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anyone have a son or daughter is ship 9 division 301

I was wondering if anyone got a letter yet.  I still have not received one. But I got his address from his recruiter.  We received mail for him from the navy credit union and it had wrong address but still got to us.

Added by Dorothy76 on August 20, 2014 at 11:19am — 3 Comments

The lump in my throat and the pride in my heart

The count down began months ago when we received the news regarding my sons official "deployment" date...8/22/14.  10 months...seems like a decade of time versus "boot camp" and "underways"

Underways prepare you ( somewhat ) for the periods of time you don't hear from your sailor. I became like a teenager with a school girl crush - watching and waiting for texts / emails or if I was lucky a PHONE CALL!! In my mind I knew he was never in harms ways since I assumed he was never that far…


Added by CodyCyleMum16 on August 19, 2014 at 2:18pm — No Comments

any words of encourgement?

im excited like hell to leave and to experience something that i pushed my mom to allow me to do because the miltary wasnt something she supported. im very apprecitive of this opportunity to leave early and get the ball rolling dont get me wrong.. its the fear that maybe ill let myself down in standard, proving to myself that what i thought i could do, i cant. i am aiming for 20 yrs in this service, doing as much and getting as much possible that i can. im fearful of my goals and expectation…


Added by Shantea on August 19, 2014 at 3:58am — 3 Comments

20140915 Sept 15 2014 ABH

this is it.. i was meant to leave in january and in a second, i was leaving next month. I'm terrified out of my mind and unaware on whether i can do this or not. What if im not ready, or i fail bootcamp or... i dont know but the fear is running through my mind and leaving my mom, all of who i have. can i do that? i love that woman to death! this is nothing like college, can i do this? and then abh i have no idea whether i will love or hate the job. im just scared and outta shape and omg..…


Added by Shantea on August 19, 2014 at 1:59am — 2 Comments

Flag Retirement Ceramony

My girls and I were able to attend a Flag Retirement Ceremony..Was such a neat experience.  Wasn't sure if i was allowed to take pictures during so I got one after with some of America's finest current and past military.. I had one explain to my girls that saying "thank you for your sacrifice" means so much more then thank you for your service, and he explained to girls to write, write, write!!  and send letters to those not getting mail even if its just a handprint or drawing or family…


Added by momof3TX-Becca on August 18, 2014 at 10:52am — No Comments

Saying Goodbye

My son leaves for boot camp on Tuesday morning. I knew this would hard, but I have been crying for days and he hasn't even left yet. I am so proud and so sad. How did the last 18 years go by so fast? How on Earth are we expected to let them go?


Added by Alottolearn on August 17, 2014 at 7:20pm — 6 Comments

PIR 10-10-14

looking for other moms who SR will have a PIR on 10-10-14

Added by Sunny N Kansas on August 17, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Courtesy of The Navy College Program and T.A.

Added by CryptoDad on August 16, 2014 at 10:53pm — 3 Comments

Getting there and so proud

We have 5 weeks left until PIR for our girl. We got to talk to her a week ago and that  helped but also made it hard again.  This has definitely been a life experience for her but also for our family.We are all so proud of her and continue to count down the Friday's to see our SR. We have been writing letters and continue to pray that with each day, that she is also getting stronger and learning so many new life skills. 

I have to thank this site for so much comfort and information. …


Added by AzNavymom on August 16, 2014 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Welcome Proudmamabear!

Welcome to the Navy, Proudmamabear! My son is also a Nuke and just completed all the school phases and is now on a sub (Henry M. Jackson stationed in Bangor, WA) and out on his first deployment now as we speak! It is a wild ride but hang in there! If you have any questions, we can all help you! 

Added by joyfulmom on August 16, 2014 at 1:25pm — No Comments

physical today

My son is doing his physical today, so happy for him. Wanting to hear how it went. Going nuts no call yet.

Added by daysia on August 14, 2014 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Just want to be held

Im terribly excited for the new journey and path i am about to endevour on in my life, yet i feel as if i should be fearful or sad but i cant bring myself to that emotion. ive only had my mom my entire life, when the time comes.. will i be able to walk away from my mother? its like college people say but in my mind i keep thinking this nothing like college what so ever, their is no parent weekend or anything , no cell phone, no form of contact.. im leaving the woman who sewn my heart…


Added by Shantea on August 14, 2014 at 12:13am — 2 Comments

any opinions on jobs

 I took my asvab and got a 48 and with my citzenship thing not alot of jobs are for me right now i go to meps monday so im excited but some of the jobs my recruiter was telling me about, any opionons i mean honestly.. whatever i get, i just get and im going to use my time in the navy to reach for the stars but some of the jobs were








im really intrested in mass communication but i cant or even photographers mate…


Added by Shantea on August 14, 2014 at 12:05am — 4 Comments

Dep Process

What is the DEP process? Why does it take so long so get in? He does not leave for boot camp until March 4, 2015.

Added by Kim on August 13, 2014 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments

Its Official I am a Mom of a Seaman Recruit

As of yesterday I am an official mom of a Seaman Recruit.  My Son left for Bootcamp yesterday.  I received 2 calls from him last night.  One when he landed in Chicago and the scripted call. 

I joined this site in May 2013 when my Nephew entered Bootcamp. In November my Son joined the DEP, and yesterday he shipped.  I am quite proud of myself, I am doing ok  I thought I would be in really bad shape.  I know he is doing what he wants to do and I am so proud of him.  He was so…


Added by Yorkiefan on August 13, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Help .... finding my son's personal belongings

I am proud to say my son, James, was recently discharged as a hospital corpsman and served proudly in Okinawa Japan marine base Courtney (and others).  

I need contact information for the Okinawa "DMO" or travel representative that would have boxed and shipped my son's personal belongings.  

It has been 9 weeks and no one from the Marine base has any information where his valuable personal belongs are .... or if they were ever shipped home to Ohio.

Can anyone…


Added by karent on August 13, 2014 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment


TJ just finished 7 weeks in Hawaii on the RIMPAC exercise. I never knew such a thing existed. This was his most enjoyable deployment. However, he did have to leave his daughter born in January along with his wife in SanDiego. That was tough on all 3 of them. He now will have leave and be able to come home finally at the end of September. Can't wait to see them!

Added by Dianne C on August 12, 2014 at 8:06pm — No Comments

One week down.

My son left for boot camp 1 week ago today.  I'm still feeling sad, happy for him at the same time but not what I expected.  Very difficult not being able to talk to him and at least get an idea of how he is feeling.  Being able to encourage him through things I guess was more helpful for me than I realized, cause that is what parents do. I know he has made a great choice and Im confident he will do fine.  Looking forward to boot camp graduation but in the back of my mind I know I'm going to…


Added by JAS65 on August 12, 2014 at 2:37pm — 5 Comments


Hello I am new to this site and I am trying to Navigate through. My question is, if anyone can answer please, me and my family which consists of my daughter (the sailor) myself and my 10 yr old son, am I allowed to live in Military housing, do I want to, if not any suggestions on what part of Charleston to look at, as far as safety, schools, and being close to my daughter. Please help.

Added by Taysmom37 on August 12, 2014 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

I'm back and preparing for kid #2 to meet with the recruiters - looking for PIR 5/10 of 2013'


So most of you know me as Liz's mom ship 14 division 179 from 2013, and some of you know what that was like.  She's doing great now, working full time and going to college part time.  

So now it's my Son's time to start the enlistment process, and to be honest, I'm scared.  I've been through the I didn't pass my PFA, to Fit, and then she got hurt went to RCU, her cousin and BFF dies of Ovarian Cancer, and was Sepped.  I'm really nervous, and hiding the fact that I'm really…


Added by Stephkid2joining aka Liz'sMom on August 12, 2014 at 11:12am — 2 Comments

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