i talked to on the phone. He said i have to enlist to get into the delayed program but i cant do that until i lose some wight. He said i could come in and talk to him to get information. He told me to come on Monday around 2 45. I went at 2 30 and the office was closed again. I waited for a while because i was early but no one showed up. I have decided to continue losing weight and find out more info online about the Navy. When i lose the weight needed i will go to the office again but talk to a different recruiter. I hope there are more i can talk to because that is the only recruitung office in my area. Thanks again for all your advice.
First thing dont even worry about the rules. Its only 8 weeks of BC and for a lifetime of oppertunity it would just be a milestone. I support women to further there career in the navy because it is such an amazing oppertunity to better yourself and see things your friends and family would never be able to imagine. Its a career that you can look at and know that not only are you proud of yourself but your country is proud of you and incredible thankful for. I would encourage you to talk to a recruiter ASAP and get yourself into the DEP program. They will meet up with you once a month and work with you on your skills, fitness, and goals. If you need to talk with someone who would help guide you through this i would be more then happy to help you. Good luck and make sure you lay out every pro and con imaginable.

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